This morning, I told you all about our U-pick adventure.
As promised, here’s what we did with all those berries!
As you might suspect, some went straight into our mouths. I used some of them to make a strawberry pie. I had never made just strawberry before, and while I still prefer strawberry-rhubarb, I loved how easy this was (strawberries with a 3 ingredient glaze)! I think it may become my new 4th of July potluck dish.
I froze some of them after my friend Jeanne suggested it. We’ll enjoy these in smoothies later in the year.
Unfortunately, by the time Jeanne gave me that idea most of them were already over-ripe, so I made A Lot of jam.
I just make freezer jam using the recipe on the box. Basically, you just smash the berries and stir in the sugar and pectin stuff. Kids can help with the whole thing.
Now, my first batch, which was a really Big batch, was an epic fail. This probably doesn’t happen at your house, but around here every time I go to bake or cook something, I discover that some key utensil has disappeared-in this case my 1 cup measuring cup. So, I tried to eyeball my measurements. Well, turns out, the one way you can screw up freezer jam is by not getting the measurements just right. It says this all over the instructions if you bother to read them.
So, for take two I used smaller containers and managed to find an actual measuring cup. Much better. We now have five containers of strawberry jam, two and a half Really big jars of strawberry “syrup,” that I think will be yummy on waffles or ice cream, and several ziploc bags of berries in the freezer. I also have a colander full still to be dealt with. I may just make another pie. All in all, it was a great family outing, and I’m excited to have a taste of summer stored in the freezer. Am I ready to be done with strawberries for a while? Yes….berry.
Need a quick idea for tomorrow? Let your kids freeze a bunch of junk (see above). I have no idea why, but my boys find it endlessly entertaining to create ice sculptures and then smash them apart outside. It’s a fine idea unless, of course, you’d prefer not to have your containers filled with frozen feathers…..