It's Strawberry Season in Virginia Beach!!!
I picked up some delicious, ripe, juicy, red-to-the-middle strawberries from Cullipher Farms. Did I mention that the strawberries are organic. Yeah. Organic. Local. Deliciousness.
this recipe on the Ball website for Strawberry Lemon Marmalade:
Strawberry Lemon Marmalade Makes about 7 (8 oz) half pints1/4 cup thinly slice lemon peel (about 2 large)
4 cups crushed strawberries (about 4 1-lb containers)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
6 Tbsp Ball® RealFruit™ Classic Pectin
6 cups sugar
7 (8 oz) half pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands
1.) PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
2.) COMBINE lemon peel and water to cover in a 6- or 8-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 5 minutes, until peel is softened. Drain and discard liquid. Return peel to pan.
3.) ADD strawberries and lemon juice to peel and mix well. Gradually stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a full rolling that can not be stirred down, over high heat, stirring constantly.
4.) ADD entire measure of sugar, stirring to dissolve. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off foam if necessary.
5.) LADLE hot jam into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
6.) PROCESS in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.
How does one crush strawberries? I wasn't sure, so I cut off the stems and leaves from each berry and then cut them into smaller pieces. Then, in batches, I put them into a rectangular dish and crushed them with the Southern woman's multi-tool: the potato masher!
|Slightly over 4 cups = 8 half pints|
Go ahead. Pick some local and organic fruit. Bring it home and preserve it. Give it to friends. Open a jar in the deep midwinter and bask in the warm, sunny memories. Simple blessing... great joy.