Strawberry Jam!

Jude and I have been having so much fun this summer!  I have been home for just 2 weeks, but I feel like we have already had the opportunity to do so many fun things together.  I have found that the secret to life with a toddler is having a few things planned to do so he doesn’t just tear up the house out of boredom =)  One of our favorite things to do this summer has been visiting a lot of our local farmer’s markets and produce stands, and Jude has been in LOVE with all the fresh, local strawberries we have enjoyed lately.  I have been talking about learning to can and asking for home canning materials for about 3 years now, but I finally got around to trying my hand at making some homemade strawberry jam with Jude today.  I decided that canning the jam was the best way to go for us as our freezer space is a little limited at the moment.  I’m happy to say that we had a really good time and I guess we will need to wait to see if the jam came out, but I am hopeful!

All of our canning supplies, plus our yummy strawberries from a local produce market.

Heating up the jars-I had 12 oz. jars on hand, so that’s what I used!

Jude loved helping because it gave him the opportunity to eat as many berries as he could!

Mashing the berries with our handy-dandy potato masher

I think Jude’s favorite job was washing all of the berries.

My theory for raising babies is that children and clothes can always be washed =) I tend to be a messy cook myself, so he gets it honest!

Our finished product-10 jars of homemade jam!

I relied heavily on the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving for directions on how to can and my recipe was from the Pioneer Woman which you can find here, although I used the recipe from her second cookbook which made a larger quantity-I figured if I was going to all the trouble of canning, I wanted a decent amount.

Since it went so well I’m itching to try some other recipes for canning, and I’ll share any that are particularly magical =)  What do you like to can?

Blessings!

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