Partner: Pink Blush Maternity
A couple weeks ago we went strawberry picking up the road from our house at Berry Hill Farm; in Anoka, Minnesota. This was our second year going and the boys had blast! Strawberry picking is at its best middle of June to the beginning of July, so not a very long season at all. At this farm its $2.50/pound plus all the great memories you make and fun you having picking your OWN berries!
We picked about 10pounds of berries this year, the boys probably ate a pound while we were there! I decided before we went that I wanted to make some homemade jam, but I didn't have any pectin. Thanks to Pinterest I found a recipe that I modified a bit and Oliver and I started making our jam. This recipe is super easy and fairly quick, but I did choose to seal my jars, like you do when you can, simply because I wanted the shelf life to last longer.
With sealing your jars, your jam should last up to one year on the shelf. The process is very simple, place in large boiling water pot (jars should be completely covered) let boil for 10 minutes. You should here the tops make a "popping sound" or sealing, meaning it has done its job! If you choose not to seal your jars, your jam will last in the fridge for about a month, but always be sure to smell/taste test it before you enjoy!
INGREDIENTS: Makes about 1 to 1.5 jars
- 3-4 cups strawberries, depending on the size of your berries (washed and hulled)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice (fresh or concentrate)
- Wash and hull strawberries. Add to large container and mash until desired consistency.
- Add lemon juice and sugar, stir.
- Place in pan and bring to boil, then continue cooking on low/medium until it starts to thicken. (There will be a light pink foam that forms on top, this is when I turned the heat off)
- Using a ladle, place jam in jar, cap with lid.
- At this point you can either seal them by boiling (see above) or let sit at room temperature before placing in refrigerator.
Thank you Pink Blush Maternity for partnering with me on this post and providing us with these adorable outfits! You can shop our looks by clicking the images below. My outfit (shorts and tank top) are all from pink blush, super comfortable and the top is nursing friendly! Oliver's white shirt can be paired with any type of bottom and for any occasion, making it the perfect closet staple! Attikus's romper was an adorable pattern, soft/high quality material, and perfect for these hot summer months! Hope you enjoyed today's post!