Saturday, May 15, 2010

Strawberry Jelly

Last year was my first attempt at jelly making. My mom gave me all her canning stuff along with the recipe for several types of jelly. Last year I made some strawberry and blackberry jelly. They strawberry was by far the big hit! We didn't make it through to fall with the jelly I made, so we've waited all year long for it to be strawberry time again... well that time has come!

This week the kids and I stopped at a local strawberry farm to pick the berries. It was a fun time, especially since you just never know how things are gonna go when you take Avery on an outing like that! But she did great, and we had a good time.

We picked two gallons worth of berries and headed home to get the jelly making process started.

Here's what we started with:

Next the sugar. It's an amazing amount, I guess that's why the jelly is so yummy!

Then after cutting and mushing the berries, they get put in the pot (then add all that yummy sugar!):

After boiling it and quickly adding it to the jars with the lids and rings, they get turned upside down for a few minutes (this is the first batch):

After a couple of minutes, the jars get turned upright and you wait to hear the lids pop!! That's the fun part. Here's the first batch complete!

And here are my cutie pie helpers! They mostly helped by saying... "oh, is the jelly ready yet?" But still they are cutie pies!!

All in all - so far - I've done 30 jars! I have a whole gallon of berries left, so I could do 2 more batches. I've used nearly 20 pounds of sugar, but have enough jars to keep going! We'll see how if I get around to it or not!


Lukw & Avery's Nanny said...

I didn't realize you & the kids picked the berries!! How fun!!!! I'm glad I was able to pass on my limited canning knowledge & "stuff" to you!

Love you!

Holly said...

Yup, we picked together! It's a fun time for sure!

Love you tons!