I ordered 2 flats of strawberries. My plan was to make some preserves or jam and freeze some, and eat some!
The strawberries were delivered to my house amidst a VERY busy church meeting weekend. We had church Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend along with breakfast, lunch and supper. So that meant lots of cooking and lots of being at the church.
The strawberries were perfect though, VERY ripe! Friday night I realized I better do what I needed to do or else they would go bad and I would lose the money I paid.
So I made a double batch of jam. Well that only took 4 baskets of strawberries. (Please excuse I-photos, my camera batteries died).
Since I still had so many strawberries, I looked up canning strawberries. It was very simple, so I did that. You just wash them, cut off the stems and put them in a pot with sugar poured on top. Let them sit for a few hours, then heat them up and put them into the jars. I can't wait to use them.
After canning some of them, I decided to do some freezing. We washed them, then cut off the tops. We put some wax paper on a cookie sheet, then spread the berries on top and stuck them in the freezer for a few hours. When they were frozen, we put them in freezer bags. My daughter and I love to use frozen strawberries instead of ice for summertime drinks. Really helps with drinking water too. Makes it taste great :)
And after all of that, I still have 2 baskets left. I was feeling a little overwhelmed with it, but I know that I will be glad that I got this many and went ahead and put them up.
Looking forward to preserving a bunch more this summer, and hopefully several things from my yard :) Currently have some blackberries in the pot with sugar on them to preserve tonight.