|Early morning is best! Less competition for the berries.|
|7 3/4 lbs picked in 45 minutes.|
What did I do with the crushed strawberries? I made freezer jam (for the first time!!). It was very scary, but I think it turned out okay. We will find out for sure tomorrow morning.☺
|Photo credit to Matty (thanks Matty!♥)|
Here is the recipe I used for freezer jam.☺
SUREJELL Strawberry Freezer Jam from Kraft Foods
2 cups crushed strawberries (buy 1 qt. fully ripe strawberries)
4 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl
3/4 cup water
1 box SURE-JELL Fruit Pectin
Rinse 5 (1-cup) plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly. Stem and crush strawberries thoroughly, 1 cup at a time. Measure exactly 2 cups prepared fruit into large bowl. Stir in sugar. Let stand 10 min., stirring occasionally.
Mix water and pectin in small saucepan. Bring to boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling and stirring 1 min. Add to fruit mixture; stir 3 min. or until sugar is almost dissolved. (A few sugar crystals may remain.)
Fill all containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or in freezer up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.