Friday, June 15, 2007

Strawberry Day!

We started with six generous pails of freshly picked strawberries.And ended with about 45 pints of homemade strawberry jam goodness.Whew. And only someone who is insane would spend the day with a helper and make 8 batches of jam, only to forge ahead and do 3 more batches on her own. I turned almost all of the strawberries we picked into jam, so we'll have to make another trip to the patch for strawberries for the freezer. I think I'm okay with that. :-) If you happen to be reading this and you live near me, head on out to Bodart's to pick strawberries. The berries are wonderful, and there's never anyone else out there picking! Go to the back of the patch for the big ones- but the small ones are just as sweet and delicious.

For other delicious ways to use strawberries, head to the Recipe Trove and check out Banana Split Salad, or Strawberry Ice Cream, or Strawberry Bread. Classic Buttermilk Waffles are on the menu for tonight, and while I'm certain I also posted about Strawberry Pancakes, I'll have to send you to Recipezaar for that one, cause I can't find it.

4 comments:

Rachel said...

i am SOOO jealous! there's no place around here to pick fresh strawberries...

Erika said...

Sorry Rachie...maybe if you ask nice you can have a jar of jam. :-)

Carolyn said...

Years ago - oh, probably in the mid 60's - I lived on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Summers are short there, so when strawberry season arrived everybody visited the strawberry farms nearby. The last week they put up signs "jam berries" and you picked your own for a nominal price. What a bargain. I made my own jam for a couple of years, before moving. Here where I live (So. California) there are strawberry farms, but you can't pick your own. Tood bad.

Erika said...

Carolyn, I'll bet those last berries make the sweetest jam! We have several u-pick patches here, but I can't help but wonder how long they'll last... I seldom see anyone else out there picking, and the ones I do comeout and pick a handful and then leave. :-(