I LOVE these strawberry preserves!!
They are so sweet and yummy and FRESH! Mainly because her recipe uses fresh, not cooked, strawberries! It's an interesting and oh-so-yummy twist on traditional strawberry jam! These preserves taste great over biscuits, ice cream (my personal favorite) or straight out of the jar!!
After years of enjoying this tasty treat, I decided it was high time to learn how to make them myself, so I offered Gram a trip out to our local strawberry farm and farmer's market in exchange for a lesson in the kitchen! Turns out her preserves are not only delicious but easy and fun to make too! I mean, how many times have you told your children to STOP smashing their food?! Well, now they can! So grab your kiddos and get smashed!
Start with the freshest strawberries you can find!
Make sure you wash them and cut the stems off, as close as you can.
You don't want to waste any of these beauties!!
SMASH 'em up! The potato masher made quick work of this!
For a full recipe, you're going to need 4 cups of fresh, smashed strawberries, so just keep cutting and mashing until you have enough! It only takes a couple of minutes and they will look like this!
In a separate bowl, mix 1 packet of Ball Instant Fruit Pectin with 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar.
Gram gets her pectin at Wal-Mart in the gelatin section, but she has seen it near the canning supplies at other grocery stores as well. Make sure is says NO COOK!
Once your pectin and sugar are well blended, add to your strawberry mash!
Now set your timer and stir for 3 minutes!
Pour into jars and you're done! Now how sweet is that?!
Fresh strawberry preserves can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks
and in the freezer much longer than that!!
Well, what are you waiting for?! Go pick some strawberries and get smashed!!