Friday, May 16, 2008

Strawberry Jam

Last week we went strawberry picking at Pacific Star Farms (an organic farm in Woodland, CA) and used the sweet fresh berries to make and can jam for the winter.  Naturally, we had to open one jar to make sure that it was good:

Peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich on Alvarado Street Organic California Protein bread; spiral cut organic Pink Lady apple; trail mix (pretzel sticks, raisins and carob chips); Organic Valley chocolate milk.

The sandwich was wrapped in the wrap-n-mat shown, another wrap was used for the apple (I thought I could sneak it in with the sandwich, but that didn't work out very well).

waste generated: milk box and straw


VeggieGirl said...

Oooh, I LOVE strawberry-picking; and nothing beats the taste of homemade jam :0)

Annelies said...

I'm so excited that our strawberry season starts in a few weeks! Your jam looks delicious. I just received a Wrap-n-Mat and cannot wait to try it.

casjen72 said...

YUM! Is that a recipe you can post?

Jeanine said...

I agree, Veggiegirl.

Annelies, you will wonder how you ever lived without your wrap-n-mat :).

Casjen72: I'm actually still working on this one. I have a recipe I got from a friend that I used last year with rasberries that doesn't call for pectin (uses some honey as a sweetener/preserver and granny smith apples as a natural pectin). For this jam, I tried using the same recipe with a little bit of pectin (last year's jam was a bit runnier than I wanted). Of course, I didn't follow the instructions on the pectin box correctly (I was trying to keep the sugar to a minimum) so I ended up having to split it into two batches after making it (I guess it is better to make jam in small batches - -I'm still learning) and had to add more pectin to each batch. The jar we opened was tasty, but I'm not sure which batch it came from. In other words, I'm still experimenting and couldn't repeat it if I tried! SOrry if that was too much information.

Annelies said...

I had to share that the children and I went strawberry picking today - first day of the season around here - it was fantastic!

Aubrey West @ Healthy School Lunch Ideas said...

I love strawberry jam. I hope you can post your strawberry jam recipe so we can try it too. Thanks!