Sunday, May 6, 2012

It’s a Process





Mess #1

Mess o'sugar

Cook 'n' stir


Mess #2

Worth it

The only ingredients are strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and pectin.  (Plus about 5 or 6 hours of my time, lots of water and the gas for the stove.)  I’m gonna check on prices when I go back to the store, and see if I can figure out how much a jar cost me in materials.  Not that it matters…the taste makes it worth more than anything you’ll find at Food Emporium.

Update: Surprisingly enough, a pint (16 oz.) jar cost just pennies over $2 to make.  A 32 oz. jar of Smuckers jam at my local Harris Teeter is $4.39.  Not only is that slightly more than my homemade stuff, but Smuckers is full of high-fructose corn syrup.  Even the expensive "all-fruit" preserves have unrelated ingredients like clarified pear juice.  I didn't do this to save money, but what a nice little bonus, eh?


  1. You are right...worth every penny and every minute!

    1. It's like sticky red gold. :)

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    1. The strawberries are pretty good, too.

  3. Don't they look beautiful lined up there ... the pictures aren't showing up for me today, but I had a look a day or two ago, and they were beautiful then anyhow :) That's a significant difference in price, especially since yours is healthier.

    1. Thanks for dropping off a comment in spite of my technical difficulties--I fixed it all up, if you needed another look, lol.

  4. Wow! You will be eating good this year. High five on a job well done.

    My canning days are long gone (my hands don't work so well anymore) but I remember what an absolute joy it was to crack open a jar of something I made. I think it's a lost art and I only know 1 other person who cans anymore. My grandmother taught me and we canned together every year. I loved it.

    xo jj

    1. It's my mom who taught me about canning. I can't help but think of her and be thankful whenever I look at my pretty jars.

  5. love those pretty little jars.. need to buy me some of those

  6. By the way, Mary the college grad is the little baby from India I told you about a while back!


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