Sunday, May 6, 2012

It’s a Process

Fixed!

Pick


Mash



Measure



Mess #1


Mess o'sugar


Cook 'n' stir



Fill


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?

11 comments:

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

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

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    1. The strawberries are pretty good, too.

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  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.

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

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  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.

    ENJOY!
    xo jj

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    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.

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

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  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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