The week before Christmas (2011), I was in the kitchen canning strawberry jam! Yes, you read correctly: strawberries. That delicious fruit that starts producing in the spring.
The reason I had waited so long to start making my jam is because I
was mortified that I’d screw up making jam as Christmas gifts! I had heard so many horror stories about
runny, yucky tasting jam, and I was not ready to take on the burden of being
There is a local pick-your-own strawberry patch just a few miles from our home. I picked a lot of strawberries for the main purpose of canning them as gifts for Christmas. What I learned last year is that if you don’t want to can throughout the whole season, you can puree fruits in a blender and freeze them for a later date to start canning! I also did this with blueberries I picked from another pick-your-own orchard.
I honestly believe that the reason I like canning so much is because I wasn’t doing it from May through November. It was great to make applesauce and apple pie in a jar in October, and then putting everything away until December.
If your zone is in strawberry season and you would like to learn (visually) how to can, I will be posting a vlog in the next few months teaching you how to do so. It truly is very easy, and it can be done with less than $50 in equipment! Until then, pick your berries, puree them in a blender or food processor and stick them in the freezer. They will taste just as good as they did fresh!