Today I started thinking about Christmas. Mmmm, Christmas cookies...
Oops, that's not what I meant. My mother does start baking those around the time of Halloween. Not quite Easter, but still... Halloween!
But this post has nothing to do with Christmas cookies (darn!).
No, I didn't get out the decorations or the tree. I didn't hang the stockings or make a fruitcake (not that I would ever make one of those, even in December).
Today, I started thinking about gifts.
Today, my mom came over and we made strawberry jam!
Why? Well, because strawberries are currently VERY cheap. And because I'm off work for the whole week. And because it's raining and there was nothing else to do!
To make the strawberry jam, we used some yummy-looking strawberries.
We also used some not-so-attractive-looking Sure-Jel. Seriously, is this box from the seventies?!
The overall process was actually rather quick. We used the food processor to mash the strawberries.
Here is the mess we made:
But here is the final product:
After 24 hours, these jars will all be placed in my freezer until December. Along with some homemade bread, these will serve as delicious Christmas presents!
Here's the recipe, if you're interested:
FROZEN STRAWBERRY JAM
2 c. crushed strawberries
4 c. sugar
1 pkg. Sure-Jell
3/4 c. water
Place prepared strawberries in large bowl. Add sugar and stir. Let it sit for ten minutes. Pour Sure-Jell into saucepan; stir in water. Bring mixture to boil on medium high heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat.
Stir Sure-Jell mixture into strawberries; stir 1 minute or until mixed. Pour jam into containers within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off container edges; cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours then store in freezer for up to one year.