Monday, August 21, 2006

Strawberry Jam Part Deux

My menu plan for the week is in the previous post. Which is where I also did some b*t*hing about making strawberry jam. Good suggestions to try freezer jam. Next time, believe me, I will. I've made it before. I thought maybe this would be a way to learn the actual canning/processing method. I gave up. Well, partly. I just decided there was no way I wanted to be canning at 9:30 tonight after work. So I finished off the recipe and put it in jars without processing it. The recipe book is for 'small batch canning.' They aren't kidding. I only got 2 pint jars out of it. Which is good because a lot of strawberries would have gone bad. At least I know this much will get eaten quickly. And what do you know? I looked up recipes on line and found one that uses the exact same ingredients, including the amount. And it takes 40 minutes from start to finish. So what's up with this 'let the strawberries and sugar sit for 8 hours' and (after cooking) 'let sit for 24 hours'?????? I admit to having a reading comprehension problem. My eyes probably just skimmed those parts. If I'd been paying attention, I would have looked for another recipe. Next time I'm gonna try salsa. But if I can't make it within an hour from start to finish...I'll buy Old El Paso.


org junkie said...

Hey I hear you on the work involved. I love it fresh but sure can't be bothered making it myself. Too lazy I guess...LOL. BTW thanks for sharing your menu. Laura

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