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Get Those Strawberries!

April 8, 2011

Florida strawberry season is winding down, so make sure you stock up! The Florida Strawberry Growers Association has great tips on how to store strawberries so that you can enjoy them long after the season has passed.

I’m going to try Strawberry Freezer Jam. The recipe looks so easy!

1 quart Florida strawberries, room temperature, washed, hulled and crushed

4 cups sugar

1 box fruit pectin

¾ cup water

Add 4 cups sugar to crushed strawberries in a large bowl. Stir thoroughly. Let stand for 10 minutes. Mix ¾ cup water and fruit pectin in a small saucepan. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir into fruit and continue stirring for 3 minutes. Ladle into clean, sterilized baby food jars* immediately. Cover at once with lids. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Store jam in freezer. Small amounts may be kept in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

*I found some plastic, freezer-safe containers in the canning section of a store, which I’m using in place of the baby food jars.

What are some of your favorite ways to use strawberries?

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