Something magic has happened once again! In some mysterious way, after all the whining, the GRAY, the wet, the mud, SUMMER snuck in the back door. ALL the pessimism about a rotting garden? (WELL, some of that was earned, some of those plants are in their 3rd planting after all!)…….is GONE.
JUST today, believe it or not, I had to water vegetable plants! THE fabulous news about that is, our 15 year old garden space shows healthy soil condition….it has been DRAINING the moisture all through the wet period. ALL I had to fight today was some MOLE invasions under plants, fertilize a bit, and truly admire nature, appreciate that things are actually GROWING (MORE on this later)….
THIS post is about what happens to signal the REAL beginning of a Northwest summer, at least to me.
The REAL INNER SENSE of this season happens WHEN the BERRY SEASON begins, and I make FREEZER STRAWBERRY JAM! THEN, my mood is changed, and renewed once again! Truly, it is.
Any worthy project starts with a spot of tea, yes?
Next, you’ll prepare your little freezer cups for their coming duty:
Then, it’s the last look at these Hood strawberries in their original form, just picked a few hours ago:
Everything peripheral gets measured and set out…pectin/sugars:
Finally, we start the fun stuff. Getting the berries cleaned, stems removed, and things look good:
Now, we core the berries, crushing ’em a bit with a potato masher, and “lucsious” comes to mind:
You’re ready to go………….Mix some of your pectin w/sugar, add a bit o-water, bring to boil, add your berries and get it OFF the heat immediately so berries don’t cook.
Ladle the luscious fresh berries into those cups, seal ’em up…..and you end with this:
That what happens to the first flat of strawberries that comes to this house………………….every year.
THIS JAM, represents just one of the many fabulous food gifts my Mom always made for us.
From the time we were kids before many folks even had a freezer, she was making this jam and did until she was in her last house….something she was so proud to serve when we came home to visit. Now I enjoy it year round.