This is kind of a record for myself so I will remember how much I can get out of the strawberries and rhubarb I buy. Have to write it down. Can't trust my memory. Funny, I can remember what happened years ago, but not what I had for dinner last night. The joys of aging.
I started out with six gallons of strawberries and a gallon and a half of cut up rhubarb from four bundles bought at the Farmers Market.
I used the strawberry jam recipe from the Sure Jell box.
8 cups strawberries
7 cups sugar
1 package Sure Jell
Mix the berries and Sure Jell and bring to a rolling boil. Add the sugar and bring again to boil. Boil 1 minute. Ladle into jars. Wipe jar rims and top with lids and rings. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
I wound up with 28 half pint jars of jam from four batches plus about 2/3 of a pint that went into the fridge.
Next was the strawberry-rhubarb jam.
4 cups strawberries
2 cups rhubarb
5 cups sugar
splash of lemon juice
1 box Sure Jell
The process is the same as the strawberry jam. Two batches yielded 14 half pints.
On to the strawberry-rhubarb sauce. The following is the doubled recipe.
10 cups rhubarb
5 cups strawberries
10 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
I cooked the mixture on a medium low heat until the rhubarb was soft and the sugar was completely dissolved, stirring often to prevent scorching, and then brought it to a rolling boil before taking it off the heat. Both pints and half pints are processed in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Two batches of the above recipe gave me 8 pints and 16 half pints. There was maybe a 3/4 of a cup left over after filling the jars and Son ate that over vanilla ice cream. Said it was delicious.
By that time I was wearing down. Can't seem to work as long or as hard as I once did. It's that age thing, I suppose. At any rate, I still had berries left, so I bagged them up and into the freezer went nine quarts. I think between Son and I, we probably ate close to another quart fresh and in strawberry shakes. So now I know what I can get out of six gallons of strawberries. This coming winter when the temperatures are falling and the snow is blowing, a little bit of summer in a jar is going to taste really good.
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