It’s strawberry season, and this has been a great year for strawberry growing. Our little patch is doing well, and we get plenty of small berries from the alpine strawberry plants which are growing all over our garden.
We are lucky to have a couple of berry farms very close to us, so I have been able to buy strawberries for next to nothing. Its got to the point though, where we’ve eaten about as many as we can handle. Ive dehydrated a couple of batches for winter eating. Dehydrated fruit makes great snacks (we also love bircher muesli with home dried strawberries, plums and feijoas in it… yum!), I’ve frozen a few big bags too (these are mostly used for smoothies, and maybe a batch or two of winter strawberry jam).
I made a small batch of strawberry and rhubarb jam a month or so ago, and today I made strawberry and boysenberry jam. I think the pot looked particularly festive…
Jam making is actually one of my favourite things, it’s so easy and so satisfying. I don’t usually use a recipe, and with berry fruit you don’t need to worry about setting as they have plenty of pectin.
Do you like to preserve? What’s your favourite jam? I think Carter’s favourite is strawberry and boysenberry, since this morning he has had the new jam on a bowlful of homemade yoghurt and two jam sandwiches!