Making Jam with Maisy and Juna

We had a ton of strawberries left over from our Coachella weekend and I couldn't think of any other way to use them than to make Strawberry Jam.  It was perfect timing and great fun for a play date!

I cored and washed the strawberries in advance.  Then separated them into two big bowls.  Put aprons on the girls and let them mash, mash and mash with all sorts of tools.  They thought it was great fun and were very happy with their mad mashing skills.

Mashing Maisy.

Mashing Maisy.

Jamming Juna.

Jamming Juna.

Maren could not quite figure out what on earth the girls were doing, so she just looked back and forth in wonder.

Maren could not quite figure out what on earth the girls were doing, so she just looked back and forth in wonder.

After we had 4 Cups of mashed strawberries, we put them in a pot with 1/4 C fresh lemon juice, 4 Cups of White Sugar and a long continuous peel of an apple peel (for the natual pectin).  

The girls were very excited about the idea of so much sugar!

The girls were very excited about the idea of so much sugar!

We mixed it up and put it on the stove to cook.  We stirred until the sugar disolved then turned it up to boil it for a bit.  We tested for the proper amount of jelling, then scooped off the foam.  By this time, the girls were over the jelly process and were onto playing some make believe game of Kid-Mommy.  

I ladeled the jam into sterilized and hot Kerr jars and we came up with 5 medium sized jars of jelly!

The girls tried it right off the stove on toast.  They seemed like very happy campers.  I wouldn't know, I don't eat strawberries, but it was fun to make!

Yum!

Yum!

Proud of their after-school accomplishments.

Proud of their after-school accomplishments.

Tonight we are going to tackle apple butter.  (We have a lot of left over apples too!)

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