Sunday, June 13, 2010


Finally it is strawberry season in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The shipped-in berries that have been in the grocery store for the past couple months have been so irrigated that they are huge and have very little strawberry flavor. There used to be a farm up the road from my house that sold berries that had not been irrigated, and they were absolutely the tastiest berries. But the farmer has retired, and it's back to fat, watery berries. Just the same, we get a few baskets every year and enjoy them while they are fresh.

When the girls were little, I used to can fruit and vegetables just to make the grocery dollar stretch. Now that they are out and on their own, I haven't done much canning; and I have to admit that I miss it. My cousin Audrey mentioned that she was going to put up some things this year. Then Larry's niece Gail said the same thing, so I got the bug. I went through my Farm Journal Canning and Freezing cookbook as well as my recipe box and made a list of things I'd like to preserve and the months I'll need to do it.

I have frozen a bag of berries for making Christmas jam when cranberries are available in the fall. I made some strawberry/grapefruit juice, and I think this will taste great in the winter. Here's the recipe from Country Woman magazine.

4 quarts fresh strawberries
5 to 6 medium grapefruit
1 quart water
1 1/2 cups sugar

Puree berries in food processor. Squeeze grapefruit to make 1 quart of juice; strain. In a large kettle combine strawberries, juice, water, and sugar. Cook uncovered over medium heat until the temperature reaches 190°. Remove from heat and skim, then strain. Ladle into hot jars leaving 1/4" head space. Process for 15 minutes in boiling water bath. Serve chilled and undiluted.


Sue said...

Oh I love the strawberry season too! Fresh picked are so nice.
I love the plans of putting things by and I think it's a great idea with the economy the way it is. We really need to stop and think about living more of a self-sustained lifestyle.
The Amish have the right idea. Depend on no one, but the Lord and the land! :)

Have fun with your canning and I'll be doing the same!

At Home With Amy said...

That juice recipe sounds quite good Mary. About the only thing I've ever attempted to make was freezer jam. My mother in law is a big time canner. Maybe someday I will have the time to ask her to show me how.
Enjoy your weekend.
Hugs, ~AMY~

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

I admire you so much! I really wish I had payed more attention when I was younger and my Nana would can veggies and fruits.
I have only done freezer jam as well!
I may make a resolution for next year!

xo, misha

Barb said...

We have been enjoying strawberries for a few weeks now, but they are almost over in Central PA...but they have been plentiful and beautiful this year! I am so glad to see your blog post...I have missed you, and for a few days had problems with your last post showing up...but you are here now and I am so happy to see you! Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

博行 said...

you did a good job..................................................

Jennifer said...

I can't wait to try this juice!

arcellgonzalez said...

Strawberries are the most favourite fruit of mine as I just love to eat it. I like to eat all the dishes which contains strawberries.