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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Strawberry Fields forever .......

Florida in the spring is the primary source for fresh strawberries here.  We are lucky that the farms are close to us in Plant City, where there is a strawberry festival each year as well.  Today was a beautiful sunny day, and so I thought it would be a good idea to get going on some jam making.  I am always so optimistic about this, but my preserves are usually a terrible disappointment, they just don't want to jell. 
This year, I have made it a challenge:  new recipe book, new beautiful copper jam pan from Mauviel, and iron discipline where measurements are concerned ! 

Macerating ready for me to cook later.

Nothing ripe left on this plant, the tourist season is in full force now and there were many people out.
The beds are covered with this foil, keeps the strawberries really clean.

 I love these onions, called "strawberry onions", there are usually a couple of rows planted at the edge of the strawberry fields.  I don't know why.
So once I have made the jam, I will post an update - will it set or won't it ????
Update:  Yes, it worked !   I made two batches, 12 half pint jars.  I will do it again next month at the peak of the season, maybe strawberry marmalade next time.
All that is needed now are nice labels and a decorative fabric cover for the lids.


hiromi said...

Brilliant strawberries! I am looking forward to your update. I have heard that onion is one of companion plants for strawberry.
Have a good day!

Angelikas quilts and knits said...

Liebe Heather,
mit dem wunderschönen Kupfertopf wird es gelingen :-)

Liebe Grüße

Lou said...

Miamm vous allez vous régaler ! C'est trop bon la confiture de fraises faite maison !
Peut-être que les oignons c'est comme les rosiers en début des vignes ? je ne sais pas !
gros bisous