summer journal: strawberry picking
June 27th, 2012
We had a weird spring, so the strawberry crop was a little weak, but that didn't stop us. We (I) picked a bunch and we (they) ate a bunch, then we came home and cooked a bunch. Strawberry jam was of course on the docket, but this year I also made strawberry fruit roll ups and strawberry syrup. The fruit roll ups were fantastic! I used this recipe, but cut the sugar down to a few tablespoons.
The strawberry syrup, though, that's where it's at. Last year I checked out the book Canning for a New Generation so many times from the library I finally just bought the damn thing. Canning books usually put me off because the recipes are super labor intensive. This book is different. The author, Liana Krissoff, doesn't assume you have any fancy canning supplies, only a big pot and some jars. She even tells you how to make some equipment--throw rubber bands around your tongs and you have a jar lifter! Also awesome is that all of the recipes are for small batches. Some people are into sweating at the stove canning all day, I'm not really big on sweating.
The recipes in the book go from basic to slightly more adventurous. She also includes recipes for using all that stuff you canned, which is always helpful. What I'm saying is, the book is good, check it out! Now back to the strawberry syrup. It is crazy sweet, but I didn't want to mess with the sugar content because I was canning the stuff. We used the tiny bit that didn't fit in the jars for strawberry soda. You only need the littlest bit, because again it is super sweet, and it is also super strawberry-y. Holy crap! Mixed with pamplemousse sparkling water, this is hands down the best soda I've ever had.
adapted from Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff
- 4 lbs strawberries, washed and hulled
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
Makes about three 1/2 pint jars, or two with some leftover to make sodas right away. The book doesn't say, but I'm guessing these are good for 6 months or maybe a bit more. Cheers!