Nearly every summer when we were growing up we would pick berries. The days were long and hot, all 3 kids piled into the back of the station wagon. On arrival to the farms each child got given a bucket, but we would eat more than we collected. We picked raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.
Mum would then spend the hot evenings (I always remember these days being so hot) making jam out of which ever fruit we picked, waiting up while the jam cooked to setting point. We would play backyard cricket, while waiting to fight over who got to lick the plate that mum tested if the jam was setting or not on.
Last weekend J went berry picking for the first time, I couldn’t believe he had never been before, but it just wasn’t part of how they were brought up.
He has been so excited by the idea of self sustainability, and this was just another way that we can be more proactive towards that. We picked 2.2kg of strawberries and I knew that they were all going to become jam.
I’ve always heard that strawberry jam was hard to make, it was time consuming, and didn’t set quite enough, but the jam is delicious.
Do you make your own jam? Have you tried strawberry?