I have to apologize because my blog was lacking in new posts last week. This is why:
Oh yes, and this is also why:
And that is just Wednesday's batch of jam! My freezer is now full of about a year's worth of lovely strawberry jam. Have you ever tried making strawberry freezer jam? It's easy and it is so delicious. However, the fruit-to-sugar ratio is quite shocking:
Yes, that's 2 cups of mashed strawberries and 4 cups of sugar. Oh, but my goodness is it so yummy. I love a spoon or two of this jam over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (For my strawberry jam recipe, I just follow the one that comes in the package of Sure-Jell pectin. Click here for recipe)
My reason for this post is to share with you one of my favorite tools. Last year when I was making strawberry jam, I discovered that a grapefruit spoon is perfect for removing the stems from the berries. I used to use a small paring knife, but now this is my weapon of choice. It's simple, dishwasher safe, already in my utensil drawer, and it won't give me a nasty cut if I'm not paying close attention to what I'm doing.