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Yesterday was the first "Jam session" of the year.  That means strawberries!

But not from these sad looking plants.  I think I put too much hay on top of them over the winter.  And come to think of it, I probably shouldn't have used hay at all.  Just look at all that grass!

I just bought strawberries ~ 2 lbs. 
added 4 lbs. of sugar and a box of Sure-Jell.
and there you go ~ 9 wonderful half pints of jam.

I always hope there is a little too much to put in a jar so I can eat it warm right out of a bowl. 

I love jammin'.


  1. yum. bring on the french bread...

  2. WE made strawberry jam this week too!

  3. Have you ever tried using Pamona's Universal Pectin? It's all I use and it uses WAAAAAAAAAAAY less sugar and tastes amazing! I'll never use the 'other stuff' again.

  4. I just found your blog via Clear Blue Sky and I love it! I'm new to canning and any tips you can provide are greatly appreciated! I'm your newest Follower, and I've enjoyed my visit today. I love company and new friends are always welcome, please stop by when you have a moment.

  5. ooh, would love the exact recipe!.... YUM.

    We just started a big strawberry patch. I've been told they are a pain in the butt.

  6. Karen,
    I used the cooked jam recipe in the Sure-Jell box. It's pretty easy. And yes, I would agree that strawberries are a pain in the butt. They are just so yummy!
    From the Country farm,
    I will have to look for the Pamona's. Always fun to try something new.

  7. oh...i see my good friend mary here of ocean breezes and country sneezes....

    came by via glad i your red farmhouse...and what great timing..i have had strawberry jam making on my mind...i even bought a yellow gingham shirt i call my Jam Shirt...i wear it while making JAM !!!!

    happy to stop by today
    kary and teddy

  8. Strawberries are on sale here - I am going to have to make some of this jam!

  9. that is so pretty!
    perfect! it reminds me of the summer days to come!
    take care,

  10. Nothing as good as this and we have been making freezer jam with the strawberries..YUM! :D

  11. I agree with From the Country Farm about the sugar. In days past I would have thought nothing of using that much sugar but now that my hips and waist have declared a "time out" I would love to have alternatives to the over the top amount of sugar used. I will have to try her recommendation.

  12. You can't go wrong with some good ol' straberry jam....yummy!!!!

  13. today i came from the farmers market and got me some jam. my pipe dream is to live in a lovely farmhouse like yours and make jam from fruits in season. such a charmed life you lead. looking forward to visiting here often.


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