When we finished picking strawberries we had a picnic lunch and ice cream. Then we went to see the animals in the petting zoo. We also found out that there were saskatoons ready to pick, so we grabbed some more pails and went to pick saskatoons. (I will tell you more about what we do with saskatoons in another post.) The kids had a blast playing together at the playground and petting the animals. Us moms had a great time visiting and enjoying each other's company :) We are hoping to go back to Treasure Valley in a couple of weeks when the cherries are ready to pick. I am looking forward to another field trip there!
Strawberry Jam (and Rhubarb-Strawberry Jam too)
Canning supplies needed:
- Mash the strawberries with a potato masher, leaving some chunks.Put the mashed strawberries into a pot, add the lemon juice and bring to a boil.
- Add pectin and stir to combine.
- Stir in all the sugar.
- Bring to a hard boil and boil for 1 minute and 25 seconds.
- Turn off heat and skim foam off the top.
- Fill jars within 1/4" of the top. Wipe jar rims, place lids on jars and secure with rings.
- Place jars in canning rack and lower into gently boiling water for 10 minutes.
- Remove jars from water bath, place on a dish towel where they can sit undisturbed for 24 hours. You will know they are sealed when they "pop" and when you push on the lid it will not give.
Chocolate Chip Strawberry Muffins
To find the recipe we used to make rhubarb-strawberry jam, click here.
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease muffin pans.
- Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and baking soda.
- Beat the eggs into the oil, then add the strawberries and chocolate chips.
- Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture and mix together until batter is even.
- *At this point in the recipe we realized that we needed more liquid so we added 1 1/2 cups of water.
- Spoon mixture into muffins pans. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Strawberry Fruit Leathers
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