Strawberry Jam Season is Here!

Strawberry Jam Season is Here!

The past week and half I have seen a ton of strawberry stands up around town!  It is strawberry season here and I am in LOVE!   

There are strawberry stands everywhere here!  You just drive down a few blocks and you will run into another one or someone's trunk which is filled with them!

There are strawberry stands everywhere here! You just drive down a few blocks and you will run into another one or someone’s trunk which is filled with them!

Not only are they everywhere but they are cheap!  The range anywhere from 4 zlotys to 7 zlotys a kilogram ($0.65 to $1.20 a pound).  It just depends if you getting them directly from the grower, how fresh they are, if there are other stands around them and they are sold out then other stands start raising prices.  So the early bird get the worm when it comes to strawberries here.  But do these not look AMAZING?

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These tasted delicious!

This family loves our jam especially homemade.  When homemade jam is half the price and I know what exactly is in it(a lot less sugar), why not make some?

Now here is the fun part of making jam here in Poland.  They have the Polish equivalent of US Sure-gel but they also have this!  This is sugar and Sure-gel mixed together.  I do not have measure anything, just pour and go!  There is 3 different types, the first part is how much fruit and the second number is how much sugar.  We like our fruit so I mostly made the 3:1 type since it will be 3 parts fruit and 1 part sugar.  I did one batch of strawberry jam with each of them to see which tastes better, so we know what to buy next year.

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Can it get any easier?

Here is how easy it to to make your own strawberry jam. By the time we were done making jam yesterday even my 8-year-old was making it herself almost!

First, clean and cut up 1.5 kilo's of strawberries.

First, clean and cut up 1.5 kilo’s of strawberries.

Then put the strawberries and sugar in a pot.

Then put the strawberries and sugar in a pot.

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Stir and bring to a boil.

If you are quite sure what the directions say, Google translate is AMAZING!!

If you are quite sure what the directions say, Google translate is AMAZING!!

Once boiling, keep boiling for 3 minutes.  Then take off the heat.

Once boiling, keep boiling for 3 minutes. Then take off the heat.

One the white foam is gone(about 2 minutes after taking off the heat), then pour into jars.

When the white foam is gone(about 2 minutes after taking off the heat), then pour into jars. Make sure you clean the rims to get a good seal.

Then tightly put the lids on and then leave upside down for 24 hours to ensure a good seal and you are DONE!

Then tightly put the lids on and then leave upside down for 24 hours to ensure a good seal and you are DONE! I learned to put them upside down to make sure there was a good seal.

Since fruit now here is cheap and the hubby was going to be gone most of the day, we decided to make more than just strawberry jam.

Here is how the rest of our afternoon went……

I tried my hand at strawberry & rhubarb jam this year.

I tried my hand at strawberry & rhubarb jam this year.

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When you have little helpers it goes so much faster!

Getting the next batch of jars washed and ready.

Getting the next batch of jars washed and ready.

My hubbies favorite, apricot jam cooking.

My husband’s favorite, apricot jam cooking.

Tried my hand at making cherry jam for the first time  too.

Tried my hand at making cherry jam for the first time too. Since they are about $1 a pound now or free if you have great neighbors willing to share with you!

This is the reason why God had someone invent cherry pitting machines! It would have been so much easier and quicker if I had one.

This is the reason why God had someone invent cherry pitting machines! It would have been so much easier, cleaner and quicker if I had one.

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Strawberry & raspberry jam in the making. This one smelled really good.

And this is what my counter looked like when I was finally done with this afternoon's project!

And this is what my counter looked like when I was finally done with this afternoon’s project, 37 jars later!

By the looks of it I think we good to go for jam this year until next strawberry season!  If you have never made homemade jam, you really should try it.  It is easy, cheap and most importantly a lot healthier for you!

What is your favorite jam to eat? Mine, mixed berry!

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3 Responses to Strawberry Jam Season is Here!

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  2. Paweł says:

    Strawberries are awesome (I LOVE them with vanilla ice-cream: put chopped strawberries in a small bowl, add some sugar and wait to get some juice, and then add ice-cream and mix everything up — delicious!), but wild strawberries (we call them: poziomki) are even better (they’re not as good for preparations, though).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca

    If you have some woods near you, you can try to pick some up (watch out for mosquitos!).

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