I start dreaming of strawberries in January, so my family gets very excited when they finally arrive in May! We eat whatever is fresh and in-season (easy to do when you live in NC!). This year, we made homemade strawberry honey, homemade strawberry jam, homemade strawberry kiwi jam, homemade strawberry ice cream, homemade strawberry milk and strawberry shortcake, all in two short days. I love the tradition of getting local organic strawberries every year, then making all of these delicious strawberry dishes!
When you make jellies and jams with the seasons, you know exactly what you’re eating, you know it’s fresh and you know its origin. ‘Canning’ is really not that hard. It does take some prep time and some planning, and it’s helpful (and more fun) to do this with a friend – I do this with my mom. But it’s truly not hard. And pulling out jars of your homemade jam to eat all year long…that’s a fantastic feeling.
My grandmother, Mama Lois, made this recipe when I was growing up. I believe it’s the easiest canning recipe we do. We use our strawberry honey (heated up or at room temperature) on pancakes (in place of maple syrup) and on ice cream. We stir it into plain greek yogurt to sweeten it. It’s a deliciously sweet strawberry syrup, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
I use this Serrated Tooth Edge Manual Food Chopper to chop strawberries, nuts, cabbage, and more. It’s one of my favorite kitchen tools! (Do not use a food processor, it does not work.)
Here are the mason jars I like to use. Please note, Ball and Kerr jars are available at Kmart, Target, grocery stores, etc. When you start looking for them, you see them everywhere. It’s great to start canning with jars that come with their own lids. Because I do this every year, I recycle the jars by using them as drinking glasses for the family or I buy the plastic twist-on lids and store leftovers in them. When I have enough jars, I save them for making jellies and jams next year, then I buy the lids separately. (Note you can reuse the rings repeatedly but the sealed lid needs to be replaced every time you make a jar of jelly or jam.) I also sometimes buy the lids with rings included, if needed.