When you buy 12 pounds of Strawberries for $3.96 you’d better have a plan! I didn’t at first but quickly formulated one. Strawberry Shortcake, Smoothies, and Jam. I think we’ve had Strawberry shortcake for dessert at least 3 times this week.
I didn’t have a “masher” so I had the idea to use my Pampered Chef chopper, and chopping it did! I put my daughter to work play and it was actually the perfect substitute for a masher, very quick and effective.
Here is the recipe from the Ball package:
4 cups of crushed strawberries
1 package of Ball Pectin (make sure you get the one pictured below, takes the least amount of sugar)
1 1/2 cups of Sugar
Step 1 – Stir Sugar and Pectin together
Step 2 – Add crushed fruit, stir for 3 minutes
Step 3 – Ladle into jars, let stand/chill for 30 minutes and it’s ready!
For us 4 cups of crushed strawberries was about 3-4 lbs of strawberries. We had previously cut them and put them into zip loc bags, so I’m not 100% sure. I do know we used 8 bags (each bag had 12 strawberries in it). We doubled the recipe above and it filled (12) 8 oz jars full to the top without a drop wasted.
We will be freezing most of it, but I doubt in this house that 96 ounces of fresh Jam will last us very long.
I am kicking myself a bit because I held onto several glass jars for months and just recently recycled them in a “get rid of clutter rage” day. So I had to BUY the jars pictured above. I checked a few stores though and found that Food Maxx had the lowest price by a long shot. I paid $6.59 for 12 jars. The pectin cost $1.99 per package (I used 2) and the strawberries were less than $3.00 for the jam alone. The sugar (3 cups) was probably around $1.00. So all in all I spent around $14.50 but the jars will NOT be tossed this time!