Maddie likes to make Strawberry Freezer Jam. Mash the berries, add sugar and pectin, stir… then into containers and into the freezer. Man oh man does that jam taste like a June morning! (Most of) The berries pictured here are now in the freezer in the form of jam.
Emily prefers to can Currant Jelly. Currants have plenty of pectin on their own, so you needn’t add any. Just sugar… and heat. Cook them until they start to gel. Then into glass jars and onto the shelf. I don’t think Emily realizes that after a week of training and getting camp ready, she will be picking currants and making jelly.
My friend Terry made a pie for his mom a few weeks back using elderberries he had picked and put up for the winter. He made the mistake of giving me a bite to taste. I’m totally hooked now! Elderberries are blooming now. I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for blossoms long the road as I drive to work, or back and forth to Girl Scout Camp. In early September, I plan to harvest some. I can almost taste the jam already…
Don’t worry, I’ll leave some for the birds.