Save those tender, sweet berries of spring by learning how to preserve strawberries in a variety of easy ways.
Jam is an easy and tasty way to preserve strawberries. Jam can be made in small batches that are simply refrigerated but it can also be frozen or canned for longer storage.
Because canning strawberry jam is done in a water bath canner it is the perfect project for beginner canners. It’s hard to mess up and the results are pretty guaranteed to be delicious.
Here are two very easy strawberry jam recipes:
Freeze Whole Berries
This is a great way to have berries for smoothies, muffins, and more later in the year.
Remove the leaves and tiny core, place the strawberries in an even layer on a cookie sheet and freeze for several hours, until solid.
Remove from the cookie sheets and store in containers until ready to use.
The great thing about freezing them on the tray first is that it’s easy to remove as many as needed later on rather than having to chop through a huge frozen strawberry block.
Strawberries are quite tasty dehydrated and make for a great hiking snack, baked good filler, and more.
Simply lay slices of berries on dehydrator trays and dry until crispy. Store in airtight containers.
If fruit leather is your thing, it can easily be done with strawberries too.
Can Whole Berries
Not my personal favorite as the berries get so very mushy in my opinion. However, it is an easy option if you’d like to give it a whirl.
Fill jars leaving 1/2″ headspace with strawberries and add sugar syrup. Remove air bubbles, wipe rims, and place on lids and rings. Process in a boiling water 20 minutes for pints, 25 minutes for quarts (adjusting for elevation).
This is a simple project that will have you making strawberry cocktails even in a blizzard. It also makes for amazing gifts when put into a nice bottle with a simple label.
Fill a jar half full with chopped strawberries. Cover the berries with vodka, fill the jar to about 1/2″ from the top. Give it a little shake and put it into a dark cupboard.
Let it sit, shaking when you remember, for about a month.
Strain the chopped berries and bottle the liquid. Sweeten with a simple syrup if desired.
Much like the infused vodka, this is a simple project that can really bring flavor to a kitchen.
Fill a jar full of chopped strawberries. Cover the berries with vinegar to about 1/2″ from the top. Give it a little shake and put into a dark cupboard.
Let it sit for about 2 weeks. Strain the chopped berries and bottle the liquid.
Use the vinegar for salad dressings and more.
Make the most of that strawberry harvest whether homegrown or from a U-pick farm this summer by eating tons of them fresh and saving some for the winter ahead.