Thursday, 10 July 2008

Berries and Sugar

M & O , Grannie Annie and myself went strawberry picking. The kids were really excited. My camera batteries ran out while we were there so no pics . This year the the strawberries were on raised frames and under poly tunnels so the rain didn't matter.

After the disappointment of the poor yeild from our own strawberry plants this year ( 6 strawberries !) I must read more about fruit growing and see if we can improve on the crop for next year.

We decide to go to the professionals at Oatlands Farm for some serious berry volumes.

This was the result :-

This basket gave us 6 jars of delicious jam.

I used 1lb of fruit to 1lb of jam sugar with added pectin. The jam set very well , I will definately use this recipe again. This is the first year we have paid for our jam fruit previously we have embraced freeganism for our jam making. Last year we gleened green plums from my aunts garden .

The year before we foraged for blackberries by the coast.


Felicia said...

When I was a kid growing up in Florida mom would drag us out to u-pick strawberries. One would go in the basket and one in the mouth :) Nothing tastes better than a vine ripe strawberry fresh picked and still warm from the sun!

Melissa Goodsell said...

Oh those strawberries look nice! I just thought I would let you know that the swap details are on my blog - just incase you still want to join in :)
Enjoy your weekend,

Cele said...

Thanks for the lovely comment felicia. You are so lucky to grow up somewhere so Sunny.
Thanks Melissa the strawberries were fabulous. I have emailed you about the swap.Good Luck with organising it all.