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Monday, June 15, 2009

GUESS WHAT I DID TODAY.....6/16/09

YEP...I made STRAWBERRY PRESERVES...

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I sure did....

YIPEE....
RUBY TUESDAY again...
O...I just LOVE this day ...
I surely DO love the color red...especially when you can eat it...
is our gracious host...and she has a nice long list for you to visit...
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I am also linking up with
3 OR MORE
for the first time...
THE GYPSY'S CORNER is our host...
This is a fun meme that you won't want to miss.
Go over and leave sweet words and visit all the othes listed..
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DO you..or have you ever made fresh
STRAWBERRY PRESERVES ?
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WE are getting the BIGGEST, REDDEST and most JUICY
STRAWBERRIES right now...
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may i just say......
O HONEY !
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I usually use the recipe on SUREJELL packages but
I wanted to try this new recipe...from a blogger....that I am so SO
sorry that I can't remember just who: please let me know so I can acknowledge your name...

SOUTHERN STRAWBERRY PRESERVES

4 cups strawberries, washed and capped (now, my strawberries were so large that I cut them in fourths..

1 cup water

4 cups sugar

Sterilized Jars, lids, and rings ( makes 2-3 pints) ( i actually got 5 half pints and HOPE this IS GOOD for 3 OR MORE...?)
Wash jars in hot water with detergent and rinse well, or wash in the dishwasher. Place clean jars in boiling water to cover and boil for 10 minutes. Keep hot while you prepare the Preserves.
Prepare the lids and rings according to manufacturers recommendations.
Combine water and sugar. Cook until it reaches soft ball stage or 235 degrees F on the candy thermometer.
Add the strawberries and cook over high heat for 15 minutes. Skim off foam while cooking.
Put into sterilized jars, leaving approximately ¼ inch of headspace (air). Wipe rim and threads with a damp paper towel to remove any sticky sugar residue and seal lids. Tighten lids, but do not over-tighten. Turn the jars upside down to cool. Put partially filled jars into fridge immediately.
Inspect the jars to be sure they sealed. As they are cooling you may hear them “pop”. This is a good sound- it means the vacuum has pulled the lid down. Any jars that do not seal should be put in the fridge to use first.
make biscuits 'cause you know you want some !!
*this is the first time i have used this recipe...the preserves taste like a million dollars while the , ummmm, texture, I guess, is different from any i have made before..hard to describe..i guess i could say it is "a little stringy"..meaning when i lift my knife after putting it on my biscuit, it "strings"....almost like stringy cheese. Not sure what caused this or if it is SUPPOSED to have this consistancy...ANYWAY...sure taste GOOD... making it at home lets you use MORE strawberries and it tastes SO FRESH..



this photo was made AS SOON as i finished cooking...the perserves are still warm and so is the hot biscuits with melting butter...all this photo needs is a cup of HOT, sweet coffee....and YOU!!

:O)

XOXOXXOO

62 comments:

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Oh my stars! I am drooling. Those preserves look sooooo yummy. Give me a hot biscuit and those preserves and I am one happy woman!

Marites said...

woah! got me drooling! my entry is about strawberries but not as delicious as yours :D

ellen b said...

Oh boy! I bet that fresh strawberry jam tastes fabulous!! Looks so beautiful....

DrillerAA09 said...

Oh WOW!!! Red you can eat. That's the best kind of red there is and nothing is better than Strawberry Preserves!!! Well done indeed.

Happy RT.

Carletta said...

All of your shots are beautifully done! Love the boiling strawberries - I can almost smell the sweetness.

My Ruby post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

Blondie's Journal said...

How delishious, BJ!! Thanks so much for the recipe and how~to photos. I have never made preserves but I know the jars would NOT last long in this house!!

Ruby Tuesday sounds like a lot of fun!! I will have to try it next week!

xoxo
Jane

ellievellie said...

Oh! I can smell that boiling sugar and strawberry! May we stop by for a cup a tea :) We'll bring our spoons :)

Blue Creek Home said...

Oh my goodness, how yummy those biscuits and warm strawberry preserves look! Do you ship to Alabama???? Rhonda

Kathy said...

DELISH!!!!! I love to make Preserves!!! They always turn out so beautiful, I love how they look sitting there so pretty on my pantry shelves. Glad your Red day was so much fun, xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Picket said...

OH MY WORD!!!! Where is a scratch & sniff patch when you need one!!!! BJ my mouth is watering so bad I need a napkin!..Girl I have never made jelly or preserves in my life but you make me want to start...my grandmothers use to make every jelly ..jam...and perserve you could imagine and mama use to make 'strawberry' perserves with figs and strawberry jello....and your pics are beautiful girl...what kind of camera do you use? Man it is late at night and I am wanting to go look in the kitchen for something to eat..I can't even make biscuits aughhhhhhhh! lol lol Have a great week sweetie.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Hummm these sound great. I will have to give them a try. We are picking blueberries and blackberries Sat at a pick yourself farm, can't wait to make my jellies and jams next week.
Molly

imjacobsmom said...

Oh Boy, Fresh warm preserves and fresh warm biscuits what can get any better than that? YUM! I bet your kitchen smelled so good. ~ Robyn

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Boy, oh boy bj, I am there! With bells on...Hugs for inviting me..:)
I am sooo far behind. Running out of steam!
I will get something posted..or...or...never mind. I WILL get something posted!

Ahhh..garage sale..I found a mug for my coffee...RED! PERFECT color of red and have been using it constantly since Saturday.
LOVE it!
Hugs and smiles and all that! :)
Mona

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

My mouth is watering! Your bisquits and strawberry jam looks so good!

I love the picture of you sitting on your bench on the side bar! You are such a cutey!
xo
Penny

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

P.S. I think I will stick to the other recipe. Looks good but I love the other one.
EVERYTHING looks good and if I were there..for this Ruby Tuesday..I would be smacking my lips in pure joy...you can bet!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OK girl now I am drooling...that looks so YUMMY!! all your photos looked great also...May you have a great week BJ, Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh I wish I had some of those preserves in my refrigerator right now! That looks soooo good! laurie

Rhonda said...

Hi BJ!
Glad I found your blog; I think I may recall your rooms from Rate My Space a long time ago...
Your strawberry preserves look fantastic! But I must say I am really loving those little Witch Feet!!!! Where oh where did you find those?
Fondly, Rhonda in CA

Cathy said...

Oh my...my mouth is watering!!! I want a big huge plate of everything pleas!!! I used to make jelly and jam with my mother-in-law!!! It has been years, This makes me want to do it again!!! I am going to grab the recipe!!!

Enjoy the day!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Really Rainey said...

I just made some peach jam... Can't wait to make my strawberry this year... Yours is gorgeous!
Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!
~Really Rainey~

Allidink said...

Wow Bj! That is awesome! I have never made my own preserves but my grandma does :) It's so bright and cheerful!

All the best,
Allison

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Oh this looks so yummy! I have never tried to make preserves before. I bet yours are beyond delicious!

Kady

Barb said...

Well those look just too too good!!!

Thanks for shoring.

blessings,
Barbara Jean

arkie said...

Have to say, this sure made me want some strawberries!

floreta said...

i want to reach out and eat the strawberries! very vibrant and great food photography.

Candy said...

Would love to come for breakfast. Welcome to 3 or more. This is my first Ruby Tues. I have never made strawberry but we do Mustage grape jelly from a huge vine on our property. And have also made black berry jam, but not recently.

I'll keep my eye out for the recipe location.

Happy SWEET Tues,
Candy

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

Oh wow BJ, your preserves make my mouth water, you ambitious girl. I have never never worked up the courage to try to make preserves but have always wanted to because I love love love homemade jellies and preserves. You go girl!! (and save some for me, I'll be there in oh five, six, seven hours.?) lol!
♥ Teresa

...... Kristina ...... said...

ooooh!!! that looks so yummy BJ i can almost taste it mmmmmmmm!
Love Kristina XxX

Mary said...

Oh BJ, your preserves look mouth-watering! I have always wanted to try this, but am a little nervous about the whole sterilization thing...

Beverly said...

Ooh, yum. I'm on my way over right this minute.

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Oh...for the love of sweet strawberries...you've got me so wanting to try this...looks and sounds yummy! LOL...Tried to reach in and grab em' all! YUMMY...sweet everythings!

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh BJ, Hot biscuits, melting butter and home made strawberry jam! It doesn't get any better than that! Strawberries should be ripening and ready to pick this week here (thanks for the reminder to check the U-pick website). Last night I dreamed we were neighbors:>)

Melanie said...

Yummy! xxxx

Terri and Bob said...

I am so jealous!! That looks great. Walmart has strawberries for $1 a qt. I wish I had some time to jelly them up! The biscuits look divine!

Dixie said...

BJ... these look delicious... I've been thinking about doing the same thing... but no time...no time...

my grandmother use to use a very similar recipe... we'd pick strawberries from her garden and bring in a little basket full... she'd make preserves... sometimes a jar or two at a time... good memories...

if you see a stranger at your door... drooling... it might be me!

Angelika said...

Ooohhh ... I am adding myself with my drooooling comment to all the other comments!

This looks so delicious and the presentation invitingly delightful .... I wish ..... :-))

squawmama said...

Hold on girlfriend, I am on my way over for Coffee, Biscuits & Jam... YUMO! Loved all your redness today...

Happy Ruby Tuesday!!!

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Barbara said...

BJ Wow I am headed to the treadmill, the pictures and your description alone caused me to gain a few pounds and I don't need them.
I have never done any canning, Roy bought me a video several years ago and I looked at it and decided this wasn't for me, but seeing your preserves makes me think I might try. I say also RED YOU CAN EAT IS GREAT.

Bye for now!
Barbara

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Wow, those biscuits and preserves look pretty darn yummy! I know you won't mind enjoying another one for me, right BJ?

I just got finished making a strawberry cake recipe (which I found on a couple blogs) for my daughter's birthday celebration tonight. I hope it tastes as good as it looks. :)

Neabear said...

Between my root beer floats yesterday and now your yummy in the tummy strawberry preserves and biscuits we are really making people drool. LOL! A scratch and sniff on the computer would definitely be nice too. Oh and yes I think this makes a nice Three or More post. Glad you joined Tam for that.

Love ya,

Linnea

Dianne said...

you didn't just make preserves! you made art!!

Crystal said...

This strawberry jam look delectable. Your photos just make my mouth water. I may have to give your recipe a try :)
Thanks for sharing!
Crystal

Barb~Bella Vista said...

BJ, this looks so goooooood! The biscuits and preserves are making my mouth water!!!!!

Delicious!

Hugs, Barb

Martha said...

I love it!! Please pass the utensils, YUMMERS!!
Thanks for your visit for RT this week. I posted my strawberry cake last week for RT, funny.

Nancy said...

Hi Miss BJ, I'm having to swallow because my moulth is watering! Thanks alot! Now, I need some Strawberry Preserves! Oh, they do look so good! Enjoy them! Nancy

Brenda said...

No, I have never had the nerve to embark on such an ambitious endeavor, but I sure wish I'd been in that part of Texas when the biscuits came out of the oven and the coffee got made to taste it!
Brenda

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh. Wow.

Too good! I can't say I'll ever make my own preserves, but I sure do admire you for doing so, and it just looks so divinely delicious.

Ummm... excellent!
Cass

Kim said...

I've never made strawberry preserves or jam. We always make strawberry shortcake with our strawberries. Your biscuits & preserves did look yummy though.

skoots1mom said...

when can i come over?
they look awesome
wish we could get strawberries like those :)

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi BJ, looks just mouthwatering - you clever thing. A car boot sale is probably a cross between a garage sale and flea market, you clear out your junk, put it in the boot of your car, drive to a field and sell it. We tend not to have garage or yard sales here, so the car boot is the best place to go to rummage through other people's junk! Mr. Bloom says thanks for the hug, right back at you!
Lucy x

Deanna said...

Please pass me one of them biscuits girl cause I'm mighty hungry! You always give us such delicious goodies! I will definitely try this recipe and let you know how it turned out.

Also, please send some thunderstorms our way if you will...lol!

Hugs,
Deanna :D

Sares said...

Oh Yum Yum Yum! I love homemade jam. It looks delicious with those biscuits too. My Mom has a bowl just like the one with your strawberries. Just a little reminder, my Costume Party is still on for tomorrow, hope to see you there!

Ralph said...

We are awaiting our berries, this being the first year for us to plant the sweet fruit. This spring has been cool and rainy, but I hope the local varmints leave us a few as the fruit ripens!

Smilingsal said...

I sure wish I could be there!

Kathy said...

Wow, that looks so good, I may have to try it.

salmagundi said...

I have always just made the freezer variety of strawberry jam; but this does look good - especially with those biscuits. Sally

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Ooooohhhh, you are the best for sharing that recipe!!! Now if the birds leave me any of the strawberries I may be able to try it out...LOL.
Thank you for participating in 'Three Or More' and have a wonderful evening,
Tam

Jim said...

This is a very pretty posting with all those nice red strawberries. Mom made strawberry preserves. I really liked eating the foam part.

Happy RT, thank you for your visit and for leaving your nice comment.
Congratulations on the GREAT! My grandkids are old enough to be parents but two aren't married and the married one probably won't have any. And BP is twelve.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

WE have had the best luck so far with strawberries...been eating by the dozens. I would love to have some of your preserves with a scone...YUMMMM! I need to learn to can! My Mom always did everything by canning....she made the best raspberry jam. cherry

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! This looks so delicious! Love preserves and I'll take one of your homemade biscuits and pass the preserves, please! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathleen said...

That looks wonderful..I'd love one thanks..
I did strawberries too for 3 or more Tues.., LOL..come peek!

Karen ~Georgia Angel said...

That looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing.