WE are getting the BIGGEST, REDDEST and most JUICY
STRAWBERRIES right now...
may i just say......
O HONEY !
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!!