It’s been about 2 months since I picked the last apricot off of my apricot tree. I had so many that I was blanching them and freezing them for later use. Last week I canned my last jar of apricot jam and I couldn’t be happier to be done with that for the year. Finally… all the apricots are gone!!
Except, now I have a problem… I have the urge to can something, but the only stuff in my garden that’s ripe at the moment is zucchini and habaneros!
Luckily, I froze all the strawberries from my garden this summer. And I have a rhubarb plant. I totally took both ingredients and made strawberry rhubarb jam!
To be completely honest, I was a bit hesitant to make this stuff. Before recently, I’d never once cooked with rhubarb. I remember my mom picking rhubarb once when I was really young and I know a rhubarb plant the moment I see it, but that’s about as far as my experience with rhubarb went prior to this year.
I’m glad I jumped in and made this jam, though. It turned out absolutely amazing and I now know I was worrying for no reason!
It’s sooo good. I really wish my strawberries had produced more. I have a ton of rhubarb, but only enough strawberries to make two batches of this deliciousness.
Not only is it yummy, it was just as easy to make and can as the apricot jam.
Smash up your strawberries, chop up the rhubarb, put both in a sauce pan with pectin, lemon juice and butter. Bring to a boil, add sugar, stir continuously until the jam reaches a rapid boil. Allow to boil for one minute. Remove from heat, ladle into jars, process jars.
That’s it. Easy peasy! And if you’re intimidated by canning, DON’T BE! I was, too, before I gave it a try this summer. Now I want to can EVERYTHING. It’s becoming an addiction… it’s just way too much fun!
If you are such a noob that you don’t even have canning supplies yet, I recommend this canner/pressure cooker (it’s multipurpose… awesome, right?). Mine is identical, except smaller. I wish I had one that big. I guarantee you I will one day! Oh, and definitely invest in one of these kits. The kit is totally worth it. It makes life so much easier!
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