Sunday, May 23, 2010

Strawberry Update

From the 11pounds of strawberries Kansas Dad picked on Friday:
  • 7 pints of strawberry jam
  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • ate about 4 cups with whipped cream.
From the 11 pounds of strawberries Kansas Dad picked yesterday:
  • 2 loaves of strawberry bread (very yummy and very moist)
  • strawberry shortcake shared with Grammy and Paw Paw (Kansas Dad made real shortbread and real whipped cream)
  • 10 cups of frozen strawberries
  • some we ate fresh
We didn't pick any today, but Kansas Dad is going out in the morning so I'm sure we'll be doing something with strawberries tomorrow. We also stocked up on some lemon, cheesecloth, pectin, jars, extra lids and freezer containers so we can try even more recipes from our Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. There are a lot of strawberry recipes in there, so we shouldn't get bored too quickly.

The chickens are probably in heaven. Not only are they eating strawberry hulls to their hearts' content, they even got the sugary foam from the strawberry jam. Today, they thanked us with seven eggs, the most we've gotten in a long time!

By the way, I do have some pictures from our strawberry jam. I've just been too tired to get them off the camera. Hopefully I'll get to that tomorrow. You know, because our jars of strawberry jam are going to look very different from anything you've seen before. Or not.

Kansas Dad also planted a bunch of tomato plants yesterday and today. I think the pepper plants will go in tomorrow. I know I'll be thankful when it's salsa time!

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