Tag: strawberries

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Preserves

I normally do not like to post a recipe featuring the same ingredient two weeks in a row, but strawberries are special and finite. This is also one of the easiest recipes ever and will allow you to get a taste of spring all year long. This is a great recipe for someone that has never made jam or jelly before, only two ingredients, plus it is made to go in the refrigerator, so no need to can. Having said that, if you are an experienced canner, by all means double or triple the recipe and can or freeze it. I have made these preserves every year for the last ten years and they are my husband’s favorite snack with peanut butter before his long Saturday bike ride. They are also very yummy paired with cheese. Hints that I have learned over the years: Taste your strawberries first, if they are tart, use the recommended two cups of sugar, if they are sweet, reduce that down to one and a half. Also, not sure how they came up with the twenty minute time frame, but it will take at least double that amount of time before it starts clumping on the spoon (that is your signal that it is ready.) Happy preserving!

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Strawberry Scones

I think strawberry season is my favorite time of the year. There is not much better than a sweet, plump, and juicy strawberry. Over the years, I have made preserves, ice cream, gelato, one-layer cakes, multi-layer cakes, pies, etc., but I always come back to this recipe for its simplicity and perfect marriage of biscuit/pastry. It is not a fussy recipe, but produces pillows of yumminess that have a very finite life span. I dare you to stop at one.

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