So, I armed myself with my trusty glass pitcher-bowl. It holds eight cups, and mom's recipe only calls for four cups of berries. Boy, oh boy. We are gonna have JAM!
While I was spraying myself with the bug spray, a neighbor walked over with last minute dog-sitting instructions. So of course I asked her if she would like to join me on the berry-picking adventure. She declined. She and her hubby were watching a movie. Thank goodness. You'll see why shortly.
After about an hour of being eaten alive by mosquitoes. Yeah. The bug spray was not a deterrent at all. And my hands stained a beautiful shade of purple. My harvest was pathetic.
Here's a little more perspective on the situation.
Pitiful. I picked a few more today, but it still looks like I'm going to have to BUY berries. Well, here's a copy of the recipe in case you have more berries than I do.
Berry JamI'd love to hear how this recipe turns out for you.
4 cups berries (mom said any kind of berries will do)
Pour boiling water over the berries to cover. Let stand 2 min. (Might be a good time to skim off any bugs that you don't need as extenders) Then drain.
Add 1 cup of sugar and boil 3 minutes.
Add 2 c. sugar and boil another 5 min.-stir often.
Take off stove, add 1 tsp. butter.
Put in jars while hot and they will seal. Or, cool and put in containers for the freezer.