Scrumptious strawberry spread
- 5 lbs of frozen strawberries $9.88
- 20 oz of frozen cranberries $5.90
- 3 cups of sugar $4.32
- 1 package Pomona universal pectin $3.75
- 1/2 lime $0.10
- 1 tsp vanilla $0.10
Total: $3.01/ jar
I ordered these fruits in bulk from Azure standard, a company that is admirably working to be zero emissions. I put all the ingredients in the crockpot on highest setting for about 1.5 hours and then on lowest setting for another 8 hours. This really was about the minimum amount of sugar that I could use to get this to set. And I used Pomona universal pectin since it is supposed to be better for low pectin fruits and lower sugar recipes. Make sure it won't fall off a spoon, if it is runny add more sugar. Pour into these half pint jars with 1/4 inch at the top.
Process in a water bath for ten minutes.
If this sounds like too much work, perhaps we could set up a trade. The Urban Farm Handbook challenge for September is bartering. (Why that is so intimidating to me I do not know). Here are some things I have or would be willing to make for you: herbs, jellies and jams, homemade pasta, soup, iris bulbs, crepe myrtles, gardening design or advice.
Here are some things I want: rabbit, quail, cornish hen, turkey, or deer meat. Also pears or apples, or strawberry plants.
I feel like my items are in a scandalous personal ad: Sticky, saucy early springtime beauties are seeking sweets and wild meat. Errr....