Dreams Do Come True: I’m Writing a Book!

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Next summer, in July or August of 2017, you’ll be able to buy my book! I’m writing a book! I cannot believe it. I wrote my first 4,000 words over the weekend and although it feels good, I have a lot ahead of me. It’s an awesome feeling but also so, so scary. It’s easy to let my insecurities creep into my mind but I will continue to be positive and keep my eyes on the prize, THIS BOOK IS GOING TO ROCK.

I began canning about ten years ago and it quickly became an obsession, I’m sure many of you know exactly what I mean. After a lifelong love affair with kimchi, I decided it was time to start fermenting as well (I finally mastered my recipe two years ago). As the years go by, I’ve come to realize that most people stick to one hobby or the other, not enough of you can and ferment food. That’s when the idea came to me and I decided that I needed to write a book with both canning AND fermentation recipes, for the same produce item. Now you will be able to easily reference recipes for both canning and fermenting for the same fruit or vegetable in one amazingly resourceful book, my book!

I’m going to be laser focused over the next 9 months and do my best to produce the most delicious recipes I can come up with.

Thanks for all the love and support over the years on this blog, twitter and instagram. ❤

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Homemade Organic Strawberry Jam Recipe – No Powdered or Liquid Pectin Added

Organic strawberry jam recipe - MinnesotaFromScratch.wordpress.com

We crossed over to the spring season a couple weeks ago, although it didn’t feel like it in Minnesota until this past weekend. Now that the snow is finally melting and things are starting to feel more spring-like, I have been inspired to post my favorite strawberry jam recipe so everyone can be prepared when the canning season finally hits.

Every season, I make my way down to the St. Paul Farmer’s Market to get my paws on the first batch of strawberries the farmer’s offer.  I prefer to go to the downtown St. Paul market because I enjoy the drive next to the river and love being surrounded by the gorgeous brick, historic buildings.  Not only is the setting incomparable, I also love this particular market because everything is locally grown and the selection and pricing is great.

Back to the jam…

Organic Strawberry Jam - MinnesotaFromScratch.wordpress.com

I favor this recipe because it is very simple and oh-so delicious. The only ingredients are strawberries, sugar and lemon juice.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs fresh, hulled strawberries
  • 4 cups organic sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon fresh squeezed juice

In a wide bowl, crush strawberries in batches until you have 4 cups of mashed berry. I use a potato masher for this.

I love this 4 cup measuring cup! So handing while canning.

I love this 4 cup measuring cup! So handy while canning.

In a heavy bottomed saucepan, mix together the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil.

Strawberry jam recipe - MinnesotaFromScratch.wordpress.com

Boil, stirring often, until the mixture reaches 220 °F (105 C). This can take 15-20 minutes but it is crucial you let the sauce reach 220° F otherwise it will not be jam consistency. Heavier bottomed pots seem to work better for heating.

Transfer to hot sterile jars, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch head space, and seal. Process in a water bath for 10 minutes. If the jam is going to be eaten right away, don’t bother with processing and just refrigerate.

Take care, Stephanie

What is your favorite jam to eat or make?

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