I'm not sure why I've shied away from canning & preserving food. I come from a long line of women who put lots of time and effort into filling the pantry for winter. They never complained and when old enough we "had to" help. I wish I had pictures to show you of the rows upon rows of jars. Pickles, pears, peaches, cherries, beans, to name a few of my favorites.
I wish I had paid more attention when I was still at home, because then maybe the thought of preserving food for my family wouldn't be so daunting.
SO I figured I'd start small. 20 lbs of strawberries, a NO cook NO canning recipe. I am NOT an expert but I know how to follow directions.
I hope that my "notes" and photos will inspire you to give a try! When I added up all the receipts, I can't honestly say it's cheaper to make it, then buy a jar of jam from the store. But I know where the berries came from, I know what I added, and most importantly the process and experience is what matters!!
Find some cheap or free labourers to do the dirty work, thanks P & Q for all your hard work!!
I wanted the cute little jars with the berries on them, but the frugal side of me said no. (Yes M I know you'll be "mad" I bought jars, when you have a whole cabinet fill :)
Yes I'm sure it would have been easier to wash them by hand...but in my house if it fits in the dishwasher it goes in the dishwasher!!