Tuesday, February 26, 2019

just for fun - Tomorrow, February 27th, is Strawberry Day

Strawberry DayYes, tomorrow is Strawberry Day, so I thought I'd  share with you an easy recipe for making your own tasty Strawberry Freezer Jam and share some fun information about strawberries as well. First the info. Did you know . . .
  • Strawberries were a gift from Chile in the 1700s
  • garden strawberry plants made their way to North America in the 1750s. 
  • The plant is fairly easy to grow and doesn’t seem adverse to flourishing anywhere in the world. 
  • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen each Spring.
  • There are 200 seeds on an average strawberry.
  • Strawberries are not actually "berries" as their seeds are on the outside, not inside.
  • Americans eat an average of 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries every year. If you count frozen strawberries, that number is closer to five pounds.
  • California produces 75 percent of strawberry crops in the U.S.
  • Strawberries are actually members of the rose family.
You will find more fun facts at this link.

My favorite recipe for Strawberry Freezer Jam is found in the package of Sure-Jell. I use the low sugar type as I do not want to cover the wonderful flavor of the fruit with too much sugar. Get four cups of cut berries and set aside. Mix three cups of sugar with one box of Sure-Jell, add one cup of water and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Stir for one more minute then add to the berries. Stir until mixed. Put into containers, leaving about 1/2 inch at the top. Cover and set on your counter for 24 hours, then put in freezer until you are ready to enjoy - and believe me, you will absolutely enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I've always canned my jams but this sounds so good and easy waiting for Spring!