Local Strawberries Are Here!

Ooooh it is FINALLY feelin’ like summertime around here and if you’re ready to dive headfirst into the flavor of the season get yourself some local strawberries! Grown in Silver Creek, NY on Erdle Farm these beautiful berries are ready to make a splash this summer….

We have sweet shortcake biscuits by Lexi’s in the store all day every day, but if you’re aching to make some at home, here’s how it’s done.

Lexi’s Shortcake Biscuits

2 cups flour

5 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup very cold butter, chopped or grated

1 egg

3/4 cup heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Keep butter cold. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Using your hands, incorporate cold butter into the flour mixtureuntil it is just coated by the dry ingredients.

2. Whisk together egg and heavy cream. Add to dry, and continue mixing by hand just until the dough holds together.

3. Place dough on a flat, lightly-floured surface and pat or roll into a rectangle 1 to 2 inches thick. Use a biscuit cutter or floured glass to cut out biscuits, and place on a greased baking tray. Sprinkle with sugar.

4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Remove and let biscuits cool slightly before serving.

Seal away the season by canning your strawberries as a delicious jam! Here are easy to follow instructions from our Canning mentor, Kathy Manley!

Strawberry Jam

Yield: approximately 5 half pints

Equipment

  • Boiling Water Canner
  • Five (5) ½ Pint Jars
  • Five (5) Lids and Screw Bands
  • Jar Lifter, Magnet and Wide-Mouth Funnel (optional, but helpful)
  • Various size bowls
  • Ladle, Large Spoon, Potato Masher
  • 6 quart sauce pan
  • 1 box Pomona’s Universal Pectin

STEP 1: Before You Begin Making Jam

  • CLEAN jars and lids – wash jars, lids and screw bands in hot soapy water.  Rinse well and drain.  Not necessary to dry.  Inspect jars for nicks, cracks and chips.
  • HEAT JARS – place rack in the bottom of canner, then place the required number of jars on the rack.  When using 8-ounce jars or smaller, add water to the jars and canner until it reaches the top of the jars.  For pint and larger jars, add water to the jars and canner until the jars are two-thirds full.  Cover the canner and bring the water to a simmer over medium heat.  Not necessary to boil jars.  Heat processing destroys any microorganisms.
  • PREPARE THE LIDS – Set screw bands aside – they do not require heating. Place the lids in a small saucepan, cover with water and bring to a simmer.  Do not boil.  Keep lids hot until ready to use.

 

STEP 2: Ingredients

  • 4 cups mashed strawberries (about 8 cups whole strawberries, approximately 2 quarts)
  • 2 teaspoons calcium water ***see directions below
  • ¾ cup up to 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Pomona’s pectin powder (from 1 box Pomona’s Universal Pectin)

 

STEP 3: Prepare the Calcium Water  To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well. Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.

 

STEP 4: Let’s Jam!

  1. Wash, remove hulls, and mash strawberries. Measure into sauce pan.
  2. Add calcium water and mix well.
  3. Measure sugar into a bowl. Thoroughly mix pectin powder into sugar. Set aside.
  4. Bring fruit mixture to a full boil. Add pectin-sugar mixture, stirring vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes to dissolve the pectin while the jam comes back up to a boil. Once the jam returns to a full boil, remove it from the heat.
  5. Fill hot jars to ¼” of top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids. Put filled jars in boiling water to cover. Boil 10 minutes.  Let jars rest in canner approximately 5 minutes.  Remove jars from water. Let jars cool. Check seals; lids should be sucked down. Eat within 1 year. Lasts 3 weeks once opened.

 

Note: If you’re not sure if your jam is sweet enough, taste it after the pectin is dissolved and jam has come back up to a boil. Not sweet enough? Add more sweetener and stir 1 minute at full boil.