Its strawberry season! The smell of ripe strawberries is intoxicating. I just can’t resist buying a whole flat…weekly! This week’s batch made popcicles and fruit roll ups. Next week’s will make jam (see last year’s post).
Strawberry Fruit Roll ups & Popcicles
- 4 baskets of ripe strawberries
Cut off the tops of your berries. Blend them.
Pour about 1/2 – 2/3 cup of the mixture on silicon mats and evenly spread across the entire surface. I just tip the mats around until it’s even. The process is super relaxing. (Note: my mats are made for my dehydrator but I’m sure those silicon mats will work too). Then dehydrate on 135 degrees for 3-4 hours or until the center is no longer wet.
Pull the fruit off the mat into strips and wrap in wax or parchment paper. Roll them up and tie them with a string. Store in an air-tight container. They should last about a month – though ours don’t last that long because the kiddo loves these tart little snacks.
You’ll have mix remaining. Pour them into popcicle molds and freeze. Delicious!!
Ok, ok. I know. It’s not the season but I’ve been really delinquent in posting and really need to archive this recipe. It’s so damn good! Seriously. Mark this one for next Summer’s jam making extravaganza.
Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam
- 3 cups fresh strawberries (chopped)
- 1 cup rhubarb (roughly 1 stalk) (chopped)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Place a small dish into the freezer to use for testing the jam.
In a large deep skillet, add strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, and lemon juice. Heat and stir until it reaches a rolling boil. Boil and stir until it thickens, 10 minutes. When it seems like it is gelling, take your plate out of the freezer. Put a small spoonful of the jam onto the plate and let sit for 30 seconds. Tilt it. If it slides too fast, keep cooking. If it moves slow, it is done. Test every minute or two and do not overcook it. Spoon into heat-proof container and cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. I froze some and am still loving the fruits of a quick Summer’s bounty boil.
- Wash one 8-ounce (or 6-ounce + 2-ounce) glass mason jar with a two-piece lid with soap and hot water. Dry completely.
- Add the jar(s) and lid pieces to a large pot of boiling water deep enough for the jar(s) to be completely submerged in water. Once the water is boiling, leave the jar(s) in there until ready to use.
- Remove the jar(s) and lids from water and drain out all of the water from the jar. Keep the water boiling. Spoon the jam into the jar(s). Wipe excess jam off the rim of the jar(s) so it will seal properly. Add the lid. You may want to use an oven mitt so you can hold the jar(s) still.
- Place sealed jar(s) back into the boiling water and boil for 15 minutes. Make sure it is submerged in the water. Remove from the water and let dry on a heat-resistant surface for 18-24 hours. Once cool, press down on the lid. If it stays down, it is sealed. If it pops back up, put in the refrigerator and use within two weeks.