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Friday, April 16, 2010

Strawberry Jelly

For the past several weeks I have been talking about making strawberry jelly, but have not done it. For some reason making jelly seems like something way beyond my culinary skills. I think because it reminds my of my grandmothers. They were both such great cooks, that in my mind it does not seem possible that I could be making the things that they made. I can still see all the jars lining Granny's pantry from all the vegetables that she had canned. I remember just looking at all the jars wondering how she did it.
Well this week at Wal-Mart the strawberries were on sale for $1.50 a carton. I figured if I really was going to make strawberry jelly now was the time. I bought enough to make one batch of jelly just to test my jelly making skills. I made wine jelly a couple of years ago and it really was not that hard (although I did ruin one batch because I skipped a step in the directions). So, with fingers crossed we all got started.

I knew that Ella would love chopping up the strawberries, but I did not know Miller would get so into cutting the strawberries. He stayed with us the entire time working very hard to make sure he got all the tops off of the strawberries.

If you look closely you will notice that Miller does not quite have his knife skills down.

Miller did not stay as focused when we moved to the food processor. However, he managed to keep himself entertained with the empty bottle of wine. Who knows why I still had it on the kitchen counter!

The finished product. 4 1/2 beautiful jars of homemade strawberry jelly!

Just like the wine jelly, the strawberry jelly was surprising easy to make! If you have been thinking about it, go for it while the strawberries are so cheap! I just used a box of Sure Jell and followed the directions inside the box.


  1. love all the new pics! your kids are beautiful...and getting so big! and did you make their easter dresses??

  2. What fun! I love that in one blog post Miller is a knife-wielding, wine-drinking superhero! ha!