After picking and buying 10lbs of strawberries last weekend, it wasn’t long before we realized we needed to find something to do with them before they went bad. So we emailed Robert’s grandma and got her recipe for strawberry preserves. The recipe is fairly simple:
1 quart (4 cups) of strawberries (green tops off)
1 quart (4 cups) of sugar (yep – 1 quart)
We also had to go out and pick up Gulf Wax and Mason Jars.
We had about 2 quarts of strawberries total that we wanted to make into preserves, so we doubled the recipe above (and note: 1 5lb bag of sugar is 8 cups, so that worked out pretty well).
When they got to a mooshy consistency that you like for your preserves, add the sugar, stir and watch out – if it splatters and hits you, it hurts!
After the sugar dissolves, continue to stir and slow-boil for 15 minutes (after the sugar dissolved, we turned the heat down to medium-low, so it will continue to roll but not splatter)
We didn’t leave the stove while this stuff was boiling – it grew four or five times the size of when it was just the strawberries and got close to overflowing a few times. When it gets that close to overflowing, lift the pan off the heat for a minute or so and let it shrink down – the closer to 15 minutes it gets, the less it will grow.
At the end of the 15 minutes, there will be a pinkish foam on the top of the strawberries and really little bubbles and it will smell amazing.
The next step is to wait while the mixture cools, about 1 to 2 hours, if not longer, then fill the mason jars. We used a 1/4 measuring cup to slowly pour the preserves into the jars.
After filling all of the jars (and 2 quarts of strawberries goes a long way) – we melted the gulf wax down using an empty, clean can (I used olives in pasta salad earlier in the day, so this made a good can to use) and put a bar of wax in the can, then sat the can into a 1 quart pan with about 1 cup of water, which we brought up to about medium heat, which melted the wax pretty quickly. Then, we poured the wax slowly over the back of a spoon to slowly coat the tops of the jars we were saving (we didn’t put wax on one of the jars, which we put into the fridge so we could use it now)
Pouring the wax…
And the end result – with the wax coating. When we are ready to use these, we’ll just pop the wax off with a finger or spoon and have fresh preserves 🙂
And yes, they are absolutely delicious!