Thursday, August 5, 2010

True Blood Recipes: Summer's "picked in the church yard" strawberry preserves

4 cups strawberries, washed and capped.
1 cup water
4 cups sugar
Sterilized Jars, lids, and rings ( makes 2-3 pints)

-Wash jars in hot water with detergent and rinse well, or wash in the dishwasher.  Place clean jars in boiling water to cover and boil for 10 minutes.  Keep hot while you prepare the Preserves.

-Prepare the lids and rings according to manufacturers recommendations.

-Combine water and sugar.  Cook until it reaches soft ball stage or 235 degrees F on the candy thermometer.

-Add the strawberries and cook over high heat for 15 minutes.  Skim off foam while cooking.

-Put into sterilized jars, leaving approximately ¼ inch of headspace (air). Wipe rim and threads with a damp paper towel to remove any sticky sugar residue and seal lids.  Tighten lids, but do not over-tighten. Turn the jars upside down to cool.  Put partially filled jars into fridge immediately.

-Inspect the jars to be sure they sealed.  As they are cooling you may hear them “pop”.  This is a good sound- it means the vacuum has pulled the lid down.  Any jars that do not seal should be put in the fridge to use first. 

-Make biscuits cause you know you want some!!!

Summer's " I want you to taste my biscuits" recipe can be found here

"I like you, Hoyt. I wanna be your girlfriend, and I really want you to taste my biscuits."