Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Strawberries....

Last Saturday the Keepers at Home group gathered for a meeting on food preservation and we all learned how to make strawberry jam.

We met together, made jam, picked strawberries, ate jam and bread, and enjoyed visiting together. I was asked to take pictures......I hope you all enjoy my documentation of the day:-)



Strawberries waiting to be processed.


The Meeting ~

Gathering together.


Mrs. Vernon, our hostess.

Cousins.

The girls.

Preparing to make jam~

Every girl got a basket (which later was to be filled with fresh berries), two jars to fill with jam (one to keep, and one to give as a gift), and a lovely apron that Kerah had made!

Pretty.

The girls loved their aprons:-)

Giving instructions...

Receiving instructions....

Serious little faces.

Hannah and Martha look on.

Adorable.

Making Jam ~

We used LOTS of sugar.

Geneva slicing berries.

Hard at work.

Pureeing berries in the food processor.

Who says work can't be fun?!

Measuring.

Stirring.

All our fingers were stained red:-)

Filling jars.

Even the little ones each filled their own jar.

Emily.

Sophia.

Evidently putting on lids requires a lot of concentration:-)

Labelling...

Each girl put her name on her jars.


The fruits of our labor.....and our snack. Delicious!

Beautiful.

Heading to the Strawberry fields ~
The children were allowed to ride to the field in the back of the truck - they were thrilled:-)

Kerah kindly rode with them.

An adventure!

Emily.

Little friends.

I love this picture - and no, it was not posed:-)

Strawberries.

Picking. This job always results in an aching back or knees......

All done, crashing with cold drinks.
The end of a fun day:-)

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