Thankfully the weather is mild and the humidity low for this Independence Holiday weekend so yesterday Beast and I made some strawberry jam. It's a love-hate relationship much like canning tomatoes in the heat of August. I love the end result, but can live without the tedious process which keeps me indoors when I would rather be outside.
The berries are beautiful and sweet. One of the best parts of processing day is coming up with adult beverages to enjoy during the processing adventure. This time I made a Strawberry Mint Basil Cocktail with Vodka, Mint, Basil, SanPelligrino Limonata, and a little mint simple syrup.
Sometimes the jam turns out a bit runny but this year it is perfect. It set well and has great flavor. Step one of holiday gift canning complete!