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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Strawberry Sunshine Preserves

strawberry season is in full swing around here so i decided it was time to make my STRAWBERRY SUNSHINE JAM...

the market had rhubarb too...and cherries...



i just added a couple of stalks of the rhubarb right into my strawberries...





Red Blossom Strawberries...how cute is that ?








i got out my mom's red plaid recipe box... what a treasure...








i have an aunt who lives up in santa cruz on a produce farm...we call her Gog and this is her recipe for rhubarb jam...











here is the recipe card for my mom's Strawberry Sunshine Preserves.....














i just sliced up about 2 cups of strawberries and added in a couple stalks of rhubarb...
















added one cup of sugar and the juice of one lemon...crushing the berries and rhubarb with a spoon and let it simmer for 8 to 10 minutes...

















poured it into a dish and put some in a tiny glass to taste... it's good....

















and set it in the sun...i let it go for 2 days...bringing it in at night...the jam gets really clear and just slightly thickened...
























i put the jam in my swanky swig juice glasses...covered them with cupcake papers and tied them with string... i have been seeing the cupcake tops on jam around the internet but mom always covered hers with the cupcake papers... if you look real close you can see who got in on the jam making....whiskey sour... this jam keeps for about a week in the fridge and is good on english muffins, toast or scones...or even on ice cream... happy jam making.




















59 comments:

  1. that's yummy. i love strawberries, thanks for sharing the recipe! have a great saturday.xo

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  2. My cherry tree is loaded and I have been making cherry jam. I like cherry and rhubarb but my rhubarb this year is pathetic and there is non in the shops either so...... Have a good weekend Diane

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  3. This sounds wonderful! Our strawberries are on the way out but I'll see what I can find. If not now, I will try when I can purchase the necessary goodies.

    Teddy is adorable!

    sending love and ((southern hugs)), magnolia

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  4. How special that you have your mom's recipe box and the card that has been used and loved through the years...what a treasure.

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  5. I've never heard of sunshine preserves, sure sounds interesting! I made strawberry rhubarb jam last year, got both from the garden, that was great. Enjoy:@)

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  6. I love strawberry rhubarb pie, but never had it in a jam - sounds delightful! Hope you're having a fun weekend with Teddy. You always do such interesting things.

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  7. oh,,,,,,that's so sweet. You made my day with the button! Thank you!!!!!! xo

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  8. I will make this jam. Thank you SO MUCH for this great recipe. It's very different from any I have read so I can't wait to try it. I love the little cupcake lids. Clever! Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

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  9. sounds yummy I have an aunt that always begs me to come get some of her rhubarb. I think this is the year I take her up on it.
    looks wonderful
    Cathy

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  10. What a delicious sounding concoction - cherries, rhubarb and strawberries altogether, mmmm. x

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  11. hey hey

    Can I just say? those pictures are the winner winner chicken dinner of all time?
    They make me want to make this jam , and I've been seeing flats around. Must be a good year for them. My favorite part is adding the rhubarb. Time to hit the farmers markets again!
    xx
    donkey in the strawberry pines

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  12. So I will now be making your jam to go with my scones...thanks also for the recipe! Looks yummy...

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  13. Boy, you are industrious! I just baked an Apple Brown Betty and it's the first thing I've baked in too long to remember!
    Brenda

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  14. Your jam looks just delicious and you've made it look so easy! I am once again reminded that I would love to and need to plant my own strawberries and rhubarb!

    PS: I have those same recipe cards from 30 years ago--I think the best things are found on them, don't you? :-)

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  15. (glad you explained the aunt 'Gog' - at first glance at the recipe card, I thought it was noted as "Gag". :)

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  16. Kary what a treat this post is today! Yum.

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  17. I can do this! I'm was seriously searching for an easy jam recipe. And here it is,

    There's no place like home!

    xo jane

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  18. for my next vacation ~ I am coming to your house!!!!

    I am going to try to make this tomorrow!

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  19. Mmmm. This sounds yummy. I love that Whiskey Sour is getting into the act.

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  20. a recipe box..and a plaid one...oh that is just perfect
    glad you are so happy
    making jam
    Teddy's dad is so adorable

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  21. We are getting all delicious strawberries from California in the supermarkets. I think I will wait though until it is summer time to make this jam. Our sun is not hot enough yet. I love the cupcake covers. Because I'm a copycat I think I'll be using that idea. Thanks Kary!!!

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  22. What a well worn and well loved recipe, a priceless treasure. The jars look oh so pretty. My rhubarb is almost ready for harvest but unfortunately the strawberry fields are a bit behind this spring due to the cold and wet weather! Rain is forecast for the coming week, such is life in New England! Hugs, Julie.

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  23. Oh...I missed you so much!!! Your mum recipe is very nice..I will try it!!! May you have a GREAT Sunday...hugs and xxxxx, ciao Flavia

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  24. That looks delicious--spring! No strawberries or rhubarb here but soon.
    I love the muffin paper-topped glasses. Perfect!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  25. What a wonderful jam recipe. Now I can have your jam on Joyce's English muffins. How lucky am I!

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  26. I like the trio of fruits used,as well as your clever adornment of the jars!

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  27. Kary ~ we DO think alike! I make strawberry preserves yesterday! I have a post written about it to go up in a day or two. It does taste wonderful, doesn't it? Your jars are prettier than mine though! haha. xo

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  28. What a lovely post. I am looking forward to making strawberry jam as soon as we get our spring harvest. I'd never heard of leaving out in the sun... Where have I been?

    Swanky swigs with cupcake liners and colorful string. Perfect!

    Blessings, Debbie

    Blessings, Debbie

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  29. mmm! i love making strawberry preserves. your idea to use cupcake liners on the tops of the jars is so sweet!

    thanks so much for your nice comment. so happy to have followed you back to your blog!

    xo
    elyse

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  30. The jam looks delish! And how darling to use the cupcake liners for the tops! I have to remember that!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  31. What a delicious looking jam! My rhubarb plants are huge and I can't wait to start using it!

    It's a cutting from hubby's great grand-father's rhubarb plant, so it's over 130 years old!

    I just love the cupcake papers on the jam, I'm so stealing this idea! It's so cute. How nice that you have your mom's recipe box, I have hubby's mom's - it's a real treasure.

    Love the new pics and the poem on your side bar!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  32. Strawberry and Rhubarb jam is my favorite. I always search for it in country markets, and make some myself each year. When we lived in Germany it was possible to find it in the supermarkets - oh I was spoiled!

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  33. Sounds delicious and it looks like Teddy was helping you out a little bit.

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  34. I can almost smell and taste it :-)
    My mum is great at making jams, jellies, preserves and so on; she makes a strawberry jam that is like summer stored in a jar... it keeps for up to 6 weeks when she makes the "cold" variety and for several years when she uses the "hot" method.

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  35. Oh, and I forgot to say I absolutely love your mom's plaid recipe box!!!

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  36. Hi Kary, we are going to spend our summer Holiday in Mexico and Guatemala, buta the last 4 days we are going to stay in LA!!!!! I couldn't think to be in America and not to stay some few days in USA!!!! Hugs, Flavia and MOU (but Mou won't come with us!!!)

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  37. I haven't made jam in ages. I always think I'll make some, but then the strawberries get eaten before I get around to it!

    I love that your recipe calls for setting the jars in the sun. I'll have to get some more strawberries and try it!

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  38. Strawberry sunshine jam? That has my name written all over it. Never tried to make jam but it is strawberry season here, too. Sit it in the sunshine like sun tea? I love it. Those old recipe cards are priceless.

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  39. what a cool recipe. this reminds me that my rhubarb is ready to be picked which means it is jam making time and biscuit baking time for me. i love the upside down cupcake paper idea! teddy looks so cute in his kingdom!

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  40. Sounds scrummy, and all the more special when it is a recipe of your mother's.

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  41. Sounds completely scrummy and all the more special as it is from your mum's recipes. Enjoy.

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  42. Is there a way to do this recipe without letting it sit out in the sun? I have stray cats, squirrels, you name it. LOL. Recipe sounds awesome

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  43. Love these muffin cups on top!

    And the jam sounds heavenly! :)

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  44. Yum, looks great. I love your mom's little plaid recipe box & the hand written recipe (what a treasure indeed). The handwritten ones are always the best!

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  45. yummmm... and packaged so pretty...the cards and box: sweet family gems... and jam! thank you for sharing! -xok.

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  46. Oh Kari, you are such a self sufficient woman! You must have a really good camera as well because your photos are just gorgeous. Thank you so much for stopping by earlier! Such a privilege to receive visits from you, Teddy, Dante, Whiskey Sour and Pixie Rose Marie. I adore you and your furry family so much.

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  47. Yummmm...I make jam every year...almost time...I have used cupcake liners too ...but never little glasses...adorable!
    How do you cover your glasses under your cupcake liners?

    Hugs for a great week my sweet friend. xoxoxxo

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  48. mmmmm, wish I had some of that jam to eat. : )

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  49. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Looks delicious!!!! I know you treasure your old handwritten family recipes. Handwriting recipes and letters is going out due to computers. That makes our old recipes even more special! Your flower photos and little furry friend is so cute. Have a happy day! xoxo Kim

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  50. Oh. Yum. Welcome back to bloggyland. You've been missed, dear friend. x

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  51. this post melted my heart... in every way... the recipe card... till the end... you are so dear. xoxo

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  52. what a wonderful jam story,, I'll try this recipe for sure,, I'm a newbie and just found you today

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  53. I LOVE Rhubarb.
    I hadnt thought of making Jam out of it,but thats genius,then I could spread it on everything;)

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  54. We have piles of rhubarb, I think I'll try to make some jam. nice to pull out those old recipe cards--especially our Mother's.

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  55. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!

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