Sunday, June 13, 2010

Picking Strawberries and Making Jelly!

This morning, Heather and I got up at the butt-crack of dawn to pick Suzette up and meet Briana to go pick strawberries at The Strawberry Patch in New Munich, MN! We had a good time and it actually didn't take very long for Suzette and I to pick three buckets full and Heather to pick two!

After picking we went over to Suzette's and started cleaning and cutting the tops off the strawberries and crushing them. Cody, don't think we don't see you stealing the berries!

Then we followed the recipe below to make our jelly! And we made a lot of it :) 52 jars of a few different sizes to be exact! Plus about 6 bags of freezer jelly for Suzette and we each still had strawberries to freeze whole!

It took us awhile to try to calculate the massive amounts of berries and sugar we needed :) Here's Heather, Me and Suzette thinking way too hard.

Strawberry Jelly
So first we put 8 cups of crushed berries and 2 packages of sure-jell in the pan and let that come to a rolling boil, stirring the whole time.

Apparently, all of our calculating still didn't help us buy enough supplies to start with because we kept running out so had to send Jake to multiple towns multiple times. Here he is getting the list from Suzette and Me.

Then we added 9.5 cups of sugar and once that came back to a boil we let it boil for one minute. During that time the lids for the jars were in boiling water. When the minute was up, we got the foam off the top and then poured it into the jars and closed them and let them ‘suction’ on their own as they cooled.



Strawberry Rhubarb Jelly
For the strawberry rhubarb jelly, we went through the same process as we did for the strawberry jelly only we substituted in about 4 cups of rhubarb that we had cooked down for part of the strawberries. We also added in 3 additional cups of sugar.

Throughout the process we tried to lure people into make some breakfast. But, they avoided us so finally we sent Jake to Charlie's Cafe in Freeport to get some yummy caramel rolls! Here's Uncle Darrell working on the lawnmower instead of making pancakes.

And now Ella is trying to distract Uncle Darrell and Cody from making breakfast.

After jelly-making we took the horses out for a ride. Here's Uncle Darrell, Indy, Me, Sam, Jake and Ransom.

Ella got to ride her first horse! She really wanted to take the reins and go faster :)

Uncle Darrell, Willy (the dog), Indy (the horse), Ella, Me, Ransom (the other horse), Jake, Doji (the yellow lab) and Cody (the short kid).

It was a successful day!

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