We made strawberry shortcake with homemade lemon poppyseed shortcake, fresh homemade whipped cream and gooey sugary berries.
I made jam and canned it! By my side were Ashley English's Canning & Preserving book from her Homemade Living series and Alana Chernila's The Homemade Pantry (check out our FSC podcast to hear an excerpt of Alana's talk at the May FSC Food Swap!). For the next batch, I'll also be armed with my new copy of Food in Jars from Marisa of the blog by the same name. The way someone in this apartment goes through jam, I'm sure two days of work will be used up in no time. At least it's appreciated.
We froze a few, made strawberry syrup and milkshakes with the rest.
Have you picked strawberries this season? Would you rather have someone else pick the berries for you? Yeah, I understand that. We were pretty efficient and quick about it, but even so I started to remember how berry-picking usually sounds a bit more romantic than it actually is when your knees are creaking and your shoulders are sunburnt and the mosquitos are out. Still, I am on a berry-picking mission this summer and I can't be deterred. Unless there are bears. Bears will deter me.