Nectar of Summer
I’m sure I’ve viewed at least 55 houses since the second week of May. Two of those I liked….one of which has sold and the second had a garage so small my truck wouldn’t fit. It looks bleak. Thankfully it’s summer….summer is good. Vitamin D makes me happy,barbecuing makes me happy and strawberry picking is what food happiness is all about!
I scored a basket of ripe Niagra strawberries this weekend at the Farmers market and after all of us gorging on half of them, I had to quickly use the rest (as if that’s a chore).
The idea was to make a quick sauce/jam being sure to pulverize any sign of strawberry so that Alex would eat it. True, she doesn’t eat strawberries. She did however, like the smell of strawberry gas (as she called it) coming from the kitchen.
That was a good sign.
Problem? jam has chunks of strawberry. If she sees a chunk, game over.
I decide to toss the fresh berries into my food processor and blend away. Once the berries are pretty much liquid, squeeze in half a large grapefruit (I had no lemons). Add 1 cup of sugar (or splenda).
Once blended, pour into a large sauce pan and bring to a simmer.
Let it come to a rolling boil making sure not to let it boil over…..if it boils over, don’t call me. I warned you. Boiled over strawberry juice will make you wanna scream.
After about a minute turn off the heat and skim the foam from the top of the purée and discard. Pour berries into a large mason jar and refrigerate or freeze. It will keep in the fridge for close to two weeks and in the freezer for three months.
This is not a jam or a jelly. Since I used no pectin the berries won’t gel or thicken. It does still however taste just like strawberry jam and will remind you of summer and all the picking there is to do in July. This also reminded me that Alex is all talk. Chunks or no chunks, she was havin none of it. 😦
I have many plans for this Strawberry Nectar and can’t wait for breakfast. A topping for oats…mixed into yogurt, poured over granola. Come right back here tomorrow and see what I have planned.
Do you go strawberry picking in the summer? What’s your favourite way to eat fresh strawberries?