The Southern husband started examining the apples on another table like he had no idea who the woman squealing by the strawberries was (can you blame him?) while I took a deep sniff of the strawberry aroma. That’s the best way to know you have tasty strawberries – they smell like strawberries. The ones you find in February don’t smell like much of anything. Local strawberries, everyone!
Anyway, once you have your berries, you want to cut them into quarters, mash them up (a potato masher works great for this, but a fork will also do just fine) and then mix them up with a little sugar and some lemon juice. Transfer this mixture to a fine mesh strainer and let it sit for about ten minutes, stirring it up vigorously every couple minutes or so. At the end of 10 minutes, let the jam drain without stirring for another ten minutes. And…you are done. You have made jam. You have made JAM!
Your fabulous jam will keep for 1-2 days in the fridge, and I admit that I do store mine in a mason jar. I like these cute little ones from Ball. Things that your jam will taste amazing on? Toast. Banana bread. Scones. Sandwiches made with your own homemade peanut butter.
So the first time the local strawberries roll around?