In case you can’t tell from our Facebook updates about berry picking and our strawberry pie recipe, berry season is here!!
I always know when summer has fully arrived because there are soooo many berries to choose from. What I love most about berries is that they can be preserved in numerous ways so as to be enjoyed during the drab winter months. There’s nothing like whipping up a pie in the middle of winter with berries you picked during the summer time. When it comes to making your collection of berries last as long as possible, you have the choice of canning, freezing, or even drying some to use later.
Canning: Berries for all Occasions
No matter what type of berries you are going to can, be sure to wash them thoroughly and take off any stems or leaves. Berries you can may be used for pie filling, to put on oatmeal or other cereal, or you can even make jam out of them later. I like to mash some up during the winter and have them over ice cream. It always makes me think of summer time. You’ll have to judge how much sugar you need by the sweetness of your berries. The following chart can be used for all types of berries:
Extra Light Syrup – 1 cup sugar to 4 ½ cups water
Light Syrup – 2 cups sugar to 5 cups water
Medium Syrup – 3 cups sugar to 5 ½ cups water
Heavy Syrup – 4 ¾ cups sugar to 6 ½ cups water
Now all you have to do is boil your canning lids and jars, put in the berries, pour on the syrup, and seal the jars. Most canned goods will last at least a year, if the seal is secure.
Canned Berry Goodies
- How to Can Berries
- Tipsy Strawberry Preserves
- Canning 101: Easy Raspberry Jam my First
- Foray into Preserves
- U Pick Strawberries and Strawberry Goodness
- Cherry Lime Syrup
- How to can Cherries
- Canning Strawberries
Continue to page 2 for Berry Freezing Methods and Ideas