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Printable Invites & Favors

With canning and preserving so in vogue, I love the idea of hosting a canning party!  If everyone brings a different recipe along with the fruits or vegetables for it, just think of all the delicious home preserved goodies you could take home! 

These clever invites, labels, tags and recipe cards are available for free download from Cottage Industrialist via Paper Crave.  For more information on canning and preserving, check out these sites…

Pick Your Own is a fantastic resource for learning how to can pretty much anything.

Fresh Preserving has step-by-step videos on canning different types of goods, and they have an online shop where you can purchase canning jars and more.

The National Center for Home Food Preservation is another great resource with plenty of safety tips and recipes.

Sunset has a great article that gives you a basic outline for throwing a canning party. Recipes included, too.

Canning Pantry is a great resource for buying supplies. They have everything you’ll need!

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How to: Homemade Strawberry Jam!

One of my first “jobs” was picking strawberries for a local farmer. My sister and I would get up around 6:30am, go pick a couple of flats of berries and be home (it was just a mile down the street) by 9:30 – just in time for the morning cartoons. We were probably about twelve years old and now I think it was one of the best jobs I ever had! Most of the time more strawberries made it into our mouthes than made it into our gathering baskets. We made just enough money to go into town to the 5&10 store to get an assortment of old-fashioned candies, boondoggle for making more key chains for friends and family than we could ever give away and ten cent bags of popcorn. We then would head over to the bookstore and stock up on our favorite laying in the hammock reads.

Our mom always made pint jars upon pint jars of jam with the berries we brought home and we loved it so much, we couldn’t even wait until she got it in the jars! She would skim the foam off the top of the jam and it would immediately be devoured on saltines by three girls running around the kitchen.

So, yesterday, with my abundance of berries, I gave her recipe a whirl!

My Mom’s Strawberry Jam
makes 8 pint jars

4 pints strawberries
7 cups sugar
1/2 tsp butter
1 pouch Certo, Liquid Fruit Pectin

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