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Thursday, April 14, 2011

my first spin and award winning strawberry jam

Hello blogging world! How is your Thursday going? Mine, busy....it seems I am never ending busy lately but its all good busy! 
This morning I did my first spin class. This is my first class at my gym, I have been there four months, I was just a little frightened of the class. Who knows why, I just was. My original plan was to take a power/weight class first but for some reason couldn't make myself do it.  So I decided to take a step back and try something a little more familiar before jumping into the complete unknown.  I've seen the spin classes while I was jogging on the treadmill and I kinda of understood them...so it seemed like a good fit. And it was, I had a pretty good time, it took me awhile to get use to it. And the first time I stood up on the bike I was like oh this is gonna be rough but as I got into it, it was not so bad and was surprised when it was over, it seemed so short. I was quite pleased with myself. Next time I'll definitely have to up the volume if you know what I mean!  Needless to say I'm excited to take the class again and a power class.
Anyways onto strawberry jam! Oh strawberry jam!  The story behind the jam When I was about 3 we lived in California and had a small garden with lots and lots of strawberries. I use to go out and lay in the strawberries just eating as many as I wanted....oh the good old days
My Mom use to make strawberry jam and take it farmer's markets and festivals to sell....she always won first prize for the best jam..no joke!  She uses the sure jell recipe, no different...I use a little less sugar because I like a thinner jam.
I started making it about a year ago because my boys eat pb&j almost everyday and who wants all that sugar in them. Plus its kinda fun to share old traditions with them.  And seriously it is sooo easy and cheap!
Strawberry Jam
  • 1 box sure-jell low sugar or no sugar
  • 7 quarts of fresh strawberries makes about 6 cups of purred strawberries
  • 2-3 cups of sugar (follow directions on sure jell if you want thick jam)
  • 1 tbsp butter (real butter)
  • 7 8oz jars with new lids and seals
  • 2 big pots, a canning kit is extremely helpful, I don't have a canning pot though
  1. Put your jars in a pot and fill with water....take your jars out and put water on to boil
  2. Take all the tops off your strawberries and put them in the other big pot
  3. Puree your strawberries, or mash with potato masher
  4. follow sure jell insturctions and add your sure jell, butter to strawberries, put it on the stove to boil
  5. Your water should be boiling, so carefully put your jars and lids in and sanitize for 12 minutes, then drain
  6. Once your strawberries are at a full boil add in your sugar--bring back to a boil and let boil for 1-2 minutes
  7. Immediately put your jam in the sanitized jar, leaving a little space....
  8. Take a hand towel and hold the jar, then put your lid on and screw as tight as you can.
  9. Put your full jars back in the boiling water for 10-12 minutes
  10. Take out, all your jars should pop and be sealed
  11. I have no idea how long these last, I would say awhile, mine is always gone pretty fast between us and sharing with friends and family
Overall it takes about an hour to make....which I think is worth it. The jam is soooo much better than anything I can get at the store...and since everything is reusable its really really cheap.

Anyways I'm off to finish my busy day! Wish me luck!

What fun things did you do with your Mom when you were little?  

1 comment:

Theresa @ActiveEggplant said...

I absolutely LOVE spinning! Honestly, it's usually my favorite workout of the week - it's low impact but high intensity & you can make it as hard or easy as you need it to be just by turning that little fly wheel!

Can't wait to hear more about your spinning adventures!