Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Two Words

Why and Wow.

Why did I have to go and try Nutella for the first time the week before I have to wear a bathing suit in public?

Big mistake. Huge.

Have you ever had it? It's a chocolate/hazelnut spread. It's the peanut butter of Europe. I picked it up on a whim at the store thinking it might be a good snack for the little flower. There are 180 calories in two tablespoons. Good for her, bad for me.

I was so smitten I googled it. Among other things I learned that Nutella's Facebook page ranks third in number of fans, behind Barack Obama (holla!) and Coca-Cola.

But, as good as Nutella is...let me tell you, you Have. Not. Lived. until you've had homemade strawberry jam:

I used a Barefoot Contessa recipe using green apples instead of pectin and blueberries for color.

It's somewhat runny, but chunky and positively SUBLIME. I could never go back to store bought jelly/jam again. This pot, probably about four pints of strawberries, made four jars. 

I bought the jars, water bath, and utensil kit at Target. I was a little intimidated when it came to sterilizing everything but it really wasn't that difficult. You can easily find directions online, I used this and this for guidance. I'm hoping I can make another batch or two in the coming days. I would love to eventually get a pressure canner, but for now...baby steps.

What a treat it will be to pop a jar open this Winter and have a little taste of Summer. That is if these jars last that long.



Donna Boucher said...

Hi Holly!
Your post reminded me of a song by Greg Brown, a folkie from Iowa.

He sings,

Peaches on the shelf
Potatoes in the bin
Supper's ready, everybody come on in
Taste a little of the summer,
Taste a little of the summer,
You can taste a little of the summer
my grandma's put it all in jars.

I made strawberry jam two weeks ago.
It did not set up very nicely.
But it is yummy.

Yours looks wonderful!

I'm going post your sneak peak tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.