Summer berries are waning — which means it's your duty to make lots and lots of delicious jam. Last year Marisa McClellan shared her recipe for strawberry thyme jam with us, and I thought it was worth revisiting as we talk about canning and preserving. This time, however, cats will show us the way because they obviously know what's up.
STEP 1: Go To The Grocery Store And Get Some Stuff
Your shopping list:
- 1 quart strawberries (approximately 3 cups chopped)
- 1 cup honey (12 ounces)
- 5 to 6 sprigs thyme
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
Step 2: Put All The Stuff In A Bowl And Stir
Chop berries and place them in a bowl. Add honey and stir. Strip thyme leaves off branches and add them to the strawberries and honey. Stir to combine.
Step 3:Take A Couple Minutes To Lick Your Fur
Bonus points if you get your friend to do it for you.
Step 4: Put Stuff In Pan
Make sure to wear your cutest apron. When honey has dissolved and the strawberries are quite juicy, scrape the mixture into your pan.
Step 5: Put Stuff Over Heat And Take A Quick Cat Nap
Bring to a bubble and cook over high heat for 8 to 12 minutes, until the jam is thick and sticky.
Step 6: Put The Stuff In Jars
Funnel jam into two prepared half pint jars and process in a small water bath canner for 10 minutes.
Step 7: Make Sure The Stuff Is Cold And Sealed
When time is up, remove jars from canner and let them cool on a folded kitchen towel. When they're cool enough to handle, remove the rings and check seals. Any unsealed jars should be refrigerated and eaten promptly. Sealed jars can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to one year.
Et, voilá! Look, you did it!
Easy-peasy, right? Always trust a cat that can cook.
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