Sterilize the jars and lids in the water bath. This took 10 minutes
Smash the strawberries until they are pureed. This took a lot of muscle. Doesn't Matthew look handsome in his Chef's Cover. Shhhhh.....it is NOT an apron!
Simmer the strawberries. He had to keep stirring them slowly until they boiled even when he was stirring them. Work those arm muscles, Matthew!
Measure out the sugar needed to add to the strawberries. Add it to the strawberries on the stove while they are simmering. Also add the gelatin to help it set. This is Ms. Cara helping out. She is one of the part time assistants at the Cannery.
Pour the strawberry mixture into the Ball jars and put the lids on. Be careful! It's very very hot! That's Ms. Flossie, the full time employee at the Cannery. She is a walking, talking encyclopedia on canning and can answer every question and help you can anything you want.
Play with Legos, of course. After filling the jars and securing the lids, they go into that water bath as shown in step #1. They are there for 10 minutes. So, what else should a boy do? Play Legos! Matthew was very happy there were a couple of other young men there to hang out with.
The delicious finished product! Our very own homemade strawberry jam! They just need to sit for 24 hours before we can open them. Then, there's no holding back! We can't wait to eat it!