Because I like variety when I'm cooking a large batch of anything, I broke things up and whipped up this recipe for Strawberry-Banana Jam. We had bananas with spots and tons of strawberries, so why not give it a go? This recipe produced 7 & 1/2 eight ounce (half-pint) jars. Mark said it smells wonderful, but I have a cold and sadly, cannot taste nor smell any of these recipes. I smeared some on buttered bread, but could have been eating pond scum and wouldn't realize it. Ugh. I hate having a cold! Mark said it ta"interesting" with only a mild hint of banana. He was glad it didn't have that awful artificial banana taste.
Still more strawberries. I made two more repeats of the original plain Strawberry Jam recipe by Pioneer Woman. I made this last year and I KNOW it's wonderful. Better make a lot, as my friends and family have been begging for more after sampling last years' batch. I made two more batches with the strawberries (and jars) I had remaining. Total for 2 flats: 20 pints, using a mix of half-pint and pint jars.
There is nothing more satisfying than the pop-pop-pop of lids as they seal!
MUST BE JELLY, CUZ JAM DON'T SHAKE LIKE THAT!
I made jam, not jelly, but isn't that a funny thing to say?