I was supposed to be working on a from-scratch bread loaf today using my sourdough starter, but that isn’t going to happen! I was also hoping to can some strawberry jam. We are supposed to have a heatwave today and tomorrow, which means it will be too hot to bake or can anything. Our air conditioning unit is about 20 years old and it can’t get the inside temp of our house below 80 degrees when it’s 102 outside.
Since it is supposed to be so hot today, I tried to get all my baking in yesterday. I also made refrigerator strawberry jam. This is the first time I’ve ever made it, so this was a learning experience for me.
I love the taste of vanilla so I plugged in refrigerator vanilla strawberry jam and ended up at Mind Over Batter. The recipe seemed easy enough and used a vanilla bean. It also didn’t take the whole afternoon!
I did have to buy my strawberries from the store instead of the farmer’s market. They were on sale! Farmer’s market strawberries are yummy, but since I’ve never done this before, I figured it’d be better if I did this with cheaper strawberries in case I messed up.
The jam ended up a little runnier than I wanted, but I think that is expected with refrigerator jam, plus I do think I should have let the jam cook longer yesterday. I ate some with my Irish soda bread for breakfast, and yes, it was a little bit runny, but it tasted good! Josh suggested I use one jar as a topping for a cheesecake. So I think I will be making that on Monday since we are having friends over that day. I think it would be good mixed into some cream cheese as a strawberry cream cheese spread too!