Why I want to be mentor: Jamming is much easier than people think and everyone deserve the gift of summer-fresh strawberries slathered on a hot biscuit—even in January!
Lesson Learned: Don\'t tackle too much at once. I much prefer to can a few jars of jam each weekend than try to tackle bushels. Also, the microwave is especially helpful as is all-natural pectin, which allows you to make jams low in sugar that really showcase the flavor of the fruit.
Tip: Ask your local farmer if you can buy the bruised berries at a discount. Most will be shocked and happy to make some money on otherwise unsellable fruit.