Central New York, Community, Education

The Perfect Time for Strawberry Jam

By Epiphany Catling, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCCNews)–Why not start the fresh produce season off by making strawberry jam?  The end of June is the perfect time for produce in Central New York.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension teaches cooking classes once a month at the Wegmans Demonstration Kitchen inside of the New York State Fairgrounds.  These classes cost 15 dollars and for the strawberry jam class, each attendee received freezer jam and no sugar jam.

These classes cost 15 dollars and for the strawberry jam class, each attendee received freezer jam and no sugar jam.

The freezer jam is made with fresh mashed strawberry, and sugar. The no sugar jam requires a stove.  The ingredients are mashed strawberries and water.  First grade teacher, Cheri Bladholm said she appreciates these cooking classes.

“I love that I am able to be learning things with people in community instead of just looking on a screen and reading a recipe which I probably could’ve done, Bladholm said.”

There are more steps to making the jam like sterilizing the jars, making sure there is no foam and no air bubbles. Each jar of strawberry jam lasts up to a year and the freezer jam lasts longer.

Health purposes are not the only reason people attended the event some go to make themselves feel good.

“This type of stuff gives you a little sense of pride of what you have and a little satisfied feeling of being able to do it yourself, Wendy Murphy said.”

The cooking classes are once a month and the next event will teach the attendees how to make pickled beets.