Strawberries can be canned but people usually enjoy them more frozen. If you like old fashioned strawberry pie that is more like an apple or cherry pie, canned strawberries are best for that. The canned strawberries also make a good sauce.
Ever had a real 13 egg white angel food cake? With vanilla ice cream and strawberry sauce over it? Oh! And don't forget the whipped cream. It would be great for an adult birthday party instead of a regular cake.
Strawberries can be a fun outing for the family. There are plenty of "pick your own" fields available. Of course, I always found that taking the kids meant that they had an "eat your own" time while I picked the strawberries that we took home.
To prepare the jars, they can be washed in a dishwasher if it has a sanitized cycle. The jars can be left in the dishwasher on a heat cycle. The lids need to be washed and left in the hot water. Since the strawberries will take a bit of time to prepare for canning, you will want to prepare the canner and jars about 1/2 hour before you get the strawberries ready for the jars. The canner needs to be filled so that there will be an inch of boiling water over the top of the jars.
First remove the leaves from the top of the berries, this is called hulling. Once all the leaves are gone, I wash my berries in warm water and Dawn. Dawn dishwashing detergent will kill any tiny pests that are on the berries. Dawn is recommended above any others. Once I have swished the berries around in the soapy water, I rinse them twice. You can cut them if you want, I usually leave them whole.
By Mary Belk
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