With temperatures skyrocketing into the 90’s and strawberries ripening faster than we can eat ’em. Guess what? It was jamming time.
My favorite foodie Alice Waters has this simple sun dried strawberry preserve recipe.
I modified her technique a bit. Instead of slicing I used my hand cranked food processor to chop the strawberries into small chunks. Also in lieu of letting the concoction sit in the sun for a few days I put the preserves in our three solar ovens and within a few hours – voila, sun cooked strawberry preserves to die!
Talk about local and low impact – can’t get any better than that.
Washed ripe strawberries fresh from our garden
Into the hand cranked food processor
In a couple of turns, nicely diced!
Pour the sweetened strawberry mixture into the plates
A few go in one solar oven
And another solar oven
Then wait and let the sun do all the work….
In a few hours, the water evaporates leaving a sweet, gooey mess. Warning! Licking alert!!!! Some of the yummy preserves may not make it into the jars
Here’s some that did!