While I home can year round and have even taken to doing a bit of canning at our vacation home, this time of year through the end of September tends to be busier. The canners (water bath, pressure) are going almost daily often several times in one day quickly putting up various fruits and vegetables as they are in season. Unfortunately, I missed asparagus season. There is still local asparagus available but the price is too high for preserving. Strawberries just started. We were on a road trip Saturday so I came home with a flat of local strawberries and fresh, free range eggs.
I also used a secret ingredient (non-alcoholic) to enhance the flavour of the jam. I am pleased with the flavour and texture of the jam. However, there is a bit more floating fruit than I would have liked. Floating fruit is common with jams even when following the guideline to stir for five minutes before jarring. This does reduce but not eliminate floating fruit. The easy remedy for floating fruit is simply stirring the jar of jar when first opened. Floating fruit does not affect the texture or flavour of the jam but it is not a desirable visual element for competition.