Preserving whole strawberries is a great way to enjoy the sweet taste of summer all year round. Water bath canning is an easy and safe way to preserve the freshness and flavor of strawberries for months. Here’s how to do it:
First, you need to gather the necessary supplies. You will need a large pot, a canning rack, jars, lids, and bands. You will also need a jar lifter, a wide-mouth funnel, and a ladle. Make sure to use only new lids and bands for each canning session.
Next, you need to prepare the strawberries. Wash them in cold water and remove the stems. Place the strawberries in a large bowl and sprinkle with sugar. This will help to draw out the natural juices of the fruit.
Once the strawberries are prepared, it’s time to start the canning process. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the jars and place the canning rack in the bottom of the pot. Place the jars on the rack and fill them with the prepared strawberries. Leave about 1/2 inch of headspace at the top of each jar. Then, add boiling water to cover the jars and bring the water to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat and let the jars sit in the hot water for an additional 10 minutes.
Finally, remove the jars from the water and let them cool completely before storing them in a cool, dry place. Your preserved strawberries should last for up to a year. Enjoy!