Last week while we were learning about the moon(updated photos),
Lily was interested in making her own jam with raspberries.
I thought it would be a perfect lesson
for the girls (and me too) to spend the week
in the kitchen and experiment with making jam!
Jam & jelly by Holly & Nellie by Whelan, Gloria.
Making plum jam by Stewig, John W.
Bread and jam for Frances by Hoban, Russell.
The giant jam sandwich by Lord, John Vernon.
Jam it, pickle it, cure it : and other cooking projects by Solomon, Karen.
Preserves : the complete book of jams, jellies, pickles, relishes and chutneys, with over 150 stunning recipes by Atkinson, Catherine
In a pickle : chutneys, preserves, salsas, sweet treats by Brewis, Jill
Jam and Jelly Resource Sites:
Key Learning Points
1. All Jams and Jellies come from real fruit that is cooked.
2. Adding heat to fruit makes them change their shape and the way they feel and taste.
Crafts and Activities:
First, we will be going to pick our own strawberries...you can visit PickYourOwn.org to find out the closest u-pick places to you.
Update: The girls and I had a wonderful time picking strawberries. The farm we went to had hydroponic organic strawberries...
We picked about 6 pounds of strawberries.
I loved that the girls each got their own basket, and scissors.
It was a great opportunity for them to practice their coordination skills.
I also took this opportunity to include a little science lesson too.
A lot of the strawberry plants had flowers on them
where you could see the middle portion becoming a ripe strawberry. Love it!
We'll be doing a little computer work and learning how to print out our jam labels. Here is a site that provides free labels- Tip Nut
Since I am a visual person, here is a tutorial for making jam from the Blog- Make Cupcakes
I love this tutorial which actually has kids making the squishy jam...so fun!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Song
OF course we will be 'testing' our jams and jellies all week long! MMMmmmm can't wait!
Update: Here is a photo journal of our experience making jam....
Step 1- Occupy your 2 year old washing dirty dishes... and getting wet
Step 2- Exercise your hand cutting many, many, many strawberries
Step 3: Sterilize your jar... we used a 1 quart jar and boiled for 10 minutes
Step 4: Add this funny looking ingredient...oh, I mean vanilla bean..and sugar
Step 5: Get to work squishing....so fun!
Step 6: Take some time to enjoy having red hands!
Step 7: Give the 2 year old a break from dish duty, and let her squish a few...
Step 8: Have a heart attack that there is
strawberry drippings and pieces all over your kitchen...
then remember that preschoolers can HELP clean up!
Step 9: Enjoy the fruits (or jam) of your labor...delicious!
Simple Jam Recipe: I love Jamie Oliver and how simplistic his recipes are...source Food Network