Wonderful, lovely, fresh and sweet strawberries! My #1 Spring pleasure. We buy them by the gallon from Willard Farms, then slice ’em and bag ’em and freeze ’em. I use them for Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Dream Squares and more! Most recently I made this “out of this world, to die for yummy” Strawberry Butter … it is simply deliciousness in a jar! Just wait till you taste it!
4-5 cups frozen sliced strawberries (frozen from fresh, sliced berries)
-OR- 4-5 cups fresh strawberries, sliced (plus 1 tbls water)
2 scant cups sugar
1 Tbls. lemon juice
1 Tbls.pure vanilla extract (do not use imitation)
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1-2 tsp. butter (to prevent foaming)
Thaw frozen, sliced strawberries and process in a blender until smooth (if using fresh strawberries, add 1 tbls. water to blender). Place blended strawberries in a large stock pot and add butter, lemon juice, vanilla and nutmeg. Cook over low heat, stirring from time to time to prevent sticking. After mixture is bubbling, slowly add 2 scant cups sugar and continue stirring until sugar is blended in and melted. Cook on low heat approx. 2 hours or until mixture has thickened to your liking (it should be thick enough to scoop up with a teaspoon and not run off the spoon – much like a thick sauce). During the cooking time, the strawberry mixture will reduce by approx. half. Ladle hot strawberry butter into half-pint canning jars and process in a boiling water bath canner 10 minutes. Remove jars from canner and allow to cool, undisturbed on your kitchen counter 24 hours. Store jars in pantry. Opened jars must be stored in the refrigerator.
Yield: 2 half-pint jars