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Hey guys, I had to come back and update this post because of a few things that happened recently.
1st, Strawberries are on sale again, so it is obviously time to start eating strawberry shortcake! Which made me think about this recipe and you!
2nd, since last year, we have become a gluten free house. PH noticed (after I pointed it out to him) that gluten gives him trouble. So he's decided to cut out the gluten in his life.
3rd, a few weeks ago we had a family dinner at my parent's house. My mom tried to find a recipe for a gluten free (for PH) and vegan (for Maddy) strawberry shortcake. The results were... well. One time Maddy bought a vegan pizza and Alicia said it tasted like despair.
It can really be so hard to find a good gluten free recipe.
Well, this past weekend was General Conference weekend for our Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and we invited the missionaries in our ward (congregation) to come watch a session and have dinner with us. I had a fridge full of strawberries. So I decided to test out this recipe with some changes to make it gluten free. (It just so happens they're vegan too!)
The Results? My husband said, "these do not taste like despair!" Interpretation: success!
See my notes below for how to make this recipe vegan and gluten free.
The weather is warming up (it is here at least) and warm weather means it is strawberry season! I love strawberries and every time they're on sale I have to buy them! Well, as you may recall, the last time strawberries were on sale I stocked up and my mom and I showed youhow to can your own strawberry jam. Well, this time around I was in the mood for a sweet treat, so I made strawberry shortcake!
Strawberry shortcake has got to be one of the easiest, lightest, and freshest desserts out there! The great thing about this recipe is that if you take the first four ingredients I list for the cake you can make your own homemade Bisquick mix and make a huge batch! Then you can make strawberry shortcake all the time. If you use a batch of the mix, use two cups to make this strawberry shortcake. Since it is a Bisquick type mix, the shortcake itself is more of a sweet biscuit. It's light and sweet, and lets you focus on the flavor of the sweet strawberries and cream!
This is a quick and easy strawberry shortcake recipe, and its the perfect ending to any summer meal!
To make this recipe gluten free just swap out the flour for Bob's Red Mill All purpose Gluten free flour. the Xanthan gum is included, and it is a 1:1 ratio switch.
I made these gluten free for a friend once, and they turned out a little drier than normal, like most gluten free things do. She told me that she has since started swapping out butter in her recipes for applesauce and it takes care of that problem.
Well, I tried it, and it worked! Swap out the 3 TBSP melted butter for 3 TBSP applesauce. This helps the biscuit stay moist!
Finally, for a Vegan option, after you swap the butter, just use almond milk instead of regular milk. I do this all the time in recipes and you can't tell the difference!
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The other day when I went to the grocery store I saw that strawberries were on sale, 88 cents a pound! I bought a LOT of strawberries. I love a good strawberry, and it was perfect for the strawberry spinach salad I was going to make for dinner that weekend.
However, I had several pounds of strawberries, and PH and I are only two people. I didn't want them to go bad, and so I was planning on building our food storage with them. I have a lot of fruit and veggies that I've frozen to have on hand when necessary, but this time around, I decided I wanted to try my hand at canning.
My mom has talked to you about canning a few times on this blog. I remember growing up all the canning she would do. She'd make different types of jams, and she'd can various fruits and veggies, and even meat!
You may remember this post where she told you how to can peaches using a water bath. She also gave you some jam canning tips (including strawberry jam!) here and here.
My mom is kind of a canning pro, and since I have never canned anything before in my life, I asked her if she'd come help me make some strawberry jam!
She came over, and we decided to do something a little different this time and film the process for you to watch and enjoy! Check out our videos below.
Now I have to step in here and let you know that this is where we had some technical difficulties with our camera and had to switch to a different one. Unfortunately, by the time we realized our camera wasn't filming we had missed a few crucial steps. The main one being that once the jam was boiling after the pectin and butter were added we added the sugar. A few tips from my mom. The recipe calls for A LOT of sugar (seven cups!) You can make a low sugar variety of jam, but you have to use a special pectin or it won't work. Since we had regular pectin, we had to use all the sugar. The second thing about the sugar is, you have to add it all at once. I measured all seven cups into a large bowl and when my mom told me it was time to pour in the sugar then I poured it all in at once.
We kept stirring continuously until the jam came back up to a rolling boil. Then we turned the head off. All while cooking our strawberry jam our jars were sterilizing. We filled the jars up with boiling water, and we put the lids in a bowl and covered them with boiling water as well. That water also helps the lids to soften so they'll be ready to seal once your jars are filled.
Once you turn the heat off you'll see some foam in your pot. Mom took a regular spoon to skim that foam off the top. She put it in a separate bowl. There is nothing wrong with the foam, but when it cools it kind of looks like a hardened skin and isn't very pretty inside the jars. So just use a spoon to skim around the top and get all the white foam out. She also saves the bowl because at the end there is always a little extra jam that you can pour into the bowl and you can use it right away. It gets you started on enjoying your jam!
Okay, continue onward now that you know the rules about the sugar and the foam!
Making my own jam and canning it was a lot of fun, and actually much easier than I thought! This recipe we used used up three pounds of strawberries. So I actually have three more pounds that I intend to use to make even more jam this weekend! It's exciting to be able to do something that helps build our food storage, and it was a fun little project to do with my mom! So get together and make some strawberry jam!
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Blackberries and strawberries have been alternately on sale the past few weeks, so of course I have been canning them because I love to can and I love blackberries and strawberries! I usually just eat the blackberries, or make them into Blackberry-Lemon Marmalade, or turn them into cake, or Blackberry Lemon Bars. This time I decided to can some to keep on hand.
Canning Blackberries is super easy because there is no peeling or coring. Here is how you do it in a nutshell.
With the strawberries, I made a ton of Strawberry Jam. I gave you jam making tips on this post.
One of the things that I have mentioned before is that instead of putting labels on the jars themselves, I like to put them on the lids that will be discarded anyway. That way you don't have to spend time peeling them off of the jars when the jam is all eaten and you want to use the jar again. I found some printable labels at Dollar Tree! They have round ones in the store, as well as square shipping labels. You can't beat the price on these, for just a dollar! I designed some simple labels to put on my jars and I decided to share them with you! This is a small way for me to say "Thank You!" for all of your support on our blog! This week we achieved over 31,000 views per month and it makes us so happy to think that the things we talk about have value to you.
To print the labels, click on the button to get the pdf file. Then click print. Make sure you click the "fit to page" option. There are some blackberry and many Strawberry Jam labels on one page. You may only need one or the other, but you can always cut them off and save the ones you don't use. These are designed to print on the Polaroid Round Adhesive Labels. You can also find them on Amazon here.
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We have many more fun ideas to write about. I am having so much fun working on this blog with my girls. Thanks for your support. Keep coming back to see what else is in store!
If my labels are too simple, here is a link to some really sweet choices on Etsy! They aren't free, but if you want something a little fancier, there are some really cute things there.
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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