For those in for a Jam....

JamesW

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Mar 3, 2011
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#2
If you don't want a speeding ticket, you can use that to jam the police radar.

Alternatively, you can use it as the filling in a doughnut and give the doughnut to the cop to get out of a ticket.
 

JoyfulNoise

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May 23, 2015
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Were the strawberries home grown or local? Fresh fruit jams are always the best.

By the way, how’s the syrup going??
 

CJadamec

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Apr 29, 2016
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#5
Our strawberry season here is late June. These are just from the supermarket. On sale for $1 a pound this week. We ran out of jam that I made last summer so we had to make some more.

Syrup is done for me for the year we had a couple week strech of warm weather that stopped all the trees from making sap. Made 8.5 gallons of syrup tho so not a bad year.

It's on to the next project now which is finally a shed for the yard. It's been 4 years since we built the house and I still don't have a shed. I'm calling it my 1000 piece 3D jigsaw puzzle.
 

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JoyfulNoise

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#6
Will it just be a storage shed or does it have room to double as a “man-cave”? 8.5 gallons of syrup is a pretty good haul. Betcha it tastes great.
 

CJadamec

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Apr 29, 2016
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#7
It's a 10x16 building with 8 foot walls. Has a work bench, a loft and a 6 foot wide roof overhang on one side. So it's a little more than just storage but mainly a place to put outdoor equipment. I got it from Jamaica cottage shop, they make a huge selection of timber frame buildings.

The syrup is pretty tasty. It also makes a really good substitute for simple syrup when making adult beverages. It's slightly sweeter than simple syrup so you need to adjust for that.
 

CJadamec

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Apr 29, 2016
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#9
Maple trees take 20-40 years before they will get big enough to tap so enjoy the fruits of your brothers labor. Maybe lend him a hand a weekend or two with collecting and evaporating. Its a nice way to spend an afternoon.

Jam is pretty easy, not too many ingredients. Even the canning process is pretty strait forward. I made 16 pints of jam that day and it took about 4-5 hours from start to finish. That is from unprepared fruit to fully jarred up. A smaller batch wouldn't take nearly as long.