BOTTLED STRAWBERRIES

Bottle firm, fully ripe strawberries in syrup to enjoy all year long! Please note that strawberries fade in appearance and lose flavour due to the bottling process.
        
Ingredients for BOTTLED STRAWBERRIES
Yield
Strawberries
Sugar
1 litre (1 quart)
1.1-1.3kg (2 1/2 - 3 pounds)
100g (3.5 ounces)
4.5L (9 pints)
5-5.9kg (11-13 pounds)
450g (1 pound)
7 litres (7 quarts)
7.7-9kg (17-20 pounds)
700g (1 1/2 pounds)
     
METHOD:
1. Sterilise all equipment by washing in hot soapy water and rinsing well before use.
2. Wash and hull strawberries. Strawberries are best left whole for bottling.
3. Weigh fruit to determine the bottling yield.
4. Place strawberries into a large saucepan. Add sugar and stir to combine. Set aside at room temperature for 5-6 hours (or refrigerate overnight).
5. Prepare jars by boiling in a pot of water for 10 minutes before filling.
6. Soak lids in hot water (not on heat) for at least 5 minutes before use.
7. Heat strawberry mixture over low to medium heat until sugar has dissolved and strawberries are hot throughout.
8. Pack hot jars with the hot fruit.
9. Add hot syrup into each jar, filling jars to 1cm (1/2 inch) from the rim.
10. Using a non-metal utensil, remove any bubbles and add extra syrup if required.
11. Wipe rims to remove any food residue.
12. Add warm lids and twist to secure.
13. Place sealed jars into a pot of boiling water and boil for the processing time stated below for your altitude. Start the timer once the water comes to a full boil.
14. Turn off the heat source once the time is up. Remove jars from hot water after 5 more minutes. Cool jars overnight on a wood or fabric surface. Do not adjust lids during this time.
15. The next day, check jars have sealed before labelling and dating.
16. Store jars in a cool, dark and dry place for up to 12 months.
17. Refrigerate jars upon opening and consume contents within 2-3 days.
    
Processing Time for BOTTLED STRAWBERRIES in a Boiling Water Bath

Jar
Size
Altitude
≤ 1,000 feet
Altitude
1,001 - 3,000 feet
Altitude
3,001 - 6,000 feet
Altitude
≥ 6,000 feet
Hot Pack
≤ 500ml
 (pints)
10 minutes
15 minutes
20 minutes
25 minutes
≤ 1 Litre
(quarts)
15 minutes
20 minutes
25 minutes
30 minutes
   
FLAVOUR IDEAS:
Add a pinch of spice or a spoonful of juice (or liqueur) to a 500ml (pint) jar of bottled pears, process according to the recipe and taste when opening to check flavouring. Make in larger batches as desired.
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