Here's the equation:
24 quarts of strawberries + 4 friends + 4 two year olds = day full of fun, chaos, and yumminess!
And here's a law of physics that I've noticed... the day you plan to can each week will be the hottest of the week. Without fail. I do not have AC installed as it was barely 60 degrees all last week, and am in a second floor apartment. 'Nuff said.
In the end, we put up the following: (all are half-pint jars unless noted)
3 Strawberry Preserves
5 Strawberry Vanilla Jams
8 Strawberry Lavender Jams
12 Strawberry Jams
6 Strawberry Mint Syrups
4 Spiced Strawberry Butters, 1 4oz jar as well
6 trays Strawberry Leather
I prepped about a quart and a half for the Preserves last night.
Hulling over 20 quarts of strawberries.
The strawberry-vanilla prep that Rebecca brought.
We took slightly overripe berries and pureed them for the fruit leather.
Already plotting more of those Preserves. Sweet mother of all that is holy, they sure don't suck.