This was freezer jam so there was no cooking it, and while it always seemed like a long production to me, I now know that it takes a half hour from start to finish, including boiling the mason jars to clean them.
We did this every summer and that jam was the only jam we ever had in the house. It went on toast, it went on pancakes, it went in peanut butter and jam sandwiches and I guess I kind of took it for granted.
I still won't eat store bought strawberry jam, and I still try to make my own strawberry freezer jam every year. Like I did this morning.
Now I have to go because there is a piece of toast with fresh-made jam, with my name on it!
smut fixes everything (and homemade strawberry jam helps a lot of things, too!)