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How to Make Strawberry Jam in a Bread Machine

It seems to happen every summer. Whether you visit a berry farm or farmers market – or just have generous neighbors, you inevitably find yourself with a surplus of strawberries. Everyone enjoys strawberries fresh, but they only last for so long. Sooner or later, you have to use them or lose them, and no one wants to waste an in-season strawberry.

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How to Make Strawberry Jam in a Bread Machine

One of the best ways to preserve the succulent flavor of summer strawberries is to make jam. Stored in the fridge, you can enjoy strawberry jam for weeks, and in the freezer, up to a year. It’s a welcome a treat in the dead of winter, when you’ve been eating beef stew for days on end. So do yourself a favor, and preserve this slice of summer while you can.

How to Make Strawberry Jam in a Bread Machine

Strawberry jam, or strawberry preserves, can easily be made in a bread machine. Just add fresh strawberries, some sugar, pectin and lemon juice to a bread maker and start the machine on the jam cycle. After the automated cycle has completed, allow the jam to cool and transfer it to storage containers.

For fridge storage you can use glass jelly jars like the ones we used here, but don’t use them if you’re storing in the freezer. Frozen jam can expand and break glass jars, so look for plastic “freezer jars” or use plastic bags. When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen jam, just transfer it to the fridge and allow it to defrost overnight. Our recipe makes about six cups, so you’ll be stocked up for months to come.

How to Make Strawberry Jam in a Bread Machine


Bread Machine Strawberry Jam
YIELDS: 6 servings

This recipe uses a Hamilton Beach® bread machine and makes approximately 6 cups of jam.
Ingredients
6 cups strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 package (about 3 to 4 tablespoons) low or no-sugar needed pectin
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Instructions
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Pour into bread machine pan.
Using Cycle 9 Jam, start bread maker.
After cycle has finished, allow jam to cool about 1 hour before transferring to storage containers.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to a year.
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Breadmaker 101: The Basic Guide for Using a Bread Machine to Make Delicious Bread at Home - with a bonus recipe for White Wheat Bread! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachWhatever your taste preferences or dietary needs, you can satisfy them with Hamilton Beach® Bread Machines. Developed with nutrition in mind, they feature settings such as gluten-free and whole-grain so you can bake wholesome breads using a variety of flours.
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How to Make Quick and Easy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

In early summer, everyone’s gardens and market bags are overflowing with fresh cucumbers. It seems this time of year is known for finding ways to use them up or creatively give them away. So what can you make with extra cucumbers before they go bad? One of our favorite ways to get through the excess is these quick and easy refrigerator pickles.

Just a few turns of the food processor blades make quick work of an otherwise lengthy slicing task, so the cucumbers can start pickling right away.

How to Make Quick and Easy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

This recipe is for bread and butter pickles with a bit of spice from red pepper flakes, but you can easily use the same method to prepare dill pickles, spicy habañero pickles or salt and pepper pickles. If you like the way they turn out, remember this recipe come July, because it works with zucchini and squash as well.

How to Make Quick and Easy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Spicy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles
SERVES: 32

This easy pickle recipe is great for using up an excess supply of summer cucumbers, and it takes no time at all with the help of a food processor for slicing. Be sure to have 8 (8 ounce) sterilized canning jars ready to go when you begin this recipe.
Ingredients
6 medium cucumbers
2 1/4 cups apple cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Instructions
Using slicing blade, with food processor running, add one cucumber to food chute. Process until completely sliced. Repeat process with remaining cucumbers.
Divide sliced cucumbers between 8 (8 ounce) jelly jars.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring vinegar, sugar, brown sugar, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, dried red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to a rolling boil.
Stir and pour vinegar mixture evenly between jars. Let stand 1 hour or until room temperature. Cover with lids.
Refrigerate up to 3 months.
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How to Clean and Store Berries - perfect for summer, now that berries are popping up at the farmers markets!

In season berries taste so much better than out-of-season berries, and this time of year the grocery stores, berry farms and farmers markets are teeming with them. We stock up on the red, blue and purple fruits, and then we realize we have no idea how to store them properly. What are we to do? How can we possibly eat this many berries before they all go bad? Today, we will teach you how to take fresh, ripe berries and store them properly so you can avoid those moldy disappointments and last-minute rushes to make as many cobblers and muffins as possible for your neighbors. You’ll be able to use your gorgeous berries in all kinds of fresh dishes and smoothies, and you will know exactly what to do next time the kids come home from a berry farm field trip.

The instructions we have provided for cleaning and storing your berries are for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and the like.

How to Clean and Store Berries - perfect for summer, now that berries are popping up at the farmers markets!

If you are planning to store your berries in the fridge…

keep them in their original container so they can breathe at around 32-34°F. Keep your berries dry. If they look too crowded or humid, you may want to lay a paper towel under the berries in the bottom of the container. As a general rule, avoid the crisper drawers at all costs as they are much too humid for sensitive berries. Wait to wash berries until just before you are ready to use them, then rinse gently under cool water. You can let them get closer to room temperature before serving to enhance their natural flavors. Berries typically keep in the fridge for two to seven days, depending on the type of berry. Generally, the more fragile the berry, the shorter it will keep.

If you are planning to freeze your berries for later use…

rinse them in cool water as you would before serving berries stored in the fridge, then allow them to dry completely. (Blueberries, by exception, should not be washed before freezing, as their skins become tough. Instead, wash them right before using after they’ve thawed.) It’s not necessary to freeze the berries individually on large, wax-paper lined cookie sheets first, though some sensitive berries, like raspberries and blackberries, can benefit from it. For heartier berries, just place them in a sealed container and freeze until ready to use.

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How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Do you shy away from homemade whipped cream because it seems complicated or fussy? Don’t! Making fresh whipped cream is incredibly easy (once you know what to look for), and the taste is far better than the canisters at the grocery store. If you’re going to work so hard on homemade pie, don’t top it with anything but the best.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Start with whipping cream that’s been refrigerated. (Tip: It doesn’t hurt to refrigerate or freeze your whisk and mixer bowl, too.) Whipping cream and heavy cream are high fat creams (35% and 36%, respectively), which means they’ll whip up nicely. Don’t bother trying to make whipped cream with a low fat milk or cream, because it won’t work.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Start by mixing on low speed (so you don’t make big splashes) until you see your cream start to get bubbly. This will probably take about a minute, longer if you’re whisking by hand. Pause, and add the sugar and any flavoring, like vanilla extract, almond extract, peppermint extract or Irish cream.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Mix again on low until you can see soft peaks starting to form. You can tell you’re getting close when the whisk begins to cut through the cream and it increases slightly in volume.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Soft peaks is a term people use when discussing whipped creams and meringues. It means the cream has increased in volume because the air has been incorporated. The whipped cream will be smooth and silky. It might drip a little, but overall, it’ll sit softly on the edge of your whisk.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want stiff peaks, beat a little bit longer. You may want to stop periodically as you go to make sure you don’t overbeat your cream. When the whisk starts to really pull up the whipped cream and the volume has about doubled, you’re probably at stiff peaks.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Unlike soft peaks, stiff peaks will sit upright and thick without dripping off your whisk. It’s firmer and stronger, yet remains smooth and creamy. You shouldn’t beat past stiff peaks for whipped cream as it will get grainy and eventually separate.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You know you’ve gone too far when your whipped cream starts to look more like cottage cheese. It’s no longer silky and smooth, but clumpy and peakless.

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you get to this point, don’t fret. You can keep going a little longer and make a perfectly good sweet butter. Add some cinnamon for a homemade spread perfect for thick morning toast or mashed sweet potatoes. The liquid that’s left is actually buttermilk. Pretty cool, right?

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Whipped Cream

Ingredients
1 cup whipping cream
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
Instructions
Place cream in deep container. Blend on high speed for 1 minute.
Add sugar and vanilla. Continue to blend until soft peaks form. Watch closely. It can be easily overbeaten.
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Come back tomorrow to see how we used our gorgeous homemade whipped cream in a holiday-ready coffee drink.

Salted Caramel Mocha Latte using the Perfect Whipped Cream from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

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How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream (with lots of photos!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach



Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The countdown to Halloween has begun and everyone is putting the final touches on their costumes. Kids are excited to go trick-or-treating, and they’re betting they’ll get more candy than their siblings. But where will all that candy go? Everyone who dresses up and goes trick-or-treating needs a good bag for all that loot, but most of the options at stores look the same or don’t match your kid’s costume. Fix that with this simple and quick DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bag, which is fully customizable and includes reflective straps for safety as you walk around the neighborhood.

Start with a piece of fabric in your favorite coordinating Halloween print. I bought a full yard of this pumpkin fabric so I could make additional accessories with the scraps.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Fold the fabric in half, and then iron it with a high-steam iron like the Durathon to get any wrinkles out. The folded end will act as the bottom of our bag, so it saves us an extra stitch.


Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Gather a pair of scissors, a measuring tape and a fabric pencil to measure the bag to the appropriate size.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The orange and black bag is for a smaller child, so I measured 12 inches across the bottom…

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

…and 14 inches up the sides.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Mark the fabric at your measurements, and cut the fabric into a rectangle.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Unfold your cut rectangle of fabric and re-fold it so it’s inside out. Iron it so the bottom of the bag is creased and flat. The right sides of the fabric should be looking in towards each other.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Pin one side of the bag from the bottom to the top. Repeat on the other side, but be sure to leave the top of the bag open.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Again, make sure the right side of the fabric is on the inside. Later, we’ll turn the bag inside out again, exposing the pretty side of the fabric and hiding the seams.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Sew each side of the bag, starting at the top and going to the bottom, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Your bag is starting to look like an actual bag now! The pretty side of the fabric is on the inside and the top is wide open.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Loop the bag on the end of your ironing board and open up the fabric along the seam.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Use your iron to press the seam, so it’s nice and flat. Repeat on the other side.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachFold down the top of the seam ⅝ inch around the entire top of the bag.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Pin the fabric and press it with your iron.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Sew along your top seam at ½ inch, remembering to backstitch at the beginning and end.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

To make handles, measure webbing in your favorite color to 18” and cut two lengths. You can also buy a yard of webbing and simply cut it in half.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Measure the same amount of iron-on reflective tape. Peel off the protective layer, per the instructions on the package, and lay it over the center of the webbing.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Gently iron on the reflective tape.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

When you are finished, your webbing should look like it has a reflective strip going down the center, like this.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Loop the webbing into a U-shape with reflective side down.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Measure one side so the inside of the handle rests three inches from the side seam and about an inch down. Pin it into place, making sure to only pin one side of the bag, so you don’t sew it closed.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Repeat on the other side.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Sew two levels of stitches over the handle, going back and forth a few times to really secure it in place.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Now, you can turn the bag inside out. The pretty fabric and the reflective tape should all be facing out.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

At this point, you can leave the bag as-is and iron it flat, or you can continue to embellish it.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Iron the bag flat to remove any wrinkles.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want to embellish the bag further, you can. I used a little ribbon of pom-poms that matched the fabric. Just wrap it around the bag, trim it and pin it into place. Sew it on.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The bag looks pretty cute now, doesn’t it?

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach
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But it could use just one more thing… How about some matching glow in the dark paint for a little extra fun (and safety) at night?

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I chose colors that matched some of the polka dots on the fabric and went over them to make little dots.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Let it dry and then you’re all finished!

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You can use the same method to create bags in lots of colors and styles, matching any costume a kid can dream up. You can also make bigger or smaller bags by adjusting the measurements in the beginning.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

For this black bag (to match a witch costume), we used 14”x16” measurement and embellished it with beautiful ribbons and a clip-on flower.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

These finished bags will make a little witch and a cute pumpkin happy while they trick-or-treat on Halloween.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

It only takes 15 minutes from start to finish to make these simple bags.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You could even make one for yourself in a nice fabric and have a simple reusable shopping tote. Or let the kids use the bags all year for creative play and fun.

Thanks for checking out our latest DIY with the Durathon iron. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

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