Facebook can be such a dangerous thing.
I got on there this morning, and in my news feed I saw this from a produce place in Wichita:
Unbelievable! Fresh, delicious strawberries 49 CENTS A 1lb. BOX! $3.49 a flat!
At first, I dismissed it, thinking that there was no way that there would be any left by the time that I got there. But, I made the mistake of calling them to see just how many they had...and I was assured that they had lots...
When I asked how much was in a "flat" I was told that it contained 8 pounds.
Really? 8 pounds of strawberries for $3.49?
They had a limit of 10 flats per customer. OK, I can deal with that. In the meantime, I talked to a friend of mine who was wondering if I could get some for him too. I took off to Wichita, and he called the place and was told that they would allow me to get 20 since he called and made the arrangements.
What does 20 flats of strawberries look like in a minivan? Something like this:
And then once they're brought into the house, they look something like this:
Not knowing exactly what we were getting ourselves into, we started doing the math. And after I made one batch tonight, I've determined that if we make all of these strawberries into jam, we will have 320 pints.
At this point, I believe I'll be preparing the berries and getting them into the freezer to keep them from spoiling, then I can tackle them a little bit at a time. There's no way I can come up with 320 empty jars. Not to mention the pectin and the sugar.
Strawberry jam, anyone?