Yes, I flew all the way to Korea to make strawberry jam. All jokes aside, I visited Korea for the third time this past May. Every time, my family and I would try to find something interesting to do, something that we can’t do at home. After binge watching Korean variety shows and seeing how strawberries are hyped up in Korea, my mom was craving them. So I thought, why not pick them ourselves? Thanks to Koreal trip, the booking process was easy. We choose the 500g strawberry picking experience + making jam package. We also wanted the chocolate dipping as well (chocolate covered strawberries) but the weather was apparently too hot for that at that time.
You can read more about the Yangsuri Strawberry Farm here: http://iamontheroad.net/blog/strawberry-picking-in-korea/?ckattempt=1
You can book your strawberry experience here: http://korealtrip.com/trip/strawberry-picking-experience-in-yangpyeong/?ckattempt=1
Now let me walk you through my experience!
First of all, we chose the wrong day to go simply because it was during one of the public holidays in Korea and there was major traffic. The strawberry farm was about a 10 minute drive from the train station but walking there would be at least 30 minutes. Since there was so much traffic, a lot of the taxi drivers refused to drive us there. We walked to a local clothing store and asked the manager to call a taxi for us, hoping that they would be more accommodating to locals. And it worked, we got there safely and it was time to pick some strawberries!
Step 1: Pick the strawberries! Don’t pull on them. Snap it towards you by the stem. Fill up the plastic container with as many strawberries as possible!
Step 2: Strawberry Puree. Place the strawberries in a large pot and start crushing them with your hands!
Step 3: Place them over heat and start cooking! Keep stirring!
Step 4: Add sugar!
Step 5: Let it cool down and transfer them to jam jars!
Step 6: Enjoy it with bread