You could do it the easy way.
Step 1. Buy a whole whack of strawberries.
Step 2. Stack ’em.
But that would be too easy.
Better to take that fruit and jam it.
I jam strawberries, raspberries and blackberries every summer. My mother used to make jam as well, but hers was a long, complicated process involving paraffin wax to seal the jars, and a bit of voodoo. I do it the easy way.
1. Clean the berries.
2. Sterilise the jars and lids you’re going to use by boiling about a half-inch of water in a big pot with the lid on.
3. Take a kilo and a half of berries, add a half-kilo of pectin/sugar mix – the one with the 3:1 ratio so you use less sugar – and throw in a small packet of citric acid.
3b. Pour that stuff in!
4. Joyfully slash the pot with a knife to cut up the berries, then boil the crap out of them for three minutes while stirring and stamping down with a potato masher.
5. Pour the still-boiling mixture into the jars up to the brim.
6. Drop a lid loosely on each jar, then get a towel – because the jars will be super-hot – and tighten the lids as hard as you can.
7. Turn the jars over and let them cool.
8. Ummm… that’s about it. It takes me about an hour and a half now that I’m organised.
OH! Make that strawberry pyramid: