You don’t have to make huge batches of jams or pickles. Take this example: in a small batch, Strawberry-Vanilla Butter uses only 1½ quarts of berries, and yields 3 half-pint jars (plus a bit extra for toast or snacking.) You may double the recipe, if you wish a larger batch: the jars make perfect gifts.
Sliced fresh strawberries are layered with a scraped vanilla bean and sugar. This must stand at least an hour but can be stashed in the refrigerator for as long as 2 days to suit your convenience. Once the sugar has drawn juice from the berries, cooking and sealing in jars takes less than an hour.