I’m sure that doesn’t sound very interesting to a lot of people or they are thinking, “What adventure can be had in canning?” well I tell you there is a lot of adventure in canning. Boiling liquids, burning hot jars, pressure! TIME! It’s chaos under tight controls!
See, I didn’t start out this summer thinking that I’d ever can. I honestly didn’t believe it was for me. Then the blackberry bush went insane and I’ve harvested over 15 POUNDS of blackberries in the last week and a half.
I couldn’t let all these blackberries that were so delisous go to waste! I just gould NOT! So I found myself in a quandry. I could freeze them and use them later (but that’s really a lot of blackberries to shove in the freezer and I’m just starting to harvest fruit) or I could can or bake. How much blackberry pie/cobbler can one family eat? Canning it was. The lovely and fabulously domestic badass Hello Yarn turned me on to an easy blackberry jam recipie and I was off.
I made jam, and I made more jam, and then more jam until I had jam coming out my ears. The thing is the Mr and I use a lot of jam. The Mr (even though he’s a fancy president of his own company) takes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to work every day for lunch because we are thrifty like that. I’m hoping that I can make enough jam for an entire year so that I don’t have to buy any! We will see!
I really think that I need a stove with 4 burners. Right now the one the house came with has 2 and a grittle. Who uses a grittle enough to need it permanently attached to a stove?
I have branched out and today I made peach raspberry jam and rhubarb jam. Let me tell you…they were AMAZING. They were both different and drool inducing and honestly, the best jam I’ve ever tasted. Now I think it’s time to branch out a little further and see what other taste sensations there are.
I have also been making pickles. I’m now needing a place to store all these jars!