Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Summer Jam Fest

For some reason, canning has always intimidated me.  I grew up watching my grandmother do it and fondly recall her sending me down to her basement whenever we visited to pick out what canned goods we'd take home.  My favorites were her salsa, pie cherries, and sauerkraut.  Yum.

But even though I don't remember thinking it looked hard I've always been intimidated to give it a go myself.  Last fall Brad and I bought a canning set, and I fully intended to try canning, but all we used the big pot for is boiling lobsters and king crab legs. 

Until now.

We'd been getting fresh rhubarb from our CSA every week and it was piling up.  So I finally took the plunge and made some strawberry rhubarb jam.  It turned out so good that a few days later I made some rhubarb conserve (kind of like a chutney).  And then last weekend I bought a huge tub of blueberries and made some more jam.

You know what?  So far it's all turned out pretty fabulous.  The blueberry jam is a little thick, but the flavor is great.  (And I suppose thick is better than runny.)

Next up is apricot jam.  I've been preparing apricots each week from our CSA fruit share and storing them in the freezer until I have enough to make jam.  I'm only a cup and a half away, and it looks like we'll be getting the last of the apricots this week. 

I recall reading that someone's Ethiopian kiddo would eat only bread and jam when he first came to America.

Just in case, Eli, we'll be ready!

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