Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I made some jam. I don't know if it is good or bad. Ava likes it. I don't like jam or jelly, so it is kind of hard for me to judge. It tasted really, really sweet from what I could tell. I then sealed it in canning jars. I enjoyed the whole process. Plus it looks beautiful in the jars. Now that I have my basic canning supplies, I am definitely motivated to do more things. This year we have had a lot of fun going to pick fresh berries and other types of fruit this year, so I am looking forward to perfecting the canning process, gathering some recipes and ideas to be ready for next year.

Do any of you can? What do you make? What do you do with all of it? What do you eat? This is all new to me. I don't want to have shelves full of jars of things that I won't use. Suggestions?


  1. Lara cans the most wonderful applesauce I've ever eaten. I have irrational fears about canning. Some day, I hope to get over them!

  2. I don't can, but we used to go berry picking SO OFTEN! Strawberries & raspberries, esp. Let me know when/where you go this summer, b/c we would LOVE to find a good berry farm around here!

  3. Way to go on canning! It's a bit of work but worth every bit of it.

    Yes, I can. Applesauce(thanks, Llama Momma, for the compliment), salsa, blueberry jam. Mike does his own jalapeno jelly (good with cream cheese, spread on crackers). We absolutely go through the applesauce and jam, since I really try not to buy any from the store. And we lament when our stash runs out before fruit is in season again.

    Canning is a great activity to do with kids when they get older (like even 4 years old). They can do things like mash up the berries for jam and they love to be a part of it.

    Btw I use the inversion method on the jam and have never had a problem. And it's so easy that way!


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