Thursday, August 08, 2013

Luscious Jam...

Every year about this time I get in the mood to make jam. Our church teaches its members to be self-reliant and to build up a basic food and water supply to use in times of adversity or emergency. This teaching used to be looked at as extreme by some. Not so much anymore. In the last twelve years I've had many friends and neighbors ask me how they could go about creating a basic supply of food and other essentials. It's just common sense in today's world to have some money and necessities set aside.

When I first started canning my own jam to rotate through our food storage, it used to be much less expensive to can it myself rather than buy it in the store. I'm not sure that's the case anymore, but when you compare the taste of homemade to store-bought, there is no comparison. Homemade tastes so much better, so I continue to make it every year because, after eating homemade for years, we're spoiled.

This year I've made a variety of jams...

Strawberry, Mixed Berry (blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry), Raspberry, and Blueberry.
Be still my heart.

I also think there's a value in knowing how food is processed. Before I got married, I had no idea how food got from the garden to the table. Knowing how to process fruits and vegetables has its merits. 

Anyway, that's what I've been doing all week, and I have dozens of quarts canning jars filled with luscious jams to prove it. Enough for us and enough to give away to family and friends!


http://thankfullga447 said...

I need to get started on my canning. I had the best raspberries from my sister's garden in Vail, CO.

Happy in red said...

So yummy, I always have some jam jars in the pantry. To use myself (pancakes!!) or to give away as a gift with some homemade scones. This year, for the first time ever, I picked my own fruit. This would make it even more cheap to make jam yourself. Anyway, great work!!

Suzanne said...

We have fruit trees in our yard, but this year we didn't get any fruit because of a late spring freeze! Ugh! - Suzanne

Shelise said...

Those look amazing!!! I've tried freezer jam but I've never had the guts to do the real thing. I wish someone could come into my kitchen and walk me through it.

Tins and Treasures said...

Good evening, Suzanne,
Your jam looks so delicious...I have many fond memories of my mom making jams and jellies this time of the year.

Take care ~Natalie