When times get tough, I break out the canning supplies. Diving into a project that consumes my every thought has always helped me clear my mind of any worries or stress, so I highly recommend it! For those of you who feel intimidated, there’s always some kind of fresh produce year-round to work with, no matter where you live and shop for groceries. Also, the Sunday morning brunch taste tests are simply the best and make all the hard work worthwhile – I line up all the different flavors and try each with fresh breads, YUM!
Jams are best during the early summer when strawberries are the most sweet, followed by blueberries and peaches. Leave all the fruit & seeds once it cooks down for traditional spread or strain to make jelly. Pomegranates are ripe in early fall and their juice is super delish for jellies. Then once fall rolls around, granny smith “crock pot” apple butter is the most delicious I’ve ever made; however, recently I saw some new flavors that I’m very eager to attempt! Next up on my list are relishes & sauces… however the sweet potato butter sounds really interesting, too! Next summer I definitely want to make some fresh marinara sauce from heirloom tomatoes.
One last note, if you decide to jam while listening to reggae music just be warned that Bob Marley’s “Jammin” can get stuck in your head for weeks (which I don’t mind, but some might!). hahaha bluegrass is always better
Sweet Stress Relief
December 10, 2011 by peachycreative