Then we moved here and I've been making jams or jellies out of just about any fruit or berry I can get my grubby paws on. Wild grape, Strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, apple, persimmon, peach, pear.
It helps that we're a family of sweet-tooths (sweet teeths??). And it also helps that jams and jellies are one of the easiest things to preserve. So to say that I've made a ton of jams during our time here at Krazo Acres would be a bit of an understatement. Some are immediately eaten, some are given away as gifts and the rest are stored in the pantry for later consumption.
This year was the first year I made peach jam. My Mom's peach trees were loaded, so I got a bunch from her, as well as the freebie seconds peaches from the produce guy at the Farmers Market. Then my awesome peach trees started producing, so once we ate our fill of fresh peaches, the others were put into the freezer to process at a hopefully-not-much-later time. After making and tasting the peach jam, I excitedly exclaimed to any and everyone that I met that it was the best jam I've ever tasted.
Then our pear trees started dropping pears here & there. So I did what I normally do with a sudden windfall of fruit; made them into jam. And I now renege on my earlier peach-jam statement. My pear jam is the best jam I've ever tasted. Don't get me wrong. Blueberry jam (what used to be my number one always love awesomeness jam) will always hold a special place in my heart, but this batch of cinnamon pear jam I made is to stinking die for.
So far I've made ten jars. Two of which I've given away already, two of which have made their way into our maws and the other six are sitting pretty in the pantry. Sitting pretty along with another 45 pint jars and 12 of those little jelly jars of various flavors.
Yes, I said we have over fifty jars of jelly in the pantry. OMG. I'm a jelly hoarder! They aren't all from this year though; I actually have about a dozen jars from 2011 so those got pulled to the front. I just finished canning the last of the pears not ten minutes ago (not jam, just pears!!) so they are finished, but I still have about ten pounds of strawberries in the freezer along with another ten pounds of peaches, I still have to pick the wild grapes and the persimmons are patiently awaiting the first frost.
|Some of the jelly / jam shelves. There are others still awaiting|
placement in the pantry. As soon as I make room (i.e. eat more).