Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Winter Jammin'

Nope - not exactly the rock out session you may have thought when you saw the title.
Simply put, we ran out of strawberry jam, so I spent part of the day making some from my stash of frozen strawberries. I also decided to try out a recipe for spiced blueberry jam since I still have frozen blueberries. My jam session today nearly depleted my supply of strawberries, but there's still plenty of blueberries for muffins.

I've never thought about keeping a pantry list describing what I canned for the year, but I saw it as a suggestion recently on the blog site Food in Jars. Upon reading the comments I discovered quite a few people who also ran out, or are very low on strawberry jam. I guess there'll be a whole lot more strawberries finding their way into jelly jars this spring. At any rate, the pantry list sounds like a great idea. I'll have to keep track next year so I can better approximate what I'll need to can each year. I already know a couple of things that I won't bother with this year - my hubby didn't like the Italian Style diced tomatoes, and the Salvation Jam was just okay; certainly not worth the trouble since there are so many other jams and jellies we like much better. On the other hand, there are quite a few new things I'd like to try to can this comming season - ketcup and barbeque sauce are at the top of the list.

The other thing I managed to learn today was how much grain is too much to put in my grain mill. Thank goodness I run it in the garage. Then again, if it had been in the kitchen I would probably have caught my mistake a little sooner. :D
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  1. Good idea.

    Great title too.....though I did guess it was about jam....just seemed more your thing than a wild guitar session.

  2. To be honest, I've done my share of the other type in the past,but making jam is certainly more my type of thing now. On the other hand, Beenie is working on those wild guitar sessions, and since she got a new guitar for Christmas T.Lynn is now starting to mess around with Beenie's old guitar.