Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jammin' with my Bloggy Friends

In generations past, cooks would exchange advice over the backyard fences, over coffee in each other's kitchens, or over the phone. In today's world, we're not all that different; we exchange advice through our friends. Some of those friends, however, are not in the immediate neighborhood; they're online.

I sought advice on twitter. I asked friends on Plurk. I visited City Slipper's jam/ jelly tutorial on his Home Kitchen Garden blog. I visited Green Girl's home kitchen and garden! Well, her raspberry patch, to be more accurate. After seeking advice from friends on Plurk, on Twitter, on blogs, and in real life, I did it. I successfully made three kinds of jam.

First I had to clean the kitchen. There was no room to work.

I didn't take any pictures of the jam-making process. Trust me; it all went as planned. The house smelled wonderful. After the initial kitchen clean-up, the mashing of berries, the stirring of fruit and sugar, and the heating of jars, I cleaned up once again.

Oops, I forgot one sticky pot.

There. Now it looks better. Three kinds of jam: strawberry, strawberry-rhubarb, and raspberry. Organic strawberries from the farmers' market, rhubarb from my backyard, and raspberries from Green Girl's yard: wow. This is pretty darn cool, impressive even for the locavore in me.

Very cool - or rather hot. The jars will be cooler in the morning. Ooh: which should I spread on my toast for breakfast? Maybe I should bake bread, too.

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Anonymous cityslipper (home kitchen garden) said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I hope you had fun with it. I'm always pumped to have a larder full of homemade jams, jellies, and canned sauces, fruits, and vegetables. Beware: jelly-making is a gateway drug for pickling, fermenting, and pressure-canning. ;-)

6/30/2010 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whew! You DID IT!!! And it looks fantastic!

7/01/2010 7:58 AM  

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