I love cooking. Well, I love baking, but you can’t have pie for dinner EVERY day. Fall is one of my favorite seasons because of all the recipes devoted to it (and I don’t just mean the all-pumpkin-everything mindset, although I do love pumpkin). Among these harvest-time recipes are preserves.
For a long time now I’ve wanted to learn how to preserve food, so this summer I decided to dive in. It all started with strawberry jam. A friend and I got our hands on a canning pot and all the proper tools, and after much research and excitement, we had eight jars of strawberry jam. It was so much easier than I thought! After that, I couldn’t stop. I made pickles; I made two more batches of jam; I made salsa. I have an entire section of my kitchen cupboards devoted to jars. It may be out of hand.
I love the idea of enjoying summer food in the wintertime, and it’s nice to see canning becoming so popular–I think it shows a respect for real food and a desire to know where our food comes from. I also like that I’m doing something my grandmother used to do, even though in order to comply with current health and safety standards I’m not actually using her old recipes.
Is there something you’ve wanted to do for a long time and haven’t done yet? Maybe write that one tricky book? Let me know in the comments!