Friday, March 31, 2006

Productivity

I love canning!! Seeing all those jars lined up on the table or counter makes me feel like I have accomplished something. When you do laundry, clean the bathroom, or sweep the floor there is a sense of accomplishment for only a few minutes before someone has put something in the hamper, used the bathroom on the floor, or tracked in dirt. Eating the jelly takes longer so I can feel better about myself longer. Cheap therapy!

Yesterday's jelly making was not easy. I tried to cook too many berries in one batch, walked away to answer the phone and let the sticky mess overflow onto the stove, didn't sterilize enough jars and had to risk breaking a jar or two when I threw them into the boiling water, and didn't get the jam quite thick enough. Major stress. This is the first canning after a long winter so maybe I will get it together for next week's jam fest. My husband said he wanted to give his family jam when we visit at Easter. This means I will have to make one or two more batches. His family is big and you cannot leave out anyone. I guess I could tell him to make his own if he wants to start gifting.

5 comments:

Frankie said...

I am very impressed. I'd love to come over and get a canning lesson from you!

wisteria said...

After yesterday's disaster, I instated a special fee. You have to clean my stove top first. Ha! Ha!

Frankie said...

lol! Don't tell anyone, but I actually *like* to clean...other people's houses. I love to clean for my dad and sister! It would be a great deal for me.

Anonymous said...

I don't recall receiving jam at Easter :)... Just hold onto mine for Christmas and I'll have a jar of honey with that, as well...

with Joy!
your SIL

wisteria said...

The strawberry man went AWOL before I got the second batch of berries. If there is still jam at Christmas you may have it.