Wednesday, September 9, 2009

peach jam '09

This past weekend I tried my hand at canning for the first time. Our friends moved into a house with a mature peach tree and gifted us a huge bag full of perfectly ripe fruit. Immediately, my mind turned back to summer days when my mother hardly left the stove and rows upon rows of bottled jam, grape juice, tomatoes, etc. would line the counter. And it just felt like the right time for me to continue the tradition for my own family.

I followed the directions that are in the Ball pectin box, excepting I used honey instead of sugar. It is so delicious and I feel so proud seeing my own rows of pretty jars lining the counter. I already have very ambitious plans in my head for next year... I never would have guessed how satisfying it is to hear that little "pop" when the lid seals!


  1. that is so awesome! we must think alike, beacuse the other day I called Sandy and said, "I need you to teach me how to make jam" ha ha ha. I also have the memories of my Mom's canned jam, peaches, etc...all lined up. I can't wait to try it. I hope I don't screw it up though. So can you believe we have a new nephew, so much fun. I hope Avery gets a girl cousin on the hart side someday ;)

  2. That is awesome! I want to learn how to can. It's on my list.

  3. good job, girl! i've hopped over to your blog from Danielle's a couple of times and always love seeing what you're up to.