I’ve started feeling bolder about this whole “preserving” shindig. Thanks, in large part, to the fact that over at Calamity Jane’s Apron Strings, she was holding a giveaway for a copy of Harriet Fasenfest’s DVD, Preserving With Friends. I won myself a copy, thank goodness! (I don’t know that I’ve ever been that excited over having won a giveaway before, to be honest.) And let me tell you all. I was no more than 30 minutes into that DVD when I started having lightbulbs going on all over the place in my head. I just knew what I’d done wrong with my first batch of Strawberry Jam. (And its on my list to redo this weekend.)
Feeling bolder, I bought a bag of peaches from a local farmer, Mountain Meadows Farms, this past weekend at the farmer’s market. These peaches. Oh, they were so lovely. But I wanted a way to make them last a little bit longer, without them going bad in my fridge because we couldn’t eat them fast enough. So I got the idea for jam in my head. I found this Peach Jam recipe over at Food In Jars (an amazing blog), except it calls for 10 cups of peaches. I only got 6. So I substituted the last 4 cups with strawberries instead. I made a few other modifications after some rather copious amounts of googling, using what I had on hand – no lemons, so I used orange juice instead. I also reduced the sugar somewhat, too. In any case. This jam is seriously the best damn jam I’ve ever had in my life. (Though Truman feels the cinnamon could be a little lighter. Whatever. Embrace the cinnamon!)
Isn’t it pretty?
That empty jar up there was open for all of 2 hours in this house. That is the quickest *any* jam in this house has disappeared. Heck, I think its the quickest *anything* in this house has disappeared! I keep being tempted to go crack open another jar and just eat it with a spoon. What? Don’t look at me like that. I’m nearly 37 weeks pregnant – I’m allowed an indulgence here and there! 😉