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Jammin’ in the Summer

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I bet you thought I was talking about music, didn’t you? Well, I was literally jammin’ … making jam. What a great feeling of accomplishment making homemade jam from market fresh or hand-picked berries or fruit. Yesterday was a perfect day to spend the small amount of time to produce a shelf full of delicious jam.

Regular readers (oh my, I’m sure most of you have withered away since I’ve been so delinquent in making posts) may recall when I made some AMAZING marmalade back in March. Ever since I bought a copy of The Complete Book of Small-Batch PreservingI have been “putting food by” or canning/preserving. I used to do so much canning and then got lazy for years. I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying the process again. Oh and besides that great feeling of accomplishment, the outstanding fresh taste of the end product can’t be explained in words — you must eat it to believe it!

If you’re wondering what kind of jam I made yesterday, it was raspberry/blueberry. I added some orange and orange zest and wow does that make it sing — hey, now we’re jammin’!

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Cicerosings - July 22, 2012 - 8:26 am

Hi Diane,

Nice to see you up and posting! But I’m sure one to talk. If I get two up a month now I’m lucky. There are a few aunts that still like to keep up with my news and some others faithfully follow no matter how remiss I am.

I made strawberry jam the other day. So yummy. I made it especially for when I serve scones as normally I’m not a jam eater. One always thinks, “oh the work”, but when it is done there is such a sense of accomplishment … one of our rewards for the work.

Gisela - July 23, 2012 - 1:28 pm

Wow — your jam looks absolutely wonderful! And the photos themselves are lovely (as usual) as well! Happy “jammin'”!

Deborah Carr - July 26, 2012 - 4:54 pm

Hi Diane – been thinking of you lately and wondering…how is that girl??? Now I see you’ve been busy. I’ve been picking raspberries too (blogged about it this week), but no time to make jam yet. And if there was, I am sure mine would never be as beautiful as yours. 🙂

But…hmm…blueberries, orange…I think I might try.

leaca - August 18, 2012 - 10:00 am

That looks delicious. I need to make some blueberry jam.