…and when I woke up this morning, my legs were so stiff and sore I could barely walk! Maybe I ought to take more breaks to stay limber, huh? But it made for a good reason to sit here in my chair and crochet all day (and my girls mopped the mess I made all over the kitchen floor and did the laundry. Woo hoo!).
We live down a long gravel road bordered by wild blackberries. My family went out and picked a bunch the other day. I think I ended up with 16 half-pint jars of jam and 2 gallon ziplocs of whole berries in the freezer. And there’s still more out there! We also have an Asian pear tree in the yard that decided that everything was ripe Right Now. Unfortunately, it has problems with coddling moths, so I had to do a lot of paring and chopping to get the usable parts. Even so, I ended up with 6 quarts of pear slices and 5 pints of pear mincemeat. That was a new recipe for me – it smelled like Christmas in here yesterday! When we bought this place a few years ago, I learned that Asian pears have lower acidity than European pears, so you have to acidify any canning recipes that use them. 2 Tbsp of lemon juice per quart.
Hopefully my legs will begin to cooperate in the next day or so (currently I lurch around like Frankenstein) because I want to go check out the crabapple trees in the cemetery behind our house and see if they’re ready for jelly!
I know there are some other canners here on LC! What are you putting up??