I've been meaning to try my hand at canning since I was a teenager (which is currently like a really really long time ago). I keep hoping to grow enough produce of my own to can, but our yard is very shady and the weather's been bad the last couple of years - even with new raised beds not much wants to grow - not even zucchini! Since I could be waiting forever for a "need" to can, I decided to get around to it the way I do most things - which is to get the "props" first. A canning book for Christmas, then jars a few weeks ago. (side note, that list should've included jar lifting tongs, I don't recommend canning without them unless you like splashing yourself with boiling water!!)
Since I found myself in possession of a box of peaches anyway, I went ahead and did it. I made the Sure Jell recipe (mostly). It called for 5.5 cups of sugar to 4 cups of fruit (!!!) but I added another 1.5 cups of chopped peaches. 1 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, an extra tablespoon of lemon juice, and a bit of rum extract.
|Ziki wasted no time claiming the empty box|
Mollie from Wild Olive was nice enough to make a download of cute stuff available on the day of her blog's 8 year anniversary which I managed to grab (and her stuff is just so cute!!) so I cobbled together two of the images to make some commemorative jam art. Maybe I should make a second one that says syrup. ;(