Since we came home from Michigan City with several pounds of blueberries, I am thankful that blueberry jam can be made and last for many months to come. This leads to today’s 5 Thankful Things:
5 Food-related Thanks:
- Ball glass jars –
Glass canning jars, with seal-able lid inserts, are such a wonderful way to preserve food! Thank you to the Ball Brothers (and sister) who moved to Muncie, Indiana during the gas boom, to produce glass products, like those wonderful jars.
- Fruit pectin – How wonderful to have a little box of this to a mixture of fruit and sugar, cook, and process to can in those lovely glass jars.
- Boiling water “canners” – How very cool it is to be able to safely and succinctly seal glass jars, by boiling them in a stove-top canner. Once the jars cool, a certain sense of accomplishment is felt when one hears the little “pop!” ping as the jars each seal.
- Fresh cucumbers, garlic, and dill – Together, these can join with vinegar and pickling salt, filling those lovely jars, to make pickles that will indeed be appreciated!
- A loving, culinary husband – …who knows that his wife does not possess the heat tolerance and dexterity she used to use to complete basic canning. He did a fantastic job today, with help of our two sous chefs, in creating a fun menagerie of colorful food treats. Interestingly, the daughter who dislikes blueberries helped most with jam, and her sister who finds cucumbers inedible offered a great deal of pickle help. We love you, Rach and Em!