Day 20 – Thirty Days of Thanks – pectin and berries and jars, oh my!

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:

  1. Ball glass jars –
    Ball jars wth blueberry jam!i :)

    Ball jars wth blueberry jam!i 🙂

    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.

  1. 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.
  1. IMG_7286Boiling 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.

  2. 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!

    Kosher dill pickles!

    Kosher dill pickles – best appreciated after they have marinated for more than three months.

  1. 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!
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