Friday, 30 July 2010
The apples were from our garden; the first time we've had a decent crop from this young tree. There is still some fruit on the branches, as yet unripened.
I make my own jams so they're totally free of synthetic colours and other additives. Made properly, unopened preserves can be safely stored for years. It's a pleasant feeling to know the household cupboards are well-stocked.
I also enjoy maintaining old traditions. Preserving foods for the coming winter months is a task which has been observed for millennia.
These-days we're so used to simply popping out to the shops 24/7 that on the rare occasions that there's been some kind of hold-up in the supply chain, people started panicking within only a few days. Maybe we should think about becoming a little more self-reliant? We've become so dependent on others, on a complex commercial system, for our basic needs. I'm not so sure that's such a good thing.
Illustrated article on how to make your own jam:- http://hubpages.com/hub/Making-Jam