Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Yes, I Can!

Dirty (but completely free jars) from the Swap Shop

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20 pounds of blueberries

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blueberry jam

Last evening we picked up our annual box of blueberries. Last year the last few pounds went bad before we ate them so I decided to make jam before we just gorge ourselves on blueberries over the next few days.

Carter (9 1/2) helped make the jam after the younger kids went to bed. He helped scoop them into the colander. And wash them. And stem them. And crush them. And stir them. And sample the jam for proper gelling. I made him stand back when it came time to pour the hot jam into jars and the canning process. He stood on a stool in the distance and peered into the canning pot. He's very proud of himself. As he bragged to his younger brothers this morning how he helped make jam with me, they were jealous. They want to help me next time. I guess I have a few pounds of blueberries to spare ...

14 comments:

Katie Jean said...

i can't believe you got all those jars for free!! I've been looking in my thrift store forever for some and there's none to be found!!

I made some blueberry jam too, but definitely not as much as that! That sure is a lot of jam.

and how cute of Carter, I'm sure that's a memory that will always stay with him.

lisa said...

I never learned how to can. I think my mom was afraid that I would either get in the way or get hurt. It’s great that you are able to teach your kids these things. And they make wonderful presents like next time you need to give a teacher gift.

jessi said...

Mmmmm...I love blueberry jam. enjoy! it looks delish!

Karyn said...

Blueberry jam???? YUM!!

Hmmmm...blueberry jam on a scone. Hint. Hint.

miss chris said...

TWENTY POUNDS of blueberries?

Sorry, I couldn't get past that line. The jam looks yummy though. :)

V and Co. said...

oh and now i think i will too! thanks!

amandajean said...

how fun to have (one) helper. my oldest is a good helper, too. :) I have never tried blueberry jam...can you believe it?

Jo-Anne said...

How did you get all those jars for FREE?? Lucky you!

We have been doing a little jam making over here, too. It's the one kind of canning that I enjoy!

I didn't make any blueberry but after reading this, maybe I will! Carter will make a wonderful husband someday with his knowledge of jam making.

:):):)

Melody said...

I think it is so cool how you keep some of the forgotton home arts of "The olden days" alive. I wish that someone would have taught me how to can and make jam and jelly. My G-grandma and my grandma did but it stopped at my mom.

I agree with Jo-anne that Carter is going to be a walking book of cool knowledge to his bride.

Heidijayhawk said...

oh my. that is awesome. you are makin my mouth water over here!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Yum-o!!

FinnyKnits said...

What a great find! Free jars!!

That is some hot looking jam. I love it!

suburbanbrunette said...

Good job, Carter!
What a pro.

Little Munchkins said...

Wow, that's a lot of jam. One bottle of jam lasts us a year over here :o

Very cute of Carter....I think it is a good idea to get the kids to help out when they are able to.