Making Jams…

Strawberry jam!

Strawberry jam!

Today we buy things. We buy nearly everything we wear, eat, live on, live with; the list is endless. Big companies supply just about everything we need,and a lot we don’t need.

Ontario Bartlett pears in season!

Ontario Bartlett pears in season!

One thing that living in a pandemic COVID world has taught us to appreciate the little things. Little things that bring us joy, and activities that take us somewhere else.

I’m the first to admit that during the last few years life has moved at a crazy pace. Things I used to do and enjoy at home became a casualty to a busy life. I wrote a couple of months ago about rediscovering baking bread

Pears ready for the pot.

Pears ready for the pot.

As this summer has raced on with glimpses of normality and my business life jump starting into full gear, I didn’t want to lose those simple pleasures.

I took the plunge this week after a four-year hiatus and decided to make jam. With the abundance of Ontario fruits at this time of year it just seemed like the perfect time.

Pear jam in process.

Pear jam in process.

I find it such a pleasurable thing to do. It makes me think of childhood days when my mother Doreen always made pounds and pounds of different jams and preserves. 

Peach jam all bottled.

Peach jam all bottled.

As I sterilized and prepped mason jars and lids and prepped the fruits I realized how much I have missed doing this. I also realized HOW satisfying the finished jars make you feel!

We need to do more things like this. Why buy it when you can capture the scents of summer in a jar? In the cold of this coming winter we will enjoy the tastes and scents of strawberries, peaches and pears reminding ourselves that summer will come again.

Do I try pickles next?