August 02, 2004

Preserving the summer

What’s the most sensible thing to do in the hottest portion of a Toronto summer? That’s right, make jam!

Ok, maybe not, but this is when the fruit is ripe, so this is when it happens, heat or no heat. This year we’re finally getting our act together to make several different batches, all of which have something from our garden in them:


That’s two types of raspberry jam and one batch of lime mint jelly; we also made a batch of gingered citrus-rhubarb jam, but I seem to have neglected to photograph the jars. For more details on the individual recipes you can check out my husband’s blog; he writes about them here and here. I think we’ll be taking a break for a little while, but soon it will be time for chutneys and relishes… mmm…

I’ve also been knitting, in between boiling things. The front and back of the silk sweater are done, joined at the shoulders, and blocking:


I’m worried that it’s going to be a little small, but I think the blocking will make it work; if I need to, I might add a row of squares or something else to the bottom, since I think it might be too short. We’ll see.

I’ve also started the next Mark-sweater… more on that next time.

Posted by Aven at August 2, 2004 05:38 PM

Raspberry/currant sounds like a promising combination. I wish I had room for raspberry bushes in my backyard. They are my favourite fruit (besides mangoes) The knitting looks great.

Posted by: Elizabeth at August 3, 2004 04:42 PM

You may like these two fun books on canning. You can still buy them new, however are a few years old so you may find copies in a 2nd hand book store.
Put a Lid on It!: Small-Batch Preserving for Every Season by Margaret Howard & Ellie Topp ISBN:0771574525 and More Put a Lid on It : Small-Batch Preserving Year Round ISBN:0771576250
Hmm…I see they also have another book out called The Complete Book of Year-Round Small-Batch Preserving: Over 300 Delicious Recipes ISBN: 1552095754

Posted by: Paula at August 10, 2004 12:19 AM