She canned everything.
And I mean EVERYTHING...
The joke was that if you stood still near the kitchen long enough, she'd turn you into a jelly.
I know now that my mom did it for stress relief, but at the time, she drove me batty.
I mean, come on, I was a sassy, smart-mouthed teenager (at times) and one can only respond to "Hey Suzie, come taste my kumquat-guava-mandarin-fig jam for me" so many times....
My mom LOVES to make jams and jellies (and yes, I do know the difference....)
I know NOTHING about canning, or jamming or jellying.
But I, too, am the mother of a daughter.
So, today, I continued a Both Sides Family tradition. Micaela and I made Strawberry Freezer Jam. It's a far cry from the types of jellies that my mom slaved HOURS on. This batch took 20 minutes from start to finish. We used this recipe from a fave website:
The jars look so cute and Micaela was very proud of herself. (Noticed the absence of cabinet fronts? They're being painted!!)
When I mentioned that I carried on a tradition from BOTH sides, it's because the canning funnel thingie you see here in the 2nd photo belonged to Micaela's paternal great-grandmother. Can you imagine the stories it would tell? I did the math and that funnel thingie was probably used in the Depression (when canning was a way of life and survival)....
We bought small jars so we could share the bounty. Tomorrow (or possibly Wednesday) we're baking bread and delivering it to special people we know. This whole project was pretty cheap, about $15.00. Those "cute jars" need to be cheaper. Now I will buy them at thrift stores....!!