My Mom was recently cleaning out her rather large freezer to make room for this year's produce. Her freezer was bursting at the seams so I offered to take tons of frozen berries off of her hands! I knew exactly what I was going to do with those cherries, thimbleberries and strawberries - JAM!!!
Don't they look scrumptious simmering together on the stove??
By the end of the 45 minute jam making session, I had 10 jars of thick, maroon-coloured goodness.
That's a lot of jam. Now, we go through A LOT of it in our home, but with plans to make strawberry, currant and peach jam during the upcoming fresh-fruit season, I figured I could gussy up a few bottles to give away (Yes- there is a bottle or two here for you, Jim!)
Here is one way to dress up a plain canning jar - kraft paper and twine. Simple and rustic.
How about the old stand-by ( yet still so pretty!) - fabric and ribbon.
And what about some lace? This length of crocheted goodness was given to me by my hubby's grandmother. I glue-gunned it on and fastened the seam at the back.
Did you notice my labels? I printed them for free from here.
There we go. Three jars filled, and made as yummy on the outside as they are on the inside!
When I was done jam-making I had a lot of berry juice leftover. I couldn't bear to dump the flavourful red liquid so I poured it in some freezer popsicle molds to enjoy later that day.
And BOY! Were they ENJOYED!!