It's kinda weird. I'm a strict jam-as-a-condiment gal, so it's hard to understand ... but who am I to judge?
Perhaps it stems from childhood. His mother makes jam every summer and gives it as gifts at Christmas. It's amazing ... especially the blueberry. It's gone in a matter of days.
So I started thinking ... happy boyfriend = happy me and happy household, right?
So jam woman, I am.
I'm going to get this Home Preserving Kit from Sur La Table ($42) and surprise him with jars of jam.
See why I'm stoked to get it ...
First off, it's only $42 and comes with everything you need for canning.
You'll get a 21.5-quart steel boiler with a removable canning jar rack, a canning funnel, and jar-lifting tongs. You'll have to stock up on Mason jars, though.
Sure you could just buy a jar of jam at the store, but then you get all the preservatives, chemicals, and artificial flavors, too. Yuck.
Plus, there are bonuses for at-home canning:
- The jam makes great gifts.
- It's fun, damn it!
- You can preserve summer fruits you love to have year-round.
- It makes me nostalgic ... I remember my mom canning a ton when I was little.
- Ecstatic boyfriend.
Have you ever tried canning or preserving?