I decided that it was time to check another thing off of my 2020 goals list and taught myself how to can last weekend. I learned that it is not nearly as hard as I thought it would be and not nearly as scary. It happens to be very easy and the final result was tasty jam and jelly.
I decided to start with a free product. So, I picked the dandelions in my front yard and made the number one thing that I see pop up this time of year on the facebook homesteading blogs I follow, dandelion jelly. The final product was a delicious jelly that tastes a lot like honey. I will probably never make it again. It’s very labor intensive because the dandelions have to be picked and then the petals pulled off. It took a very long time. It did give me a valuable learning experience though. I was able to teach myself, without the fear of ruining perfectly good food, like strawberries.
Dandelion jelly. I know that the rings are rusty, I bought new ones.
Yesterday, I went to a coworkers house and picked rhubarb that she was giving away. I decided that would provide another valuable learning experience without much of a financial investment. This was very easy jam to make, as it took a fraction of the time the dandelion took. That includes that commute time halfway across Milwaukee and back for the rhubarb. The result is delicious. I hear it tastes great with cheese, I can’t wait to find out.
With strawberry season coming up, I plan on making a big batch of strawberry jam. At that point, I should be ready to preserve that garden bounty. Fingers crossed that we have a better garden season this year than we did last year. Have you acquired new skills or hobbies during your time at home?