For the first time in recent memory I think we are actually going to exhaust our jam and jelly supply. We have already run out of tomatoes and applesauce. The fruit sauces are almost gone and there is not a jar tomato sauce to be found.
My pantry has been almost completely exhausted of all home canned items. My freezer is getting low too! The food challenge has certainly made me turn to my pantry first when cooking…and now my low supplies are proof or our changed eating habits!
I have a feeling I will be spending some of my summer locked in my kitchen churning out batches and batches of jelly.
The following is from a post I wrote two summers ago in the midst of making grape jelly. I had to smile as I read it because this time of year I would love to be processing jelly…Sounds like back then I might have been a tad tired of the whole thing!
“The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday…but never jam today.”
Lewis Carroll Through the Looking-Glass
That is exactly how I feel this time of year! Yesterday I made jam. Tomorrow I will make jam. But is there time today to enjoy a piece of toast with jam? Certainly not, I’ve got too much jam to make!
These are the grapes we picked last night…I’m guessing when I add them to the blackberries I should get at least a dozen batches of jam. Yes I will be chained to the stove all day and well into this evening!
This winter I’ll sit down next to the woodstove with my warm piece of toast and homemade jam and remember why I do this every year.
But for today I’ve gotta wonder…
So how is your pantry holding up through the Food Challenge? Do you have anything left in your freezer from last year’s harvest?