The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
So a mercy dash to the plot in the pouring rain. What for?
To get the vinegar. Of course!
So we’d been using the vinegar as a weed spray but it had a more pressing use at home.
Allotments are a great source of fruit. And when it comes, it comes in abundance.
Last year when the blackcurrants were ready from our single bush, I made 27 jars of jam.
There’s none yet.
But the process is off putting. First the picking took an hour. Then picking off the bits and pieces and cleaning the fruit. The actually jam cooking is relatively short and sweet.
And if you need 27 good jars that can be another stage that takes time.
We save our jars. It’s a great recycling initiative. There’s three boxes stored in the bottom of a big pantry cupboard. Often we get donations too.
So last week in a dull moment I climbed into the jam jar store. First I sorted out the honey jars. All cute with lids featuring bees of course.
Then I started on the not-so-honey jars. We have a theory that if a jar looses it’s label in the wash and has a good metal lid it’s worth having. Other jars should be heading for the glass recycle.
The theory works until you need 27 jars.
Then it goes out the window. </
Time for the vinegar.
Taking labels off jam jars is messy, dull and time consuming. So we soak them in water and add some vinegar. The labels slide right off.
We commonly have red and black currants, strawberries, brambles and tonnes of raspberries.
There’s also apples, pears, choke berries, plums (maybe) and rhubarb to think about later.
So my suggestion is when it’s raining and there’s nothing else that can be done, I get the jars sorted.
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