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JL's Bibliomania

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While my first love was SF, I read widely in YA, urban fantasy, police procedurals,  middle-grade, and non-fiction. 

 

 

 

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Just Jammin'

A little over 10 years ago, my husband and I decided that we didn't like HFCS (high fructose corn syrup).  Not because we think it is worse for your health than other forms of sugar, but mostly because it was an easy indicator for highly processed foods that we wanted to eat in moderation.  Being graduate students, the jams we preferred were rough on the budget and we had access to a farm market.  So we started making our own jam haven't looked back since.

 

The local Farmer's markets opened last weekend.  And while we still have a few weeks before the fruit starts, it was time for the yearly jam inventory.  (Especially as we are planning to go to our first food swap next weekend). 

 

Because it amuses me, here is the current inventory:

 

Inventory Date: 5/9/2014    
Flavor Year Size (oz) # Total jars per flavor Total oz per flavor
Apricot 2011 8 2 4 40
Apricot 2011 12 1    
Apricot all-fruit Commercial 12 1    
Beach Plum 2008 16 1 10 144
Beach Plum 2010 12 2    
Beach Plum 2012 12 2    
Beach Plum 2012 16 5    
Blackberry  2011 8 1 8 88
Blackberry  2011 12 1    
Blackberry  2012 8 1    
Blackberry  2012 12 5    
Blueberry 2011 16 2 8 124
Blueberry 2012 16 1    
Blueberry 2013 12 1    
Blueberry 2013 16 4    
Cherry  2012 12 1 5 72
Cherry  2012 16 3    
Cherry Spice 2007 12 1    
Marmalade 2003 16 1 13 208
Marmalade 2009 16 12    
Peach 2010 16 2 8 120
Peach, White 2012 8 1    
Peach, White 2012 16 3    
Peach 2012 16 2    
Peach 2013 8 2    
Peach 2013 16 5    
Red Rasberry 2009 8 4 4 32
Strawberry 2011 16 3 9 132
Strawberry 2012 8 1    
Strawberry 2012 12 1    
Strawberry 2012 16 2    
Strawberry 2013 16 2    
Burbon Peach 2013 4 1 1 4
Hot Pepper Commercial 8 1 1 8
Total     78   972

 

While the advice from the food safety people is to eat most home-canned products within 1 year, you'll notice that we have some older vintages still on the shelves. High sugar jam is surprisingly stable and rarely "lies" about whether it has gone bad. In all of our years of making jam, we've only had 1 jar that we thought had sealed and put on the shelf go moldy.   Our typical rule of thumb is 2 years old or less, can be gifted to friends and family, older than that doesn't leave our house.

 

And yes, we still have one jar from our first batch of marmalade in 2003 aging.  I'll let hubby be the guinea pig when we open that one.