Saturday, June 22, 2013
It is Saturday evening and the jars of strawberry jam are lined up in neat rows across the kitchen island. Four quarts of berries from this morning's jam session yielded over 25 half pint jars of freezer jam. The jam "cures" at room temperature for 24 hours before it is frozen so tonight the jam is on display in the kitchen.
I staged some jam photos for the blog using new bowls that I found at K-Mart in Bad Axe yesterday. The red ramekins, filled with fresh strawberries, accent the Ball glass canning jars. Leftover jam, which we ate for breakfast, is displayed in white square serving dish, also from K-Mart. The boxy white bowl breaks up the circles of the jars and lids. A nice touch.
I did the math. Each jar of jam is about $1.50. That's not bad for something from the kitchen that should make it through several breakfast sessions. Suppose that each jar could spread 15 pieces of toast. Well, 25 jars would make 375 slices of luscious red coated toast. That's a lot of toast!
Toast is another subject for a blog post on good food. Toast, just the smell of it, is one of life's great pleasures. As are strawberries and jam jars, lined up in neat rows tonight on the kitchen counter.
Wanda Hayes Eichler