The very first time I made jam, I found myself in a bit of a … pickle. In hot water. Frankly, I found myself in a bit of a jam.
I was 18 or 20 years old and had gone out to pick all the strawberries for my first batch of jam. So on a Saturday morning, with the sounds of the Father’s Day airshow overhead, I made my first batch of jam. I crashed and burned. My jam was a mess. It was wayyyyy too thin and runny. I figured my Certo had expired, so I added a new box of Certo. Then my strawberry jam ended up being as hard as a rock. How hard? If I’d had a really good jeweller nearby I probably could have had them place it in a nice 3 prong Tiffany setting and worn it on my finger. The Strawberry Ruby is one of the lesser known gems.
So … how did I deal with my jam, jam? I did what any jam maker would do. I called the Certo emergency hotline. The fine folks on the other end of the phone line, who I imagined were wearing gingham pinafores and button up boots, talked me through the fix. In the end, I had myself some perfect jam after several hours, 2 mistakes and one phone call.
This is how things were back in the olden days when the only information available on the Internet was Real Estate listings and porn.
Now of course if you run into a problem with just about anything, you can search the Internet and have it solved in a few moments.
I love the Internet. I make my living because of the Internet, but being the Laura Ingalls kindda gal that I am, I like books. I like the sound of the pages flipping and the feel of the hard, smooth covers. I like how they look all lined up in a bookshelf or stacked on a coffee table, just waiting to be opened. There’s something warm and personal and satisfying about a book that the Internet or a Kindle will never be able to duplicate.
So it was my absolute and complete pleasure to give away the entire Homemade Living book series from Ashley English. Just looking at these books makes me happy. I’m sure the winner of this series will feel the exact same way. So on behalf of myself and Ashley English …
Email me at email@example.com to claim your prize pve!
And just so you know … Page 58 of the Canning & Preserving book. That’s where you’ll find troubleshooting tips for Jam including what to do … if your jam is too runny. Another *shockingly good* giveaway coming up in the near future.