Ten years ago almost to this very day I wrote a post on my blog which was untitled but included the words…..JAM MAMA……
“You should have seen small Grace
diving into the warm cup of jam
that I set out on the table,
with a loaf of soft white bread from the bakery.
She tore of big chunks of bread
and dipped the majority of it down
into the bright red jam. . . .
there is just nothing like that warm, strawberry taste
. . . .it’s heavenly.
She called me ‘jam-mama’.”
July 12, 2008
Ten years have come and gone……
Grace is 18 now and was at work (as a cashier downtown at the grocery store) yesterday when I walked up the road to “see if there were any raspberries left”. I determined to really look and really pick every single good enough berry I could find. This involved lots of bending over and looking underneath the tangle of vines and briars and taking my merry ol’ sweet time.
I eventually came home with 6 cups.
Incidentally, these berries grow on the side of the road, free for the foraging! I already have a gallon of them frozen in our chest freezer in the pantry. Once they ripen, we have to go back every couple of days to pick some more until they are finally all done. They are productive!
We have a small patch of wild raspberries over by the chicken coop, too, which the chickens love to jump up and eat off the cane. Then they lay us the most lovely eggs out of appreciation.
The black-cap raspberries grow on the bank by our drive way and under the dead pine tree at the bottom of the yard by the pond.
I always pick clean but you never know what little creatures may have taken a ride home with the berries. So I dumped them out to look through them.
I put them in a pan and simmered them until they released all their juice. I strained out the seeds, measured the juice (2 cups) and added them back to the pan with the same amount of sugar (2 cups). Brought to a rolling boil for 3 minutes and then beaten with the mixer for another 3 minutes. Done! So easy, so satisfying.
I was given the recipe by my very own jam mama, Cindy.
Jacob said the jelly would taste good on “that cake you made the other day” and Ethan suggested some other baked good and I said “How about homemade biscuits?” And he said YES PLEASE.
I made a double batch of biscuits and we all ate them up right away with the homemade jelly on top.
Everywhere I looked there were children grabbing another and another biscuit, slathering it with butter and jelly, and walking away with it………
This morning my feet are sticking to the carpet and the floor.