The cherries have been piling up in my freezer. I’m not making enough pies, obviously, but you know, I’d just eat them if I did and there would be more room in the freezer and less in my clothes. When I noticed one of the packages had 2006 written on it, I knew it was time to take action. Cherry jam action.
Making jam is even more suspenseful than typical canning. Not only do you wait for the pings, you cross your fingers that things will set up. I followed the directions with care – wow, 6 cups of sugar to 4 cups of cherries! It is fun watching it mix in – it goes from a solid to a soup in about 45 seconds as the sugar draws the juice out of the cherries.
And then we have the most dangerous thing in the kitchen – hot syrup. All of it got into the jars and not on me, and at the end of a long afternoon I had a tower of rubies. And today, I can report that it seemed to set up very well.
My Bohus hat is making me happy, too. I subbed in a couple of colors from Forest Darkness in order to do the complete design repeat – I only had yarn from the wristers extras that I’d received from Susanna for doing some knitting for her. That dark olive was not completely settling in when I had just added it, but now that it is balanced by more of the dark teal, it is adding a little jazz without stubbing your eye.
P.S. I got around to publishing this a day after I wrote it, and yes, the hat is done. Pictures to come…