Almost every summer my mom and I spend a day making jam. It’s a lovely mother-daughter experience that consists of us cursing and swearing in Italian when we burn our fingers on the hot jam jars or because the lids aren’t sealing properly.
It’s good times.
But the jam makes wonderful, delicious Christmas gifts, so it’s all worth it in the end. Besides, cursing and swearing is how Italians have fun.
This year, as I was contemplating which kind to make – my favorite is peach, but the real crowd pleaser is blueberry – I came up with what I thought was a really cute idea.
What if we made small jars of red, white and blue jam? I am not the patriotic type, so I honestly have no idea where this came from, but it seemed àpropos, considering the situation.
Red and blue were easy – strawberry and, of course, blueberry. But what would make a clearish or cream-colored jam? Annoyed Army Wife gave me the answer when she mentioned that she had canned some white peach jam last year.
My mom found some 4-ounce jelly jars for us and we were off! Last night we the finished up by making the blueberry.
Now I need to come up with a clever way to “package” the three jams. We thought about getting different prints of red, white and blue material and cutting squares to cover the lids, but I’m not convinced that wouldn’t be overkill.
Besides, what I really need is something to put the jars in. Something red, white and blue, maybe? That’s going to be tough to find with all the fall items coming out now.
Anyone have any suggestions?
I have one:
If you’re going to make blueberry jam…
…don’t wear your favorite pair of shorts.