Canning season has started here on the homestead; but, this year, it's rather a difficult year for me to have a few free hours so I can focus on putting up. Why? Well, the front porch farm stand, for one. With customers now coming daily on a sometimes hourly basis, I can't carve out two uninterrupted hours. Customers are a good thing; however, the first fruits of the season beckon and I am waaaay too tired to stay up too late. So, my solution? I started my own "homestead" jewelry collection. When I have strawberries (or whatever) simmering on the stove, I adorn my wrist with a canning ring. It's not that I am trying to start a new fashion (but maybe I will - ha!). Wearing a canning ring 'round my wrist reminds me that I have stuff on the stove in case I'm tied up for a time with farm stand customers. Funny, few customers even notice (guess they think it comes with my getup). But some do and I joke that my canning adornment reminds me that there's jam on the stove. All it takes is an extra long distraction and one has a case of serious burnt preserves. I can't have that on my hands now, can I?
So next time y'all stop by and see my new bling bangle, you'll know I'm putting up. Perhaps you'll even get a taste of my canning creations.
This week , I'll be putting up strawberries and apricots and if you like some fruit for your canning or eating efforts, stop by the Front Porch Farm Stand . (Open Sunday thru Friday 10 AM - 8 PM) The late cold snap and rains will make it a short season for fruits this season so stock up!
How to you prevent yourself from getting distracted from monitoring what's on the stove? Care to share?
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