Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Just Peachy

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Williams

Hey Mrs. K. and Mrs. G.,

A few weekends ago I got a "sweet" tutorial on how to make peach jam from my friend Donna.  She grew up making jam with her mom (which totally makes her an expert in my eyes).  I, on the other hand, grew up buying jam in the grocery store, so I was very intrigued and excited to learn how to make some of my own.  

Before I arrived at Donna's house I picked up a bunch of peaches from our local farmer's market, a five pound bag of sugar, a case of 8 oz. jam jars, and some boxes of Sure Jell.  Aside from gathering the ingredients/supplies, I also washed the jars to prepare for the big jam jam.

When I arrived at Donna's she had the whole kitchen set up for jam making - so fun!  

The first order of business was peeling and smashing the peaches - lots of them.  

Then, the smashed peaches went into a large saucepan.

Before we started heating up the peaches, we added lemon juice and cinnamon (the secret ingredient?).

Sure Jell went into the mixture as well.

Once heating up on the stove, there was a lot of stirring.  (Oh, and we added a little bit of butter to cut down on the foam that usually forms on the top of the jam mixture).

Five cups of sugar went into the boiling jam mixture, too.

Before I knew it, it was time to pour the jam into the jars.  As you can tell by this picture, my aim was a little off.  (I guess I'm not a natural.)

The melted wax went on top of the jam to seal it off.  Since I already burnt my finger once, Donna did this (my hero!).

After a little bit, the wax began to harden.

And then...they were all done.  So cute and peachy!

Once I got home, I thought the jams would make a nice hostess gift for all the people we were planning to visit in Ohio.  So, I picked up some cute coffee mugs and paired them with the jam.

Then, I just wrapped them up and tied them with a bow.
These days I'm enjoying some peach jam on my toast each morning.  I'm not sure what I enjoy more, its awesome taste or the sweet memory of Donna teaching me how to make jam in the most patient and kind way.  Thanks Donna - it's delicious!

Gotta Jam - 

Note from Mrs. Kelly:  Oh Mrs. W., you know your signoff made my heart flutter.  Hah!  I want the recipe.  Those look awesome (nice skills Donna)!  Did you sample?

Note from Mrs. Gosling:  Some of my favorite things - fruit, cellophane (weird, I know) mass packaging and good friends.  Nice job ladies! 

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