I love our urban little city yard! It's small, no doubt, but that means it's easy to manage. Every summer we look forward to our cherry tree and our blueberry bushes! We get a good crop and are able to make a ton of stuff. Jam, sauce, and pie filling. This year was no exception!
Our cherry tree went nuts on us!
See what I mean?
This was just one of about 6 bowls that we picked. We would head out in the morning to do our picking. This lasted about a week. We always save some for the birds and the butterflies too.
Along with picking means pitting. Jason did this...you can tell by the hairy arms. He literally sat in the living room on a camping chair and did this at the table while watching The Tour de France. For hours. Many hours. I'd say at least six!
Then he would cook them up over the stove and make jam. We usually follow the recipe on the Ball pectin box. We like that one better than the Sure Jell. Or maybe it's just a habit. We have used that one and continue to use it year after year.
Then we get the water going for the jars.
I love seeing all of these jars. The jam in the back and in the front...pie filling!
Then the cherry sauce for ice cream. Jason made honey simple syrup and put the cherries in there. It is so good...I can't even begin to tell you!
We probably made enough pie filling for at least 4 pies. It'll be so nice to pull it out in the colder months and remember picking cherries on our 90 degree days!
We made about 4 batches of jam so we will have plenty for gifts. It's amazing!
At Christmas we'll bake homemade bread and give a loaf of that and some cherry jam to friends. It's such an easy thing to do and it all came from our tiny yard with the big cherry tree!
Have you canned before? If not, I really suggest trying it. It is very easy to do and if you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them or help you in any way I can!