I haven’t updated (or really even thought about) my 30 Before 30 list in a long time. Which is ridiculous. I love making lists. And the reason that I love making lists is so that I can cross things off my list (or at least put a check mark next to each item)(or fill in the bubble I drew while making said lists), and this is the month of checking things off my listssss (there are so many that the word deserves plural plurals). So, first up, my 30B30 goal of making my own jelly.
I’ve actually crossed this one off the list many times over…thanks to my bread maker.
Now, I’ve been trying to decide what type of joke I can throw in here for many minutes now (You should all know by now that I’m not one of those effortlessly funny people. I have to try. Sometimes pretty hard. Sometimes too hard.) but the truth is, this is seriously the easiest way to be Martha Stewart without putting in much effort at all, no joke. The most difficult part is shelling out the cash for nice jars in which to put this miraculously easy condiment. Grab some pectin, which Target conveniently places one shelf above, and that’s it.
Being an avid fan of all chick flicks, I take my jam lessons from Sweet Home Alabama and use fruit that has started to turn. Three-ish cups of fruit that I slice with varying levels of effort (cough laziness), one cup of sugar, some form of acid (I generally don’t have lemons, which the recipe calls for, so I use whatever I have on hand: grenadine, Kool-Aid liquid drink mix, etc.), and a roughly calculated amount of aforementioned pectin is all you need. Then hit the button and let the bread maker do the work. An hour later, poof, homemade deliciousness. I told you, couldn’t be easier.
However, being the terrible picture-taker that I am, I can’t find a picture of the first jams that I made (including strawberry jam and some orange marmalade [I know, right?!?]). So this is a picture of the apple butter that I made over the holidays, along with some of the other treats I made in the bread maker and in the oven. I let you decide what happened where. I also made some, if I do say so myself, delicious fig jam and some mixed fruit jelly, which I do not have pictures of either.
So I guess the moral of the story is I need to update my list crossing off more often, I make excellent jam, bread makers are awesome, and I need to take more pictures. Or at least I need to take pictures of the things I do and maybe stop taking so many pictures of my cats. But that’s a different moral all together…