Following the conclusion of my Adventures in Homesteading series last month, I got a wonderful email from reader Clarissa. I wanted to share it with you this morning, particularly following Lori’s awesome write-up of Bountiful Baskets on Monday.
I read your blog every day and love it! I loved your April posts about urban homesteading! I have never canned before, but I decided that with the price of strawberries and the empty jars waiting to be filled in my garage, I had to do it. I have a pretty tight food budget, but I decided to splurge for my birthday. I like to learn something new for each birthday. This year it was canning!
I bought the strawberries from Bountiful Baskets as an add on to my regular basket. I know some people don’t like that the produce isn’t local, but I don’t mind and it really helps our family eat lots of produce. I paid $11 for 8 lbs or $1.38/lb. I had everything else on hand except for the pectin, so I picked that up at Bed Bath and Beyond (per your directions) for $6.
Making the jam was pretty terrifying at first, but once I got into the ease of things, it turned out to be really fun! I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe and she broke it down step by step. It was a long process, but now I have jam coming out of my ears and I know I will feel the rewards every time I open a new jar, or give one as a gift. So after the strawberries and pectin I ended up with 17 jars of jam, more than my family will ever eat in a year! I figured the cost per jar was about $1, of corse I had most of the supplies including jars that I had saved from a friends wedding (she used them as candle holders).
Just thought I would let you know about my experience and how much I love your blog and all that you do! Keep up the good work! 🙂
Classica, can I say I might just have to borrow your idea of learning something new for each birthday? What a fabulous idea! Second, I love how this venture ended being both rewarding and cost-effective. Thank you for taking time out to email me your story.
If you tried something new as a result of the homesteading series, I’d love to know about it. Email me at angela @ thecouponproject dot com. I love highlighting the awesome ways you are all working to save your families money!