Boxes full

Yesterday evening, I picked up three boxes of glass jars from a grateful lady in North Leeds. Since her husband had stopped driving, she had built up quite a collection in the garage and would undoubtedly have loved me to take the lot.

For better or worse, I couldn’t fit more than about half in the boot of my car. And there is nowhere for me to store those I’ve acquired, so they will have to live in the front room until I can create some space in the shed. Or the loft maybe?

In any case, my theory is that I won’t run out of glass jars any time soon. Which means there are no excuses not to preserve, preserve and preserve.

In turn, this meant that today I could pick the cooking apples and start turning them into blackberry curd (there is apple in the recipe). I find curd the easiest of all the preserves to make, although it is also the most expensive due to the eggs and butter it requires.

Fortunately, there is no lack of apples. Many are very small – presumably unfertilised – and the rest would probably have been bigger if I’d been more ruthless when thinning them out. Oh well, a lesson for next year, should the tree be similarly laden.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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16 Responses to Boxes full

  1. Over Soil says:

    I wonder if you have an excess jars and could put some on Freecycle? Nice to share and if you do food, as the wise words say, you are storing food in the stomach of your neighbour.

  2. Lavinia Ross says:

    It is a good apple year here, too!

  3. Carol Anne says:

    enjoy! Sounds nice! ❤

  4. Sounds like you have your work cut out for you, Helen!

  5. A good yummy use for all those apples!

  6. So you will be persevering with preserves

  7. Great collection of apples there . Have fun 🙂

  8. How wonderful to get your hands on all those jars! I’m excited for you, Helen.

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