Sunday, September 11, 2005

Canned

cannedfruit
No, I didn't lose my job, although I did get shuffled into another department last week and got my fourth boss in three months -- perhaps more on that later. We've been attempting our first foray into canning fruit this week, and the collection is growing. Canned fruit isn't perceived as very cool, but I'm convinced that it could have a comeback. This spring I was playing around with business ideas for gourmet canned fruits, since we live in a freakin' orchard and there seems to be tons of potential.

We learned the basics and did some experimenting with interesting combinations: peaches and cherries, pears and blueberries, peaches and plums, and the most gourmet of the bunch -- peaches and cherries in white merlot wine. So we'll see how they turn out. It's very labour-intensive work, but when you get free fruit and see how nice it will be to have a stash of goodies like this...quite rewarding.

4 comments:

evan said...

I can tomato/veggie juice each summer (well kind of - I did as a kid, and last year I convinced my mom to help teach me how to do it). Veggies are a lot easier because the high acid content in tomoatoes mean less obsessive fear of botulism.

Heather said...

Actually, I think canning is the coolest thing EVER. It's on my list of "Things to Learn from Grandma", along with knitting, crocheting, and how to look beautiful at 75.

Jeremy said...

Heather, canning as the coolest thing ever? Now I know you're mocking me.

Jeremy said...

Evan, I laughed along with your disclaimer about the intervening 20 years when you didn't can, but thought of yourself as a canner. A local friend asked me this summer if we canned, and I enthusiastically nodded and dove right into the conversation...then realized that I've canned nothing in the past decades. I've commissioned some from my mom over the years, but it's mostly a childhood memory.