Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Saskatoon Jelly Old School!
Morning everyone, hope this finds you having a good week and surviving the heat. We finally have some lovely warm weather here but I know that some of you are still suffering from the heat wave.
The warm weather here combined with all the rain we had earlier in the summer has resulted in a bumper crop of wild Saskatoon berries in the woods around us. For those who aren't familiar with that particular berry, it is kind of like a seedy blueberry and the taste is sort of a cross between a blueberry and a blackberry. You can munch on them right off the bush but they are a little seedy so I prefer to make jelly from them. It is sooo good and a treat you don't often get around here because our usual dry, hot summers result in dried up Saskatoons come August. But this year we had a bonanza of Saskatoon's so I picked a couple of pails of them and whipped up a batch of jelly.
The 'old school' part of this story comes in the form of the vintage straining colander pictured above. It was a gift and I love it! Cook up your berries, pour them into the colander and squish away with the wooden pestle. Works like a charm and it is so easy to use. Sometimes the old ways are the best! I ended up with 7 half pint jars of jelly from our berries and we will hoard and savor them over the coming year!
I also just finished up a sign for a gal and will be delivering it to her later today.
She didn't want it to look too 'new' so I distressed it and aged it with some stain. I hope she likes it, I am quite pleased with the way it turned out. The stencil is one by Folk Art From The Harbor, I love the font!
Well I should sign off for now and get ready to head to town. Have a great week,