Jam In The Wintertime

strawberry jam I am a member of a federally recognized Native American Reservation in Northwest Washington. On the reservation is a residential school for youth. The students get to direct their experiences and have recently asked to have a canning class to make use of all the blackberries that have taken over the woods near the school. Talk about local and community-driven! The students want to use the jam in the wintertime when berries are just a memory in the gray and rain that make up our landscape. I am happy to help make things happen for them and share the process of putting summer in a jar.

CAA Contributor Diana Bob cans in Bellingham, WA.

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    I remember the days when we used to get home-canned goodies at grandma’s house. There really is no comparison to what we buy in the stores. I’m curious as to why this is a dying art. Of course, I do realize that the fast-paced society of today has changed the way we do things, but to lose the ability would be a crisis. So hopefully, more people will grow a few things or go pick a few berries and have a go at canning. We must keep this art alive. Who knows, the future just might require this ability for survival. Thanks for the info.

    Smart kids.