The seasonal farmer’s markets have started back up, which means I’m driving Jeff only slightly insane.
You see, when I’m under a ton of stress — any kind of stress — I tend to turn to canning things or baking.
This week brought some family emergencies (things are better now) and a heavy work load. A work load I haven’t had in… forever it seems like!
But I somehow managed to put up a double batch of honey mustard and two and a half-ish batches of Vanilla Bean Apricot Jam. OH! And a batch of refrigerator pickles. Even after an exhausting Parkinson’s meeting day, I found myself coming up with an excuse to go to the Saturday farmer’s market… my friend Bekki needed groceries, so I picked her up and I just happened to buy another six pounds of apricots!
I don’t know why, but canning things helps me unwind. I don’t like to sit still, especially after a day where I’ve been chained to my desk. Canning usually involves a variety of activities for each recipe, but it’s become such second nature my body just flows through the motions. Even though our AC is barely working at the moment — the guy comes on Monday — I still put up with the steamy kitchen to put up more goodies.
My mom asked what I got myself with the amazon gift card she gave me for my birthday… she laughed when I told her I got more canning cookbooks just to have more recipes at hand. I definitely spent more than what the card was worth… but each and every book was worth it. It’s interesting how many canning “philosophies” there are.
And almost every book recommended Penzeys for spices… especially the pickling spice mix… I’ve already placed two orders and have a third list started. I can’t wait until my mustard seeds get here to make cherry mostarda — cherries hit the markets this week! Ooooohhh and Bourbon Brown Sugar Mustard??? YUM!
Now my garden just needs to hurry up and start producing things to can. I’m ready to make some zucchini & onion relish! Pretty soon I’m going to be buried in squash…
Even though canning helps me unwind after a stressful day, the best part is the reward at the end… the finished goodies. My last batch of the Vanilla Bean Apricot Jam… I made sure every little bit got into a jar! It’s literally pure gold — in color and value. There are *some* people who have to be bribed with a jar in order to get me a favor!