The beauty of summer is that is that we realize it is finite, and so we appreciate each moment it gives us. In a time when we often embrace the bigger and better and newer, summer is the time of year we want nothing more than to continue traditions and preserve the past.
What if I were to tell you that there was a way to put up fruit without refined sugar? Without Splenda? With only fruit juice? When I learned how to make refined-sugar-free jam, it was one of the best things I've tried in a while. I was hooked.
Canning celebrates the abundance of your local food shed. If you don't grow your own food, you might go to your neighborhood farm market, roadside stand or co-op to buy what you need to jam, preserve or pickle.
Farmers markets around the country are screaming with color right now yet many still demur at the prospect of making their own fruit preserves. Market devotees deserve to know they've been unnecessarily intimidated.