Oh my heavens, I discovered an old post a few days ago and realized that last year I did write and publish some resolutions for the new year.
I could barely bring myself to read them, sure that I had probably failed on
all most of them. Then tonight I finally looked at them and decided that I did pretty good. Good on some, not so good on others, but pretty good overall.
One of the resolutions was to use up all the produce from the garden and not leave any hanging on the vine to be zapped by the inevitable killing frost.
I’m pretty proud of how I did on this one, especially how I used up my grapes.
As the bunches of grapes ripened in late August, I had sort of hoped that the birds would get to them before I did because there were so many of them. But they didn’t, so I picked big bunches of grapes and made my first ever batch of grape jam.
My, was it good! I surprised myself with how good it was.
In a way, the jam was a happy accident. As I was squeezing all the pulp out of the grapes, I realized the recipe called for five pounds of grapes. Five pounds? How do you figure out how much is “five pounds” when you don’t have a kitchen scales?
Do you know what I did? Yes, that’s exactly what I did. I weighed myself holding an empty bowl. Then I weighed myself with grapes in the bowl, adding more grapes until I was five pounds heavier.
Close enough! It worked. The jam was delicious and a good consistency. I’ve had some on my toast every morning since I made it and just finished the last jar of it a few days ago.
I hope now I am rewarded with more grapes this year so I can make some more jam. And this time the jam will be even better because I’ve got some new kitchen scales to use to figure out how much is five pounds.
Now what else to do with those scales? I know! I can weigh my big tomatoes so I can accurately brag about just how big they really are!
Anyone want to join me in a little friendly competition to see who can grow the ‘Biggest Tomato of 2008’? I thought I’d ask now so when you buy your tomato seeds, you can get a variety or two that might produce a really big tomato, big enough to try to beat me.