Growing a garden is very rewarding and can help you gain personal liberty. This idea is explored in more detail in a prior article called liberty-garden. It is wonderful to experience fruits and vegetables ripened on the plant, picked moments before they are needed. It is also useful to have food available when needed and not when harvested. One great way to preserve some of our harvest is by jamming!

Here is a picture of our first real grape harvest of the year.


We had smaller harvests, that could easily be consumed in one day, but this harvest is large enough that it would expire before it could be eaten by us and our neighbors1 unless we preserved some for later. The grape harvest shown above was perfect for one batch of grape jam. I used a variation on the recipe show here. The grapes were Flame grapes, a remarkably productive Vitis vinifera cultivar. Flame grapes are pipless (seedless). Jamming with them is simpler and much more fun without the pip related hassles. Without pips, it is simpler to control the cooking of the jam so it retains the greatest natural flavor.

I like things that reusable and robust. When making jam I use Luminarc jam jars. They are far simpler to use, do not need constant replacement parts and are more durable than other jam jars. I can not find them locally, but Amazon has them here. The following is a picture of three of the seven jars of jam made this batch.


While it is a true pleasure to eat these grapes now as jam as well as from the table, it will be especially nice this winter when the summer garden is only a memory. I also enjoy sharing the jam with friends and neighbors. I hope there is never a time when I must survive a winter eating summer jam, but if that time comes the experience and skill will be especially valuable.

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  1. The neighbors politely accept a few things here and there.