Last year, being my first attempt at canning, I made an arrogant and foolish error. After spending countless hours pouring through canning books and finding the perfect recipes to make from the bountiful harvest from our first garden, I didn’t think there was any way I would forget all the lovely treats I had made…
But as the months (ok, more like days) went by, I realized that I couldn’t remember exactly what was in every jar. Oh, some were obvious like the mint jelly or grape juice. Suddenly the mango chutney and the apricot chutney looked exactly alike, as did the blackberry syrup and the blueberry syrup. Which salsa was good and spicy and which tasted like chunky ketchup? I made several different kinds of pickles, some we loved and some we didn’t. Now I realized I had NO IDEA which recipe I had used or which of the dozens of books I had gotten it from! AHHH!
Being the crafty girl that I am, I didn’t panic (well, not too much) but went to my clip art files and MS Word, bought some sticky labels and designed my own canning labels. No more guessing or wondering, just cute, stylish and well-documented jars this year! :o)
my first canning of the year