I LOVE blueberries. I use them in everything. I make smoothies out of them. I put them in yogurt. I even put them in a jar of water and drink it throughout the day. So, you would think that I would actually go blueberry picking--especially since there is a place nearby that lets you pick for free (you pick double and give them half, but still, monetarily free). But no, I have to go to the farmer's market and spend a fortune to buy enough blueberries to get us through the winter. Jeepers, I'm silly.
In any case, I canned up another batch of blueberry butter yesterday. Got six half pint jars this time. (Last time we made 10 half cup jars--which are great for gifts). I am planning to make one last batch tonight and will be done with the canning of the blueberries. We also froze 8 quart bags of blueberries to get through winter. I hope that's enough...cuz I can't buy anymore and the picking season is quickly coming to an end.
On Labeling of Jars.
I always label my canning jars. That's one thing I am pretty good about. Unfortunately, I am not so good about labeling my frozen goods. I'm always sure I'll remember what it is I've frozen, cuz I don't cook and freeze that much stuff...but I'm wrong and I end up playing the guessing game.
Anyway, on labeling: I am pretty simple, I usually just label the tops of the jars with a sharpie marker with the item and the date. It helps me in a few ways. One, I know what the product is. Two, I know when I should not eat it any longer. Three, I have marked the lid, so I know it's a used lid when inevitably it ends up in the drawer with the box of fresh new lids that has spilled open. Four, I hate to label jars with stickers on the actual glass jar. I have so many jars that are contaminated with sticky goo I can't get off and I don't feel comfortable using them to can something I am going to keep on a shelf for a year or more--I'm afraid some of that goo will get inside my jars when I boil them before filling them.
Of course, on the flip side: when you label the side of the jars, you can see what's in it when it's still on the shelf (if you keep the labels facing out). I have to tilt the jar to see the top where I've labeled it. I'm sure there is some easy way to clean of sticky sticker goo, but I just set the jars aside with the goo on them and hope somehow they clean themselves from in the closet where I store them. Besides, there is no shortage of jars going on...maybe when there's a shortage, I'll start cleaning goo.
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