So I started off the evening after a trip to Sprouts (At least I got a deal on those Alba face wipes!) and bought a ton of produce.
Not sure what I am going to do with it…but it doesn’t taste bitter like I thought it would be. And it looks like there are some layers in there. Any ideas with what to do with this? It is a tiny amount though. :(
And I started getting my jam on when...
....I realized that I forgot to sterilize my jars!
My previous knowledge: I'm not sure if I was wrong to do this but I didn't sterilize any of my Kerr jars after I bought them...When I opened them, the lids popped like they had been sealed and I guess I assumed that they were sterile. Probably not good to assume.
-->Phew: Just googled it and at least Ball jars are sterile. Check out this cool experiment. So I assume that the Kerr ones are too if they are sealed when I buy them.
So I have been desperately needing lids and I live within walking distance of a Walmart. I went for the second time today and they were still out of lids..So I decided to buy the Walmart pint jars for about $7.00 for 12. BUT THEY COME WITH THE LIDS OFF. Meaning I have to sterilize them. And I have never sterilized any jars before AND MY JAM WAS ALMOST DONE. AHHHH.
This is when the trouble began.
So I googled sterilizing jars to find out the exact times and such on this website The National Center for Food Preservation. Sounds like a qualified website to me. Now here was my problem. I should have acknowledged that I wasn't going to sterilize the jars in time. And that I was making such a tiny batch, I didn't need to really can it anyway. I should at least taste some of my own jam before I store it or give it to someone.
So I overcooked my jam and when I was doing my spoon test, I noticed that the tip of the spoon was kind of a rusty color.
At first I thought that I was getting peels on the end that I had missed cutting off. And then I realized, it was burning or the sugar was caramelizing to make my beautiful lovely jam turn brown..which ever, it was unexpected. OH NOOO.
Do I turned off the heat and poured whatever I made into a tupperware:
When I last looked at it in the refrigerator, it seemed syrupy. I don't really want to look at it. I am too sad. I guess I will find out tomorrow.
After that, I decided to freeze my grapes:
I just washed them and popped them off of their vine and put them on a cookie tray/pizza tray in the freezer so that they freeze individually before I throw them into a freezer bag.
Yum. Well I am glad that my frozen grapes didn't go awry!
I'm not really sure what that utensil above is called. Anyone know?