Bottling Fruit

Through February’s hot sticky
weather Mum preserved ripened
fruit off our elderly plum peach
apple nectarine trees made jam
with sunny heat beating down on
wide open windows she peeled and
cut fruit, packed it into preserving
jars poured in boiling syrup
screwed down sealing lids placed
jars in the preserving pan poured
in boiling water to heat the jars
until their sealing lids popped.

Mum was not in a good mood
when we came home from school.

A week or so later Dad would
arrive home mornings with cases
of fruit at rock bottom prices
from a mate at the city markets.
Prices at rock bottom because
the soft fruit was about to rot.
Mum had to peel cut preserve
fruit fast before it rotted.

She did try getting us to peel,
cut fruit but we were slow, got
in the way in our little kitchen.

Oooops !  No go !

We stayed away until it was done.

Bottling Fruit

8 thoughts on “Bottling Fruit

  1. Last year I made my own cherry jam for the first time…T’he problem is I have 20 left from about 40 …and my two trees will be at it again in June. In your poem did your mom bring out the jam every occasion she could? Did you use them up yearly? Did she give them away as presents? I even gave two of them to the young people that do surveys. 2 to a man going for votes…about 5 to my brother…see what I mean? When I planted my two pear trees my brother said I’d regret it…but I still have a few years before they will bare fruit …so I’m safe for the moment. loved your poem…made me laugh.

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    1. Thank you. I don’t remember what she did with what was still left but she did bring it out on every possible occasion. she also make puddings that had layer of jam in them In those days pudding was part of the evening meal. not frowns on like it is today. Over the years those trees which were ancient already when my parents bought that property were cut down as they produced less and less fruit, and it was always in a really bad state.

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      1. actually I made my first batch last summer…The first couple of years when the cherries came I froze them and then one year the freezer broke and all my work went into the compost. So the next year I dried them .Or so I thought so. But they got mold …so they too went into the compost…so last year with daughter out of house ..and can’t eat sugar…I made my first batch. I had a cookbook out the whole time ..was terrified I’d kill half of Minnesota with E-coli or samonella …Luckily for me it didn’t happen. It was more for me to find a way to deal with all the cherries. Ta!

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