Putting the ‘can’ in ‘cantankerous’

It’s time to have a frank discussion about canning. As all of us north of the equator are feeling fall’s first vibes, visions of beautiful rows of preserved garden bounty are preoccupying anyone with a tomato plant and a mason jar. Who doesn’t love the idea of a pantry full of jams and jellies, pickles […]

Jam session

I’ve tried canning exactly once. It was back when we lived in Manhattan, and had a whiskey-barrel garden on the roof of our building. One year we ended up with a nice crop of red peppers, both hot and sweet, so I thought we’d try hot pepper jelly. We picked, we chopped, we processed. We […]