Suspending summer in a jar

August 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Summer seems to be the season we all want to prolong the most. When I used to live in Boston you would never hear me saying I wished winter would last longer. We’re still in the midst of summer, but the signs are there we’re heading into its last days. School is back in session. Days are getting a little shorter and nights a little crisper. The gardens & trees are slightly less lush & green than they were just a few weeks ago.

The seasons still march on whether we like it or not, but there is one way to keep a bit of summer throughout the rest of the year. Preserving. We can capture its vivid colors and flavors and simply suspend them in a jar. Whenever the days seem just a little too cold, dull and barren we can resort to the little bit of summer we’ve stashed away in the pantry. Bright strawberry preserves spread on a warm slice of toast will set us right again. We can pull out a sun-kissed golden can of peaches to nibble on.

Preserving came about out of necessity but I think it was equally born from a desire to hold onto the things we love a little bit longer. I look forward to having a bit of summer stowed away in our pantry after this week. It will make it seem a little easier to say goodbye to my favorite season until next year.


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