Preserving the season's bounty in a whirlwind jamming session is one of our very favorite things to do. Pots, pans, and jars crowd every available surface; bundles of ripe fruits and veggies stand at the ready; our hair is tied back; and our aprons are tied on.
But before we hull our first strawberry or rinse our first blueberry, we like to set the mood with some tunes. Something easygoing, but lively enough to keep the energy up while we're simmering, stirring, and straining.
Our ideal playlist starts with '80s mod band The Jam. I mean, really, how could they not make an appearance on a soundtrack for jamming, right?
We stay in the '80s with songs from The Smiths, The Cure, and The Stone Roses, then we take a hop into the Brit-pop craze of the '90s with Oasis, Blur, and Supergrass.
Our time travel continues as we cruise into the aughts with a pair of peppy songs from Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura. Finally, we wind our way down with Radiohead, Kasabian, and Tame Impala. Their grooves are almost as fuzzy as the peaches you're jamming.
May your jams taste as sweet as the sound of these tunes streaming through your speakers.
What do you like to listen to while you make jam? Tell us in the comments!