Sadly, this year, the answer so far is no.
With the exception of a brief paroxysm of cherries in June, my canning and preserving adventures have been dormant. I lay partial blame on the weather. Late rains and cool temperatures meant the Blenheim apricot crop was small this year and I didn't act quickly enough on the occasional, meager sightings at the FM. So no lovely 2010 apricot jam. Damn.
The lack of pickles and kraut and strawberry jam, however, can only be attributed to my busyness *collapse* laziness cycles and basic disorganization. I just never got around to it and now I feel the bitter burn of regret.
But wait. It's not too late! Right? It's still stone fruit season! And the San Marzano tomatoes haven't even arrived yet (those cool temps again.) And there's still months to go until it's all about applesauce and pear butter! Plus, it seems like it's always kraut time. So despite the love letters from Fall, it is still summer and the best of canning is still ahead. Reassured, I relax a little but not too much. There's work to be done!
How are things in your pantry? Did you manage to capture yourself some sunshine and put it in a jar?
(Images: Dana Velden)