My daughter called me from college day before yesterday. When I answered she asked me what I was doing
When I told her I was making apple Jelly, she told me they sell that at kroger.
Let's take a step back to about 1975. I remember shelling peas and snapping string beans until well after my thumbs hurt and thinking to myself... they sell this stuff at Big Star, what are my parents thinking.
Well in the early 80's when I stepped out into this big world with a little more Independence I began to see the error of my thinking. Canned cream corn... well frankly folks it's just gross. It doesn't taste like anything but sugar and doesn't have much "corn" to it at all. Canned green beans... mushy.
I don't know exactly when I decided to let my mom in on my thoughts on the subject of "making my own". I know it was a tough thing for me to admit to myself the first time that my mom knew best.
This summer alone I put up corn, squash, bell peppers, made two kinds of jelly, apply and, Muscadine and Scuppernong (mixed), I baked apple pies with apples I picked off the tree and put up fig preserves. I also still have stuff in my freezer from previous years and plum jelly I did last summer as well.
It's not about saving money, it's about two things.
1- It just tastes better. Lots better
2. Family tradition. I am carrying on a family tradition pasted down from my parents, who learned from their parents and so on.
My dad also taught my brother and me how to make lye soap. We made it in an iron kettle over an open fire in the yard and poured it up in cardboard boxes to harden and then cut it up into bars. Now I don't really recommend using this soap for anything other than washing your hands when they are really really dirty, but it was a fantastic experience that I wouldn't trade for anything.
So kroger can keep their apple jelly... I made my own. And yup it even might have cost me more than the jar at kroger if you facture in the time I have invested, but that's okay.
What traditions did you learn from your parents and want to teach to your children?