preserves at home
24, 2002 - by Johanna Grumblin
keeping an old Simmish tradition alive, home made preserves make the perfect
gift. As a girl I watched my grandmother make preserves, just like she
used to watch her grandmother. And I learned some secrets.
now an grown up woman myself, and because I have no grandchild to pass
my knowledge on to, I want to share it all with you. I recently built my
own lovely apple tree garden, a great source for peace and recreation -
and of course for delicious apples. This Autumn gave an extremely good
harvest, which naturally inspired me to start preserving, just like Sims
have done for generations. I bought a canning centre, the needed equipment
and looked up my Grandmother's old recipes.
quite easy to get started, all you need is a stove, a pan, some jars and
the apples, all of which comes with the recommended Boggs Home Canning
Center (§815) that are available in the SimNation catalogues. In addition
you will need a knife and a dipper which you will find in your kitchen,
but if you plan to make preserves often, or if you place the canning bench
far away from your kitchen, you might prefer to get a separate set of kitchen
tools for your canning bench. It's a good opportunity to buy some brand
new stuff for your kitchen, and use the old items for your canning centre!
preserves do include hard physical work, and in the start you might find
it a bit difficult. The preserves will naturally be better the more experienced
you are, and if you already have studied cooking that will help on the
quality of your preserves.
practice will make the process easier, but there's a few things you can
note even before you get started.
way of storing fruit
heard of Sims boiling the apples far too much, forgetting to lock the jars
while the jam is warm, or even not having enough apples to fill the set
of 6 jars. Another misunderstanding is that you can preserve red apples
basics about preserving, is a way to store the fruit for a much longer
time than if it was not preserved. When you buy jam in the store there's
always an expiring date, meaning the product ought to be consumed within
a certain date. When you buy an apple, it will be fine for a couple weeks.
If you slice it it will become brown within minutes. When preserving we
make sure the apples can be stored for months, just like the jam you buy
in the store. The difference is that your product will be a lot healthier
than the jam you get in a regular store, because you will add nothing but
sugar. So, it's important that you do this the right way, or your preserves
will be wasted after only a few weeks.
thing that is needed to make an apple rotten, is air - or oxygen to be
exact. If you do not fill up the jars with apple jam, there will be room
for air in the glasses together with the apples. The less jam, the more
air. If you fill the jar properly, there will be no air, and the heating
process will press any remaining oxygen out of the glass. I'll not go further
into details, but you see there is a reason why the can must be full. If
you have less apples than needed you should rather try to skip 1 or 2 jars
than to allow air in all 6.
I must be honest, I will not give out my very best secret recipe, but the
second best. I do sell the jam to the market, so a few of my secrets must
remain secrets. But the second best recipe is also a very good one, and
I guarantee your preserves will be very much appreciated gifts!
jam is made of apples and sugar. As simple as that. The secret is how you
treat the apples, and how much sugar you add at what point. In addition
you can use spices to add a personal taste. In general the jam will be
better the less sugar you add, but as the sugar helps on the preserving
process, this is a matter of for how long you want to store the jars.
Grumblin's Grandmother's Second best Jam:
use all kinds of apples, although some apples are better suited. Personally
I prefer Delicious Red Mini or Green Sim Delight. Note that you can use
damaged apples too. If you have an apple tree garden, apples that you find
on the ground are great for preserving, just cut away real bad parts before
of green apples
with your secret mix of spices (vanilla, cannel, herbs etc.)
apples carefully for 5 minutes, stir regularly, do not allow too much heat
and spices, and boil/stir for 5 more minutes.
minute before canning
should rest until they get cold (temperate).
can be stored in your inventory or sold at the local market.
more you boil the apples, the less fruit pieces in your jam, besides it's
easier to burn it all. If you burn or boil too much the natural taste will
get ruined. And what townie would appreciate burnt apple preserves for
normally takes 65 minutes to preserve a set of 6 jars. Unfortunately you
will not be interested in eating the jam yourself, but the response from
your friends and customers will tell you how well you succeeded.
to give my preserves as small gifts to neighbours and townies. But I also
make some for the local market. Very soon I will also sell them from my
new restaurant. Everyone can start their own home business canning preserves,
the extra earnings will add nicely to your household budget.
you are fully skilled (cooking level 10) you will earn §10 per jar,
meaning preserving 4 sets of 6 jars daily, will bring in about §240.
If you are not yet that well skilled, you will earn less, but as skills
will improve as you preserve, it shouldn't take more than a week to reach
the max. price. On a good day it should be possible to earn at least §300.
If you want to know how much your produce will be worth, you will normally
get paid §1 multiplied with your skill level, per jar (§6 per
set). For example if your cooking skills are at level 5 you will normally
earn §30 per set, which is still a nice extra income.
Note that you will earn less
from selling preserves which made your skills jump one level, because the
first preserves when using a new technique often give less quality, but
that will pay back later on. Personally I recommend you to add those new
technique preserves to your inventory instead of selling them, because
the earning might be very little and they can still make nice gifts.
your own canning business at home is a nice way of combining a quiet life
at home with enough income for keeping up with bills and food costs. The
catch is that it is a rather lonely business. I think this kind of business
is perfect for you if you are active and shy.
photo show me preserving apples from my garden.
photo shows a couple TestSims checking the Boggs Home Canning Center.