preserves at home
22, 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 a 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 extremly 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 recipies.
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. Some practice will make the process easier, but there's
a few things you can note even before you start.
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 peserving 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 recipy, 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 recipy 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 Secondbest 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 (vannilla, canel, herbs etc)
apples carefully for 5 minutes, stire regularly, do not allow too much
and spices, and boil/stire for 5 more minutes.
minute before canning
should rest until they get cold (temperated).
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
your cooking skills
preserves is an interesting way of building your cooking skills, at least
it might be more appealing to most than just studying. Cooking is all about
experience, so I think learning from your own cooking activity is way better
than reading books. If you have no cooking skills at all you will need
to make 54 preserves (58.5 hours) to become fully skilled. This is some
more hours than if you should study for 10th level, but you will earn more
than §1.800 when canning preserves. It
normally takes 65 minutes to preserve a set of 6 jars.
catch is that you will get exhausted unless you give it time. Besides it
is a rather lonely business, meaning if you are very outgoing you will
need more time to reach the top level. Also you should make sure the room
score is high to keep you focused on the job. I think this kind of business
is perfect for you if you are active and shy. Remember this is physical
work, and you will need to be happy and relaxed before you start in order
to get something from it. Testing has proven that one's energy level has
nothing to say as long as the all over mood is fine. This means it is easy
to forget time, and several of our TestSims collapsed at the canning bench.
like 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
The preserves will naturaly be better the more experienced you are, and
if you already have studied cooking, that will help on the quality of your
preserves. It might even take a little more time to build your cooking
skills from preserving instead of studying, basically because you will
also need to clean the bench and move away your products inbetween each
set of jars.
But there is one clear advantage
from making preserves; you will get extra Simoleans adding nicely to your
household budget. Do not expect a lot money in the start, but that will
gain as you learn the techniques, and of course it will depend on how many
preserves you can make during a day. The market will pay you §60 per
set of jars if you deliver brilliant preserves, it is not a problem to
earn §300 on a good day. If you are still learning the art of preserving,
you will normally get paid §6 multiplied with your cooking skills,
for example if your cooking skills are at level 5 you will earn §30
per set. Note that you will earn less when selling preserves which made
your skills ump one level, beacause you improved your technique that set
of preserves might be less successful, 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.
photo show me preserving apples from my garden.
photo shows a couple TestSims checking the Boggs Home Canning Center.