Sunday, August 16, 2009

UtHC Virtual Jam Swap '09

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Calling all jam enthusiasts!

This fall, Under the High Chair is hosting its very first virtual jam swap and quite possibly the first event of this kind in the blogosphere! Come October, this will be the place to show off your home preserves and showcase how you captured summer in a jar.

Your last name doesn't have to be Smucker or Smith to contribute to the event; most of us are amateurs in the ancient art of home canning. Don't be shy! The goal is to inspire and be inspired.

No, we're not going to actually swap real jars of jam, as in mailing them all over creation. Somehow that just doesn't seem practical, frugal or even responsible in this day and age. Nope, no real jam, but if you will follow the simple steps to participate, I will provide the platform to bring us together to swap recipes and ideas.
(My husband is urging me to include that should a few of you expressly wish to bless us with a jar of jam here and there over the summer, we certainly won't turn them down. Ahem, our shipping address can be provided with a simple request.) ;)

Here's how to participate:

Step 1: Can it. Literally. Make your jam, jelly, fruit butter, marmalade or what ever you are inspired to create. Have fun and pay attention! Do NOT try to Tweet while home canning.

Step 2: Photograph and blog about your preserves. If you don't have a blog, don't worry, but do snap a photo to include with your submission. Do this anytime over the summer, but preferably before October 31. Include this post as a link in you blog post and feel free to grab one of our adorable badges designed by Jess Spring to decorate you post or sidebar.

Step 3: Send me an email aimee(dot)c(dot)bourque(at)gmail(dot)com with Jam Swap as the subject line containing the following info:
-your name
-your blog's name and url
-the name of your jam
-a link to your jam blog post with jam recipe*
-a photo of your jam

Step 4: (optional) Help spread the word! Twitter this event, write about it on your blog or discuss it over afternoon tea with friends. Thank you!

*(Please note that your submission should be for a jam recipe, not just a recipe that includes jam! Thanks.)

That's it!
The Under the High Chair Jam Swap '09 roundup will be posted in early November, a more specific date will be confirmed later in the summer. Questions? Comments? Speak up in the comments section below or drop me an email.

I can't wait to hear everyone's stories and see the creations from your kitchens.

Good luck and Happy Canning!


Cris said...

What a great idea! I just found your blog today and I have your pita bread recipe in the oven!

Emily said...

This sounds like a fun time! I wish I could participate.

It took a bit to catch up on your posts. The beef blogging is a good idea. Man, did that steak look good. Mmm red wine butter.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Sounds like fun Amy. I should reserrect the canning jars.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This sounds great! I'm going to hopefully participate. I'm thinking apple jelly sounds delicious...yum!

A. said...

Does salsa count???

Aimée said...

Hi Cris- Welcome to UtHC! I wanted to make those pitas yesterday, but it's way too hot to bake.

Hi Emily- Why can't you?? Come on, make some jam!

Hi Val- Hope you do, you're probably an seasoned pro!

Hi Nanny- Perfect. Apple jelly would be beautiful.

Hi Andrea- Well, technically, no. But you can make jam, I know you can!

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