12 June 2010

Of compost and canning

As soon as I woke up this morning, I drove to Fairmount Recycling Center to pick up a bucket of compost. Although I have a worm bin, the little fellas are still working on eating through my grub. So, I decided to take advantage of the free compost offered to Philly locals. I couldn't wait to get home to heap piles onto my containers. The compost was rich and crumbly, though I was dismayed when a triple-A battery fell out of one of my piles. I hope that doesn't mean that the whole batch is contaminated with horrible chemicals. Philly's litter is pretty out of control, so I shouldn't be surprised that the available compost comprised more than just organic materials.

After gardening for a bit, I biked over to a canning class taught by Marisa of Food in Jars, an inspiring and informative blog about the world of canning. It was a fun class, and everyone went home with a 1/2-pint jar of glorious strawberry jam. I'm excited to give canning a try on my own. But I'm even more excited to bust open that jar and spread its contents on freshly-baked bread.

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