I'm rather anxiously following weather.com. Word is, it's going to rain on Saturday. I got rained out the last time I did the farmers market (and I think I might be referring to that from time to time and probably fairly frequently as "FM"). It's troubling when a good deal of my merchandise is baked goods, and therefore perishable. A fair amount of it -- like the snackbreads -- stays pretty fresh for several days if I keep it in the fridge, but my fridge only holds so much. . . .
Right now I'm working up a batch of mint jelly. I have a healthy 4-year-old patch of spearmint so it seemed only natural I make jelly from it, since all I've ever done with it previously is put it in iced tea.
The kitchen smelled great while I was pulling all these leaves from their stems.
Then I chopped up several pounds of Granny Smiths (did you know apples are the base of mint jelly?), tossed 'em in with the mint and brewed up this mush:
and began to strain out the juices. Slowly. Very very slowly. I've got a bit over 3 cups' worth of juice right now and it's been dripping for 2-3 hours. I'm supposed to reap about 5 cups of juice for the jelly.
I don't have a lot of patience. As they say, stay tuned.