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Making Jam

by Tara

Since today was our day off, I decided to make some jam with an unfortunate batch of fruit: two mealy oranges and three mushy, tasteless prune plums.

First I peeled the oranges (roughly, with a knife) and chopped them into pieces along with the plums. I put the whole mess into a saucepan (there weren't very many seeds, but I picked out a few) and poured what sugar we had left over the fruit (I'm guessing about a quarter or a half a cup? A little more would have been nice, but we make do with what we've got). I added half a lemon's worth of juice, a tiny sprinkling of cinnamon, and a dash of salt.

Making Jam

I lit up our WhisperLite and set the pan on top; as the fruit cooked down I stirred it often so it wouldn't burn. That's really all there was to it! Of course the pan slid off the burner and I lost half of the fruit, but it still made plenty of yummy jam. The bees loved it too :-)

Making Jam

While I was cooking I got to admire the views from our deserted campsite…

Campsite Beach Campsite View

…and listen to this bug-eyed kitten that has been wandering around meowing up a storm.

Bug Eyed Kitty

Tyler spent most of the afternoon working on our bikes. He replaced our front brakes and mounted new front wheels with the spares we've been carrying (this, unfortunately, required a lot of fussing with the fenders). We now have Marthon XRs all around! Hopefully they are as good as everyone says they are and we never have to deal with a flat again (it can't hurt to hope!).