How Canning Fruit Supports My Writing

Geri Spieler
3 min readFeb 21, 2022

I found the perfect antidote to writer burnout

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We’ve all learned how certain practices support others. Such a taking a walk can help us work out a problem or vacuuming the carpet encourages the resolution for a dilemma.

For me it is hard labor of picking fruit and canning that helps to sort out my mental challenges. However, it is more physically demanding than I’d like, but, I planted the fruit trees, so I have no excuse to complain.

I also have chickens just for the eggs, let me be clear. And, in case you didn’t know, keeping chickens in a suburban environment is not maintenance free. Unlike a farm where the chickens can run and find shelter away from a predator, neighborhood chickens are trapped inside their run.

So, I have built what I call “Chicken Alcatraz” out of hardware cloth (very strong ¼” gauge wire) to keep raccoons and hawks out.

“I’ve always felt that sexuality is a really slippery thing. In this day and age, it tends to get categorized and labeled, and I think labels are for food. Canned food.” Michael Stipe

Unlike the fruit trees when I feel the need to take a break, I can go outside and pick up a chicken for a snuggle. It works well and feels good.

But, back to the fruit trees. I really should not complain when my Blenheim Apricot tree is giving me an abundance of fruit and, I can’t stand for the fruit to go to waste. So, I’m out there in the hot sun collecting fruit for canning.

The canning process

“Water bath canning” is not difficult, but you do need to adhere to the rules to avoid any contamination as well as to ensure a secure vacuum seal to keep it from spoiling. Other than that, it’s just the labor that can be tough.

The process is easy to follow for making Apricot jam:

· Heat water to boiling in a large pot and place glass canning jars with lids and bands inside.

· While the jars are being heated, prepare 5 cups of apricots by removing the pits and cut into small pieces. Leave the skin on.

· Place fruit into a heavy-duty pot with ¼ cup of lemon juice and heat through.

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Geri Spieler

Award-winning writer, master researcher, journalist, former Gartner analyst, non-fiction author. Reach me at gspieler@gmail.com