SHOOT ME NOW!!
It's Wednesday afternoon - Thanksgiving 2022 is tomorrow and we are having T-day dinner at a friends house this year. Our contribution is to bring cranberry "products" because well... you know, my DH is FAMOUS for his fabulous, fresh relish. I will make the cooked berries and also have 2 cans of cranberry jelly (the ones with the rings) because they were requested. 3 flavors of cranberries - go figure.
There are pounds of berries in my fridge (9 pounds at last count) and as usual we started with 3 lbs but my worry wort DH made several trips for more bags; just in case. I swear there's something about t-day berries that is jinxed and this year it's my turn.
I made a lovely large pot of sauce with grated orange, cinnamon sticks and ginger using 4 lbs of the precious berries, tediously washed and cooked to perfection. I had a plan to take pictures of the cook and then the jarred result for a goofy idea for a culinary themed holiday card.
After the molten berries cooled a bit I prepared to move the jam to containers. Some will be taken to dinner tomorrow, others frozen and some given away. Berries are messy - they are sticky and stain anything they touch so I figured I'd put the heavy pan in the sink and spoon the containers full there - the sink is easy to clean - no fuss, no mess and no danger of red stains on hard to clean surfaces.
Right. Good plan. Except we have a new puppy who is constantly underfoot and I have size 11 feet; it's a bad combo. I pick up the heavy pot of HOT sauce and prepared to move a few feet to the sink. Just then the puppy shoots through the kitchen and I trip. The pan drops, the hot sauce spills and splatters, and the four letter words arrive. DH comes running.
The dog is unhurt but there are quarts of sticky red staining sauce on my floor, my clothes, the walls and just now I HATE holidays. There is warm cranberry sauce in my left shoe.
Proof that the dog lives still and is not scalded:
My thoughtful DH has helped with clean up and is trying to make me feel better about all this.
He has suggested that "it's probably just as well, after all.. the fresh relish is really all
that will be needed and any picky or uninitiated (in to the joys of his awesome relish) folks can eat the canned stuff, but now that half the berries are gone we might want to pop out to the store and get a few more bags... just in case; we wouldn't want anyone to be disappointed or to not have enough for everyone to have seconds or thirds. You wouldn't want them to have to scrimp on berries" WE must have MORE berries!!!!!
Tonight he makes the FAMOUS fresh relish and I will be drinking. I might start now.