Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
Make this jam with a pressure cooker plus two ingredients. It's dark, tangy, sweet and intoxicatingly floral. These are strawberries in a classic little black dress, not sequins and feather boas.
I have fallen in love with the simple way to preserve figs, which I learned at my weekly markets in Certaldo. I serve them with Gorgonzola cheese and use them often in savory dishes, but are naturally sweet.