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?
An article from The Kitchn on ways to gussy-up your jars of jams and preserves with vintage hankies, pages from old catalogs and crocheted hot pads.
Here's a post I put up in 2009 for The Kitchn at Apartment Therapy on what to do if the fruit for your jam project is ripe and ready to go, but you just can't get it together for a full-on jam fest.