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?
I can, though where I live it's called 'bottling'. I am a photographer, jam maker and shopkeeper, following and living the seasons through ingredients. A well stocked pantry is a glorious thing.
Gather rosehips for free and make them into syrup for a delicious cordial... or itching powder!
The best way to take control of a glut is to stay calm, cool and collected. Fill some jars with a delicious plum compote and you'll be so grateful you did, later in the year.
It is time to preserve that glut of tomatoes. So long as you pay attention to acidity, you'll be just fine.