And then I make only a few jars of this or that and they sit on the bench for us all to admire. Eventually they go downstairs on to the shelf known as "The Larder" (very grand title for the 20 or so jars that sit there!)
But one thing I struggled with was the labelling of the various jars. When I made my first few batches of jam - I was soooo proud of them (some were even edible) and I made these fantastical labels on the computer and printed them out and - well, it was just a wonder to behold!
After the initial thrill of seeing your own jam on the shelf wore off, I started making labels out of those sticky labels that you can just print on to. That was cool, but after a while, the thrill of that wore a bit thin also.
So I hand wrote on the labels.
But those labels are going to be some future archaeologist dream come true - they wont come off the jars - so she will be able to see exactly what I bottled, when and in what order as I started sticking the labels on top of one another.
I have been looking at a batch of Onion Marmalade for a few days now. I don't have any stickers left and was wondering how I was going to label them this time...
This works for me as if I pick them up with wet hands for some reason, the label is waterproof and the ink doesn't run and become unreadable. Its also really easy to get off - none of that soaking and scrubbing like you have do do for the original label!
Its basic - totally un-fancy, but it works for me! If you are making bulk stuff that gets transferred into other containers for serving (this would go into a small bowl on the table for a condiment with various meats) then it doesn't matter what the label looks like. If I want to know the ingredients, Id be better off looking at the recipe than writing out the ingredients over and over, cause I wont. I'll cut to the chase and leave some out in the interests of boredom. As for the date, after a year or so in storage - I find the exact date not to be a real necessity anyway... But then I'm not a super keen jam-erer...
Good luck! Happy labelling!
Green-ness: 5/5 to use a waste product for a new use!
Frugal-ness: 5/5 It was free!
Time cost: All of two minutes from whoa to go!
Skill level: If you can write your name - this shouldn't prove too much of a challenge!
Fun -ness: Anything quick and useful is fun!