January 09, 2010
Its Saturday evening and I am standing over my biggest stockpot. The apricots are bubbling, hissing and frothing furiously. The stone fruit is starting to sag and collapse, but no matter how far it reduces there's no doubting that there is going to be a sizable quantity of puree. Loads of apricot jam.
Mr Hoppo Bumpo has been surveying the situation from afar. I think I have detected an air of approval. The sort that might come, say, with thinking that making jam at home was saving us money.
Come closer. Lean in. I need to ask you something, but its imperative that Mr Hoppo Bumpo doesn't get wind of what we're talking about.
Is it just me or is the whole handmade/homegrown thing not always that economical?
For example, a cost comparison of a recent batch of homemade sauce resulted in parity with supermarket brands. Hmmpph. All that effort without a saving.
But worse, a look around reveals potential losses. The sums show that my meagre tomato crop has worked out at approximately $143.60 per kilogram. And that homemade cards cost about $37.20 each. Let's not even think about the clothes I have been sewing.
Its becoming evident that I need to find some kind of easy, well-paid employment to fund my homemade/homegrown drive ... and keep the pretence of making a saving.
I'll tell Mr Hoppo Bumpo its money for jam.
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