I don't really care for kiwifruit.
It's too acidic. It hurts my tongue. For that matter, I don't really care for pineapple either, but what do I know? However, what I do love are jams and preserves. Mmmm! Nothing beats a warm piece of buttered toast with homemade jam. C'mon. Give me a break, that's soooo good!
A few days ago, Phil brought home an entire gigantic boxful of kiwifruit that he gathered from around the orchard. It's a big box. I can't lift it; but that's not saying much either. We all know it, I'm puny when it comes to lifting. Either way, it IS a ton of kiwifruit that we wouldn't be able to consume any time soon.
The way I see it, there's only one solution:
Homemade jam. Yummy, gooey, tart, and sweet... homemade jam.
I set off peeling a small mountain of kiwifruit armed with determination and a small, not-the-sharpest hand knife. As I stood there, peeling 3 lbs of kiwifruit, I learned a few things...
1. Not all kiwifruit are equal. Some are harder to peel than others. Some, in fact, were very very hard. Whether they were on the vine too long or not ripe enough, I'm not sure. I'm no kiwifruit expert, but I was certain I would lose a finger at some point.
Rest assured. I have all my digits intact.
2. Peeling 3 lbs of kiwifruit is not as fun or romantic as you might imagine. Sure it seemed like a genius idea at the time, but after awhile of tearing away at the kiwifruit mini-mountain and you see little progress you might begin to get disheartened. But, I prevailed with sheer determination (or madness) and made it through. It took ages, I won't lie.
3.Did I mention that kiwifruit are very acidic? Kiwifruit can work as a meat tenderizer. It also worked very well tenderizing my hands. I'm still not sure whether this was a good or bad thing.
Sure, there are easier ways of acquiring jam for your pantry, like the local grocery store for instance, but if you are willing to go the extra mile making your own cannot be beat!!
It turned out pretty good! Amazing in fact. I love this jam. I don't think this will stick around long, and after that I will just have to make some more. Believe me, it's worth it.