19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, July 28, 1914: Nothing much these days.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll share an old seasonal recipe for Spiced Blueberries. They make an excellent relish to serve with pork and other meats.
6 pints fresh blueberries
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons whole cloves
Combine blueberries, sugar, and vinegar in 5-quart pan. Put cloves in a cheesecloth bag and add to the mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for approximately 25 minutes, or until the liquid begins to jell.*
Remove cheesecloth bag, and ladle into hot pint jars, filling to 1/8 inch of jar top. Wipe jar rim, and adjust lids. Process in boiling water bath for 15 minutes.
Makes approximately 4 pints.
*The Portland Preserve website has a nice description of how to tell when the jellying point has been reached.