Dear Diary, I never make preserves, and rarely eat them. Our house seems to like plain things like mustard pickles and strawberry jam. There, however is always jars of this and that open and around. Our sister in law has caught on to us and says she is not giving us anymore chutney. We smile, as the family joke goes, with relief.
However I do find them beautiful. Photogenic, they are. Once I remember a woman making a ery beautiful rug of preserve jars in a pattern of nine jars. They also serve as inspiration.