AN EMERGING PET PEEVE OF MINE
If I have heard this once, I have heard it a thousand times — “Sweetening jars are notoriously slow.” No, not if you know what you’re doing.
Once again, I am here to set this shit straight. It all depends on what is in the jar and how you work the jar that determines the speed at which it manifests.
Many people like to use honey or molasses in a jar. Well, honey and molasses are gawd-awful slow. The Rule of Thumb is this: if when pouring the sweetening substance from one container to another, it moves fast, like white sugar or a thin syrup, then it will work quickly. If it is thick and sluggish, like honey and molasses, then it will work slowly.
Also, many folks just make the jar and let it sit without working it or will, once a week, burn a candle on it. If speed is what you are after, then you can shake a jar to agitate the situation, or you can place it in a pan of water and heat it on the stove, or place it in a sunny window to heat it up, all of which will intensify and speed up the work.
Now, don’t get me wrong, fire is the element of aggression and action and candles/lamps do that best, but they also don’t allow for the subtly that some situations require, and that is where I think sweetening jars excel. As with all works, it is important to consider the approach and technique. They make all of the difference.
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