Saturday, October 13, 2012

Orange Basil Garlic Glaze

So,  yesterday we started talking about glazes.   Remember?

Today I want to talk about another option you have when you're making glazes.  It's the plain juice vs. juice concentrate option. 

You can make fabulous glazes with regular old fruit juice or with concentrated fruit juice - like the frozen stuff.

Which means, you can use it straight out of the frozen juice can.   I don't think it gets much easier than that.  In fact, the hardest part of the whole process is opening those frozen juice cans in the first place.

I just don't think you should have to use pliers to get to your juice, is all I'm saying.

When you use concentrate, the flavor is much more intense.  That's a good thing.   This recipe has plenty of sugar and herbs to compensate for the extra kapow of concentrated orange flavor. 

A note about the garlic and basil.   They're really really good in jam this way.   In fact, you can add a bit of ginger, too for a totally knock your socks off glaze for chicken.

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Orange Garlic Basil Glaze
  • 2 cups orange juice or orange juice concentrate
  • 2 Tablespoons Ball Low Sugar pectin [optional – use if you want jam instead of a syrupy glaze]
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced in half long ways 
  • 1 cup basil leaves or sprigs. 
  • 1 inch ginger root, sliced [optional]
  • 3 cups sugar
Combine juice, pectin [if making jam] and herbs in pot. Bring to boil. Boil one minute. Add sugar. Return to boil. Boil one minute. Remove herbs. Ladle into jars.


  1. I think our basil bit the dust for the year so I'll keep this in mind for next year. Love all 3 ingredients!

  2. Robin, how long would this keep in the refrigerator? And can you "can" it to have it shelf stable? It sounds delicious!

    1. Hi Janice! Yes, you can can it just like jam. I do. It'll also keep for a looong time in the fridge. Yum!


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