Saturday, December 27, 2014

Winter Jams

This is the time of year we're really hitting the jam cupboard.    During the holidays, mostly I use the jams with cheese.    With the wide variety of frozen fruit available in the grocery stores, you can probably make one of these pretty easily. [You can use canned fruit, too!]

Here are some of our favorites.

Chocolate Jams are great over ice cream, pound cake, yogurt, cheese cake, brownies, etc.  

Marmalades are fabulous over all of the above, plus as a meat glaze - ham, chicken, pork chops.  Put some in a crockpot with some of those frozen meatballs for a fabulous appetizer.  Here is everything you need to know about making marmalade   Now is citrus season, so you've got a great excuse to try something new, like blood oranges!

Pears are still easy to find and this  Pear Ginger Jam is to die for.   You can make it with either fresh pears that you cook until soft or canned pears.   

This jam is great on yogurt!  Or, try it with a cheese plate.  I love it with manchego or brie.   Mmmmm.

Savory jams are lovely with cheese trays.   I love this Onion Bacon Garlic Jam with sliced apples or pears and gouda.  [Or swiss,  or manchego,  or a fresh mozzarella...]  Don't skimp on the bacon.  Add as much as you want.

All those jams are fabulous, but my all time favorite is this Peach Chutney.  I eat it on apples and pears.  On meat. On sandwiches.  With a spoon, by itself.  On cream cheese.  On any other cheese, especially brie.

In a baked brie - To. Die. For.  And it's easy.  Pour jam on a brie. Wrap the brie in a puff pastry and bake on 475 until golden.  Serve warm.

Note:  Most any jam is good in a baked brie:  Raspberry, Apricot, Cherry, Marmalade, etc...

I hope I've inspired you to make a little jam this holiday season.  Let me know if you try some.  Have a wonderful week!

For more jam recipes as easy as these, check out my ebook on the sidebar.  A Simple Jar of Jam: 180+ recipes & variations for jam using low sugar pectin.  Every purchase goes a long way toward supporting the blog.   Thank you!


  1. Your jam book is awesome! It's indispensable for my occasion forays into jam making (I forget everything in between so it's great to have your ebook as a gorgeous reference). Thanks for reminding me I can make pear jam. We got some very hard pears from our neighbor and a jam would be a perfect way to use them.

    1. One of the things I love about pear jam is that you can cook the heck out of hard pears and make the best jam with them. Pears aren't very delicate that way.

  2. Sorry I missed sending Christmas greetings, I've been the bad kind of busy over at Mom's in the Land Of No Computing. Very Best Wishes for the Very Best New Year!

    1. Happy Holidays, Kitten! I hope you and your mom have a fabulous year ... and that it includes a lot of jam!


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