JAM LESSON NUMBER #2: If you are someone who can buckle down and adhere to a recipe's exact measurements and instructions, then jam making is a pretty straight-forward, fail-safe venture. 8 1/2 pint jars can be whipped out in under 2 hours, no prob. I actually did manage to make that happen a couple of times.
JAM LESSON NUMBER #3 (and the most important lesson): If you have enough wherewithal, you can actually FIX your jam experiments gone awry--and IT ACTUALLY WORKS! Yes, you will have to invest another hour and a half or so, doing jam penance, but once you are done, your jam sins will be forgiven and all will jell (jubilation ensues). So, I am here to share my tried and VIABLE jam recipes. If you can follow the recipe, I believe I have taken all the need for jam penance and cussing under your breath out from the recipes. Here's what I got for you:
A simple but delish raspberry jam recipe: DOWNLOAD RASPBERRY JAM RECIPE
And my fave--a raspberry-jalapeno jam recipe: DOWNLOAD MOST AWESOME RASPBERRY JALAPENO JAM RECIPE
And most importantly, the cure for runny, disobedient jam: DOWNLOAD RUNNY JAM CURE
But what can you do with all that raspberry or raspberry jalapeno jam?, you ask. Well, let me just suggest a few ideas (depending upon if you are in the mood for a little sweet and savory heat in your food or not, you can use the jams interchangeably in the suggestions below):
- Warm some brie, spoon the jam on top, sprinkle with toasted slivered almonds, and serve with crostini
- Spread a little on a slice of flourless chocolate cake (or unfrosted brownies), serve with a dollop of whipped cream
- Mix a 1/3 cup of the jam with 2 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar and use as a glaze on chicken or pork
- Mix it with some minced garlic, a little salt, pepper, thin slightly with some cider vinegar and toss with chicken wings (you will want to roast the wings to near doneness--then apply this glaze toward the tail end so as to avoid too much crunchy blackening)
- Make a grilled cheese with some wholegrain bread and sharp white cheddar and add a little layer of the jam
- Make a sandwich with turkey, arugula, Jarlsberg cheese, and spread a little jam on the baguette
- Spoon it over cheesecake
- Serve with panko crusted shrimp
- And the easiest, dump it on a block of cream cheese and serve with some whole grain crackers
I will be back with future adventures in jam making, as I plan to make a mad run at blubarb, apricot, and pepper yet...but in the meantime, may all your jams jell and your canning jars seal.