Over the past year I’ve been experimenting with home made jams and jellies. This is after many years of store bought. Even though I’ve received jars of jam as gifts from other people, I somehow never considered (until now) doing it myself.
I’m delighted, not only with the results, but discovering that a small batch doesn’t take all day, the directions are fairly simple, people love home made and there are lots of interesting recipes to try.
So far, I’ve had yummy success with five that are sweet and two that are savory (meaning don’t try them on a peanut butter sandwich!)
The sweets are an Orange Rosemary Jelly, an Apple Thyme Jelly, an Apricot Pineapple Marmalade, a Balsamic Strawberry Jam and a Basil Jelly. The three jellies call for fresh herbs. I have a rosemary plant in my yard that grows all year, so I can make the Orange Rosemary any time. Fresh thyme and basil are seasonal and now done for the year, so I’ll have to wait.
The other two are Tomato Jam and Red Onion with Herbs Jelly – definitely different, but good. The tomato is excellent on meat sandwiches and I’m still experimenting with the onion. Maybe I’ll mix it with barbecue sauce and brush it on the last few minutes.
I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Your friend in the kitchen,
Jams and jellies make great gifts as well as treats for the family. So I’m stocking up