Saturday, April 28, 2012

All Jammed Up



What was I doing since my last post? Making jams, all kinds of it: strawberries, black mulberries, even chilli jam. I was picking berries for the jams, then cleaning it, cooking it, then canning it... See for yourself...





Strawberry jam


Black mulberry jam, and strawberry jam


Black mulberry jam




Chilli-quince jam


Chilli jam was an unexpected creation. A good friend gave me about two liters (1/2 gallons) of frozen quince juice. When I boiled it and tasted to decide what to do with it, this jam came right up to my mind. Quince juice's tartness that was complimented by the kick from the chilli pepper, enhanced by added sugar. The taste was superb: I tried it on my sandwich, with a chicken, and in a salad dressing. I also had it plain with a tea. We loved it so much that it's almost gone. 


Chilli-quince jam


Have a cup of mint tea with a jam and come back for recipes.


Mint tea with lemon




See you,
Marina

47 comments:

  1. Holy cow...I am LOVING the sound of the chile-quince jam - YUM!!

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    1. I am loving the taste of chilli-quince jam! :) Yum it is!

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  2. Wow it all looks amazing! I want to come help you taste-test :)

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    1. Always welcome Averie! I would be happy to have taste-tester in my kitchen (I can't do everything on my own, right?!) :)

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  3. MMMM absolutely love strawberry jam. My all-time fave. I also love muscadine jam.

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    1. Do they sell the muscadine jam? I don't think I've tried it.

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  4. It's always so nice to make jam when fruit comes in season! I used to make a pepper jelly that was hot...and sweet! I loved it on tuna sandwiches! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks Dianne! Yes, when fruits are in season they have the taste and aroma of the season... Would you share the recipe for your pepper jelly? I'd like to try... :)

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  5. wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. what a delicious jams you got there, you really have been busy girl. those jams remains me the once my mother-i-law makes, she an expert on it, mmmm yummi yummi, You shopuld send a couple of jar to Costa rica, they are going to be well apreiated, I sure you that. jajajajajaja. I will take a good gla or a cup of that great mint tea you have there.
    Hugs my dear.

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  6. I'm intrigued by your beautiful chilli and quince jam! :o

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    1. Thanks Lorraine. It came as absolutely spontaneous idea but was tasty. Now I need to remember the recipe to make it again (when quince is in season).

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  7. What a lucky family to have you making jam; I am impressed...chili jam sounds wonderful.
    Rita

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    1. I use to make many preserves but lately with moving around so much I am less productive...:)

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  8. wow you have been busy look forward to the recipes

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  9. I love chili jam and always have a jar in the fridge. I can't wait for jam season to arrive down under! Your jams look so good.

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    1. Do you make your chilli jam? I am hooked up now on this sweet yet spicy condiment.

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  10. I make chilli jam too but have never considered chilli and quince - sounds like a lovely creation.

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    1. Let me know if you try it. Is quince in season where you live?

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  11. These are great and they must taste great too! What's better than homemade jam?! Have a lovely Sunday X

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    1. Well, I haven't tried anything better than homemade jam, that's for sure! :)

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  12. I think homemade jam tastes AMAZING! I love it so much more than store bought. :)

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    1. I do to Shannon, and everyone in my family too. They are spoiled! :)

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  13. I also am intrigued by the chili jam! I have never had quince, so I have no clue what it might taste like! I love making homemade jam though ... so fun and delicious!

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    1. Quince is in season sometime in late September-October, ask for it in the store and try. I love it!

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  14. Sweet deliciousness!! I love homemade jams! Yours look absolutely yummy! Love the photos :)

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  15. What a lovely array of jams...and beautiful photos!

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    1. Thank you Lizzy. I hope to catch a little breath between the berries season: blueberries will be ready to pick in a month or so.

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  16. Isn't it the best feeling in the world to look back over your creations after canning? I am inspired! Just lovely.

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    1. Thank you Lyndsay! You have it right: I look at my canning creations with a pride... :)

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  17. I just picked up strawberries yesterday.... big strawberry area here and they are fantastic. It's the only berry we get locally.... Need jam!

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    1. Making jam is fun, go for it Katie! Thanks for visiting me here... :)

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  18. I love jam! I can't wait till the local fruit comes into season here! I love the assortment you have made! Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you Serena! The assortment is down to two as a chilli-quince jam was eaten in three days! :)

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  19. What a wonderful selection of jams. I envy you every single of those jams, especially this quince and chilli one. In my wildest dreams I could not imagine something like that, but this is sooo fascinating that I wish I could have tried at least a small tablespoon of this delicacy :-)

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    1. Thank you Joanna! Yes, it was a delicacy and it was gone in three days...:) When quince is in season I will make it again.

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  20. You sure have been busy, very creative with the chili-quince jam, love the color.

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    1. Thank you Norma! It's amazing how it came all together, I am still surprised, and there's no chilli-quince jam left...

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  21. One day, I really need to try and make some jam, since I LOVE it!! Your strwaberry jam looks realy good.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda! I am glad you like it. Thanks for visiting me here...:)

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  22. I hereby christen thee Queen Jam :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Awww, you are so sweet! Thank you! Cheers to you too! :)

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  23. Ive never even had quince juice but you sure made amazing work with it - LOVE all this jelly and jam!

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    1. Thanks Averie! Tart quince and spicy chilly with sweet strawberries made this jam one of the favorites: I made it to order for one person she loved it so much! Now I need to wait for a quince season to begin to make some more... :)

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  24. Thanks Averie! Tart quince and spicy chilly with sweet strawberries made this jam one of the favorites: I made it to order for one person she loved it so much! Now I need to wait for a quince season to begin to make some more... :)

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