All about Jam

Jam is one of the most comforting foods that can transport us back to our fondest memories of summer. It’s a simple yet luxurious delight that can add a little bit of sunshine to our lives. It’s an excellent way to capture the essence of summer in a jar and relive those long, lazy days of warmth and happiness all year round.

 

Types of Jam 

 

There are different types of jam, each with its own unique flavour and texture. Jelly, for instance, is the smoothest fruit spread, made by straining fruit juice and mixing it with pectin. Marmalade, on the other hand, contains pieces of citrus fruit suspended evenly throughout the jelly. Preserves, as the name suggests, use the most fruit pieces, which are combined with sugar or syrup to contain them.

 

Creative Flavors and Ways to Use Jam 

 

Jam is versatile and can be used in various ways to enhance your meals. For example, you can use it as a spread on your toast, pancakes, or waffles. You can also use it as a glaze for meats, as a topping for ice cream, or as a filling for cakes and pastries. The possibilities are endless! And, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can experiment with creative flavours such as Chia Jam, which is healthy and delicious.

 

Top Tips for Jam Making 

 

Jam making is not only about preserving the fruit but also about preserving the memories and moments of summer. It’s a great exercise in sustainability that allows you to embrace wonky fruits and vegetables that don’t fit our modern, harsh beauty standards. Here are some top tips for making jam:

 

  • Be fully present and engaged in the process. Slow down and enjoy the experience.
  • Use seasonal fruits to capture the flavours and joy of summer.
  • Embrace “wonky” fruits and vegetables.
  • Respect the seasonal fruit and ensure that you don’t waste any.
  • Use high-quality ingredients.
  • Follow the recipe carefully.
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Jam Making as a Meditation 


Jam making is not just a culinary experience, but it’s also a meditation. It allows you to connect with nature, be grateful for the soil and sunshine, and appreciate the work that goes into growing the fruit. Making jam is a perfect way to slow down and be fully present in the moment. It’s a tangible reminder of the fragility of circumstances and the ease with which we face abundance or scarcity.


Jam Making Playlist 


To make your jam-making experience even more enjoyable, create a jam-making playlist. Add some soothing tunes that will help you relax and enjoy the process. Some of our favourite jams making songs are “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles, “Peaches” by The Presidents of the United States of America, and “Raspberry Beret” by Prince.


World’s Most Expensive Jam 


Did you know that the world’s most expensive jam costs $200 per jar? The Confiture de Cerises is made with rare black cherries and is sold exclusively by Fortnum & Mason in London. It’s a true delicacy that’s worth trying at least once in your life.

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