Jam & Jelly Making Basics

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As I have added more recipes for making jams and jellies, I began to realize I was repeating myself. A lot. I already do that as a teacher all day long. It’s not fun.

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Traditional Greek Fig Spoon Sweet

Figs are an oddity in the fruit tree world. If given the right conditions, they’ll produce fruit throughout the year. But what happens if that’s not the conditions you happen to live in? You get creative, that’s what.

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Sour Cherry Jam (No Added Pectin)

Several years ago we planted a Morello cherry tree in our garden. I was a little disappointed to later realize that it would never grow much bigger than 7 to 8 feet tall… until we started pulling in more cherries than I could figure out what to do with.

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Greek Spiced Candied Plums & Plum Brandy (or Plum Spoon Sweets & Syrup!)

20200802173352_IMG_5087Plums are liars.  Okay, not all plums lie, but when they do it’s really bad, but it’s nothing that booze and sugar can’t fix.  Well, at least in this case.

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Spiced Pear Butter

20190930_191735xdfcPears are fickle things.  Frustratingly fickle things.  And yet, when you get some cooperation from them, they are also delightfully delicious things.

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Greek Kumquat “Spoon Sweet”

20190307_175732If there is ever a global shortage on sugar or honey, I’m not sure what most Greeks are going to do.  Greeks really love their sweets.

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Plum Jam (No Added Pectin)

20180624_072606I have three varieties of plum trees in my yard.  The earliest to ripen is the Santa Rosa.  They look and smell so luscious, and then you bite into one.  PUCKER!!!

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Old-Fashioned Seedless Blackberry Jam (No Pectin Added)

20180614_191219dfcgOne of my fondest childhood memories is going into my grandparents’ back yard looking for ripe blackberries on their vine.  In December.  Kind of didn’t understand plants back then. Continue reading Old-Fashioned Seedless Blackberry Jam (No Pectin Added)

Pomegranate Jelly

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Nothing quite compares to the stunning beauty of pomegranate seeds.  It is no wonder that Persephone was tempted to eat those offered to her by Hades in the Greek mythological story.  Sadly, just like in the story, pomegranate is only available during a short time of the year.  Hrumph!

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Purple Basil (Ocimum basilicum var.)

20171027_084830Purple pesto, anyone?  Deep purple color, sprays of pink flowers, amazing basil taste.  It’s kind of nice when nature wraps up all the best features into a single plant.  This basil makes a stunning addition to any salad and turned my basil jelly a lovely garnet hue.

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