10 Things to do with Jam other than Toast

Were you a little extra ambitious when you made jam this summer?  Looking for something to do with it?  Here’s a quick list of ideas that will get you out of a toast-rut!

  1. Add a spoonful to hot tea to sweeten it.
  2. Mix one tablespoon to jam to one tablespoon vinegar and 3 tablespoons oil to make a salad dressing.
  3. If your jam is made of berries, stir it into the jus from a roast to make a quick table-side sauce for dinner.
  4. Mix one part jam with 2 parts maple syrup for a great pancake topping.
  5. Place a tablespoon of jam in a 1.5 ounce shot glass.  Cover with vodka, bourbon or rum.  Drink!
  6. If you have extra pizza dough, use jam to make no-work turnovers.
  7. Mix jam with goat cheese and spinach to stuff a pork tenderloin.
  8. Mix jam into any smoothie.
  9. Mix jam and water to make freezies (or a simple syrup for cocktails)
  10. Toss it with apples and pears and top it with this magical topping for an awesome crumble.

What do you use jam for?


  1. All these savory options sound delicious!

    I mix jam with plain Greek yogurt in lieu of buying those “fruit goo on the bottom” yogurts.

    Preserves are also nice in crumble bars (like these choc + marmalade beauties: http://woodenspoonbaking.blogspot.com/2014/01/shortbread-crumble-orangette-bars.html), or as a sweetener/moisture addition in cake (like pear butter in gingerbread cake: http://woodenspoonbaking.blogspot.com/2013/11/pear-gingerbread-cake.html).

  2. A spoonful of jam as the sweetener in a shaken and strained cocktail like these (which use cranberry sauce but I use raspberry jam instead) http://www.oregonlive.com/mix/index.ssf/cocktails/post_5.html

  3. Wow – this is so useful! I shy away from canning jam because we don’t eat the classic toast-with-jam, but I might have to do a few jars this coming year just to make some of these wonderful ideas happen!

  4. Bakery! Blueberry jam cakes, Raspberry jam slices, “Pasta frola”… there are a bunch of recipes out there either using a flat buttery dough (kind of pie) or a ball of dough (kind of sweet scone). Great as hostess gift.

  5. I use apricot or raspberry with caramelized onion, balsamic vinegar and rosemary and serve with pork or chicken. Excellent!

  6. katesshortandsweets says:

    I love making it into ice cream http://goo.gl/RYH7OK

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