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?

Dehydrated Tomato Skins? Make Rice Pilaf (Recipe)

Regular readers of WellPreserved will know that we’re tomato fanatics.  Dana and I preserve 8 or more bushels (around 400 pounds) of sauce with my parents.  Last year we realized that we could dry the formerly discarded tomato seeds and skin and use them like tomato paste.

As tomato season approaches we thought it would be a good time to remind you of that possibility and try to inspire you with a way to use them – we recently made a rice pilaf with them.

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Pickled Beet Sandwich – Cleaning the Larder

It was a busy weekend and we were looking for a quick bite.

This is a time of year I try to use up as much of our surplus canned goods as possible (and there are a lot!) in order to prepare for the bounty of summer and to rotate the contents of our preserve shelf.  We know that the market will soon be swelling with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables and we’ll be less inclined to eat our preserves so this is a guilt-free time to open as many jars as possible.

Late spring/ early summer is a busy time around our house.  I tend to travel a lot for work, we’re a lot more social (like bears coming out of hibernation), farmers market season kicks into another gear and projects in the garden tend to take a lot of time.  Meals like this one are ready in minutes (the longest step was making toast)and can easily fuel you through the day.

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Quince Jelly Gastrique Salad Dressing Recipe

Winter salads are often more bitter or hardy than their summer counterparts.  We lack the natural sweetness of berries, a lot of sweet fruit, tomatoes, light greens and other bright summer flavors.  We’re left with dense offerings such as carrots, onions, kale, mache, and other bitter greens.  This is a simple technique that combines vinegar, sugar and fruit preserves to create a sweet-and-sour dressing that is also fat-free (though I’m a proponent of fat).  We used part of a jar of preserves that were recently given to us to make the quince jelly gastrique.

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Salad Dressing Recipe: Vinaigrette with Jam

Over the last few years we’ve found that a key to enjoying our pantry is to find diverse ways to use the flavors it provides.  We’ve used jam to glaze meats, make cocktails, sweeten smoothies and played with various salad dressing recipes (including a very standard strawberry jam vinaigrette).

We used strawberry jam for this recipe but any jam could be used in its place as the other ingredients are fairly neutral.

Last nights winder salad incorporates tahini to emulsify it.  Emulsifying simply means to incorporate the oil and vinegar into one sauce as opposed to a separated dressing.  Here is a picture of our salad (it used plenty of winter ingredients yet brought the flavours of summer into our dreary winter evening):

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Recipe: Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits with Fermented Jalapenos

It’s been a cold, grey weekend.  You know the kind of weather – gloomy enough that you never fully feel warm yet warm enough that it isn’t quite cozy weather.  It’s just kind of dank, dark and droopy.  It’s that kind of weather.

Last night we decided to watch movies, curl up with a blanket and make a big pot of chili.  I’m a giant fan of having some form of bread to dip into chili and last night we made these awesome biscuits:

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Sugar Cookies with Bourbon and Fermented Jalapenos (Recipe)

When I was a child, my ‘specialty’ was baking oatmeal cookies.  I was a real ‘pro’ when it came to cookie dough.  But that was a long time ago – I haven’t baked a single cookie in 20 or 25 years.  I’m not sure what I was thinking when we decided a Holiday Cookie Swap (tonight!) would be a good time to return to my original roots in the kitchen; but I’m glad we did as I’m thrilled with how these worked out:

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Too Much Strawberry Jam? Make Salad Dressing

Over the last few years, many farmers in the Toronto area have learned to extend summer and fall crops into the fall through planting different crops, cold frames, natural greenhouses, different storage techniques, trenches dug under the frost line and more.

We’re still finding arugula, carrots, and tomatoes (they’ve been ripened in storage).  Looking for a bigger taste of summer, we made a great dressing with strawberry jam tonight.

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WellPreserved On-Demand: What to do with Pickles

Our latest question asked us for cooking ideas for pickles (of all kinds).  I love to use them in imaginative ways (and sometimes the ideas are so obvious we missed them for years). 

 Here’s 10 ideas:

  1. Make relish on-demand.  Chop up the pickled veg to create a ‘custom’ relish to go with your meal.  Bonus tip: add mayo and make tartar sauce.
  2. Add pieces to a salad (I forget this often).
  3. Use the brine in your salad dressings.
  4. Use the brine/ pickles in a stir fry (the acid is a great touch)
  5. A small bit of brine can be added to spaghetti sauce (I wouldn’t use dill pickle brine for this but a brine from spicy carrots or pickled onions is awesome).
  6. Pickled veg or brine can be added to soups.
  7. Augment salsa with chopped bits of pickles (i.e. pickled onions or garlic).
  8. Add to sandwiches
  9. If your pickle was fermented (i.e. sauer kraut), you can drink the brine (its extremeley healthy) and many cultures use it as a health elixir.
  10. Pickles make great accessories to alcohol.

What would you add to the list?

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WellPreserved On-Demand: How To Use Jam in Cooking

Looking for ideas on using jam for things other than toast?  Here’s a few ways we do just that:

  1. Sweet jams are great with savory items (especially cheese).
  2. Jam is a great winter addition to salad dressing.  Mix oil, vinegar and jam to your liking (add mustard if you want an ‘incorporated’ sauce).
  3. Mix it with chocolate and reduce.  Serve with red meat (this is often done with red fruit such as raspberries and paired with game).
  4. Warm a small pot of maple syrup and add jam to it to serve on pancakes.
  5. Add a few spoonfuls to a small jar, cover in booze and let it infuse for a few days.
  6. Add to smoothies.
  7. Mix with balsamic and glaze roasted veggies or meat with it.
  8. Add a bit to a seasonal pie (i.e. an apple pie).
  9. Top cheesecake with it.
  10. Add jelly to hot tea to sweeten.

What else do you use jam for?

 

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