Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ways To Use 'R Jams and Jellies!





What we make in our on farm canning kitchen:
Sweet Jams & Jellies: Honey Lemon, Muscadine, Blueberry, Hibiscus, Peach, Plum
Savory Jams & Jellies: Blueberry/Chipotle, Peach/Spiced & Chipotle, Plum/Jalapeno, Jalapeno, Chipotle, XXHot Pepper
Any thing in red I have added extra to what the original author has written. I know this seems like a lot of info but I was amazed at what was on the internet and my own playing around.

1. Make your own fruit flavored yogurt. 
Spoon some jam or jelly (break up the jelly with a fork before mixing) into a bowl. Top with plain yogurt. Call it fruit on the bottom. Or mix well for flavor all the way through.
2. Bake some brie.
Top that wheel of cheese with a few spoonfuls of jam or jelly (break up the jelly with a fork before mixing) wrap the whole thing in phyllo or puff pastry, and bake at 400 degrees.
3. Add some to a pan sauce for meat.
It not only helps thicken it, it adds sweetness and flavor. Try currant jam (I use our Hibiscus Jelly) with red wine for a pan sauce for steak; use peach, muscadine or plum jam and brandy for pork chops.
4. Shake it into a cocktail. A new trend is to add a little hot to these also.
Literally any cocktail. Think peach or plum with whiskey, raspberry (Blueberry, Muscadine) with vodka, and orange marmalade (Honey Lemon jelly) with gin.
A. Spoonful in iced or hot tea.  
B. 1 ½ oz brandy, whiskey, rum, bourbon
1 or 2 spoonful Honey Lemon Jelly
1 cup hot water.
In mug add alcohol and Jelly, pour in hot water, stir till jelly is melted. Garnish with cinnamon stick, lemon wedge, your choice.
C. Saut√© pork or chicken, deglaze pan w/ ½ cup white wine or water, boil reduce, 1-3 spoons of jelly & tbs butter or splash of cream, stir, use as a sauce
5. Top Creamy Desserts
Pudding, panna cotta, you name it: it's better with a bit of jam or jelly (break up the jelly with a fork before spreading).
6. Make Stuffed French Toast 
First, make a jam or jelly (break up the jelly with a fork before spreading) sandwich with white sandwich bread, challah, or brioche. Next, soak the sandwich in eggs and milk. Finally, panfry in lots and lots of butter.
7. Whip up the ultimate Grilled Cheese
Jam or jelly + melted cheese + golden, toasted bread. (It's the jam or jelly that makes it ultimate.)
8. Make Shortcake
You don’t always need fresh fruit for shortcake, when you can fill with jam or jelly anytime (and whipped cream, of course) instead?
9. Top Your Pancakes
Turn jam or jelly into syrup instantly by boiling it with water.
10. Transform Ice Cream
Take softened vanilla ice cream. Stir in some, jam or jelly (mash up jelly with a fork first).
11. Use it to make popsicles.
Thin jam or jelly with water and you've got a popsicle. How about a soothing (Honey Lemon for a sick child)
12. Serve it along side cheese.
You thought your cheese plates were already fancy? You haven't even seen fancy until you've put a cute jar of jam or jelly on the plate. (Oh, and it also happens that jam and cheese go fabulously together, which helps.)
13. Fill pretty much anything sweet.
Turn cookies into sandwich cookies, make hand pies, whip up a galette, make an impressive tart. And definitely make bar cookies.
14. Add it to a salad Dressing.
The touch of sweetness will help balance your vinaigrette and make it sing.
15. Stuff A Pork Loin (or a Chicken Breast).
Use a long knife to cut out a 1 inch tunnel all the way through the loin (or breast). Fill with jam (fig, rhubarb, orange marmalade) and bake like normal.
16. Fill Crepes.
Make crepes. Spread a thin layer of jam or jelly on each. Roll and eat.
17. Melt into a Glaze for Sweets.
Heat jam or jelly on the stove with a bit of water or lemon juice until it's melted and liquidy, then pour it over a simple cake or cheesecake.
18. ...Or use that Glaze for all Things Savory
Glaze brisket as it cooks! Brush over chicken drumsticks to make them sticky and finger licking!
19. Make Something British
The classic British dessert called foolis essentially just whipped cream with fruit folded in—but, of course, you can fold in jam or jelly (break up the jelly with a fork before mixing) instead. Add meringue to the equation and you can call it Eton mess.
20. Stir it into Barbecue Sauce 
Use it to doctor up the store bought stuff or mix it into your DIY version.
21. Do the Swirl
Dollop jam or jelly (break up the jelly with a fork before mixing),  onto cornbread, crumb cake, or brownie batter, swirl, and bake.
22. Or Bake it into Cake
Mix it thoroughly into the batter of ginger bread or layer cake.
23. Put it on your Cereal.
Forget brown sugar—sweeten up your bowl of oatmeal or porridge with a dollop of jam or jelly instead. http://www.epicurious.com/ingredients/26waystocookwithjammarmaladearticle

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