Saturday, December 18, 2010

We're Jammin'

We're jammin'I wanna jam it with you
We're jammin', jammin',
And I hope you like jammin' too

I've been on a jammy excursion. A tasty one, though, as I've "invented" three of my own herbal jams, and the results have actually been pleasant. I now have Christmas gifts to give to people!

I've come to the conclusion that using pectin is completely unnecessary if you use apples when jam-making, because apples have natural pectin. I love using local Granny Smith apples when making jams (picked off apple trees in Troutdale... free apples FTW!), and you can add a variety of herbs for that extra "kick" of flavor.

Anyway, when researching the internet for basic jam recipes to tweak into my own creations, I came across a recipe that sounds quite interesting: A Caramel Apple Jam invented by Mr. Robert Atwood. I gave his recipe a try, with some modifications: I used less white sugar and replaced it with honey; I used lemon juice, and slightly more butter. All in all, it's a decent jam, and the cinnamon truly makes this jam taste like apple pie.

Apples freshly picked off trees in Troutdale, OR. 

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