I recently started making jams in the last few years, simply because I own fruit trees. Any fruit tree owner will tell you that their trees produce too much and that everything ripens ALL AT ONCE! I love plums and loquats and apricots, but I can’t eat 100 pounds in a week. Nope, just can’t do it. Major problems to even try! 🙂 So, like any California crazy I have been jamming. My girlfriend taught me how, I use pectin and sugar, I haven’t changed that up YET. But what I love to do is blend. I have plenty of the fruit, so I feel I have little risk even if I don’t end up liking it. So far things have been pretty good, if you jam try it out for yourself.
My favorites so far have been blending fruit with Jalapenos. MMMM, yes, you can tell I am from California because we will put salsa and jalapenos on just about anything, cilantro too? Yes please.
My first year I made a plain jalapeno jam, it was good but kinda boring. Now I throw all jalapenos in, seeds and all and mix with a batch of Loquat, Apricot OR I just tried Santa Rosa Plum. Holy crud they are good. I haven’t tried Strawberry Jalapeno yet, but I found a recipe so somebody thought it was tasty, this summer I will try it.
If you are ever blessed with jalapeno jam from a handy neighbor, serve it over cream cheese with crackers. Bliss! OR serve it on the side with white flaky fish, chicken cutlet, pork cutlet, put it on a cheese plate (great with sharp cheddar or brie) or lately I make a parmesan chicken cutlet (thin cutlet, dip in flour, then egg, then parmesan (large grated pieces), sautee for 2 min per side medium heat) Yummy alone or with the fruity jalapeno jam as a condiment. You can’t beat it.
I also blend my fruits or add cinnamon or allspice sometimes. Loquat Cinnamon tastes like apple pie filling, Spiced Blueberry Loquat is my favorite (and an awesome addition to a cheese plate – I like cheese ok?), though Plum Loquat or Blackberry Plum are amazing as well. I have a request from a family member to make banana pineapple jam. I don’t know about that one and I don’t grow either…we will see.