Are you wondering what to do with strange jam flavors like grapefruit smoked salt, raspberry jalapeño, or orange vanilla bean? So did our family when suddenly our pantry was overrun by jars of jam. At first we started using jam more as sauce and syrup. My mother and I would mix jam into our bowls of plain greek yogurt instead of adding sugar, and slathered pancakes or waffles with three fruit marmalade or blueberry lime. My father would use jam like tomato ginger jalapeño or peach cardamom as marinades for chicken or pork chops.
By the time I headed out to upstate New York for college, my mom expressed her love by sending me bi-monthly care packages of jam. Pretty soon after my arrival, jam became my currency. I brought some jars with me when I joined friends for thanksgiving at their homes in Vermont, and gifted some to my boss for her birthday. I even got my bike fixed for three jars. But even after by jam barters there were plenty jars left in my dorm room, and I had to find ways to use it. I mixed it with brown mustard, and olive oil to make salad dressing, mixed any apple or jalapeño based jam in curry for extra flavor, and even whisked it up and mixed with lemonade or cocktails (only once I was 21 of course.)
Enough blabbing, here are some recipes:
Salad dressing with a kick:
6 tablespoons olive oil
1.5 tablespoon mustard (dijon, brown, or whole seed recommended)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons jam (I recommend grapefruit smoked salt, orange vanilla bean, or red currant)
salt and fresh ground black pepper
Mix all ingredients together and whisk until you reach your desired consistency. If it feels too thick, feel free to add more olive oil. If you’re looking for more protein, or just general substance in your salad I recommend adding a tablespoon of tahini or any other nut butter.
Grapefruit Gin & Tonic:
2 ounce gin
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon grapefruit smoked salt jam
3 ounces tonic water
Mix gin, lime juice and jam into durable glass. Whisk well to make sure the jam mixes with the other liquids. Once mixed, strain into a 8 ounce glass, add tonic water.
Other ideas: tomato sauce, pasta & jam, eggs & jam, cheese, mix into whipping cream, substitute for sugar.
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