Jams & Jellies in Less Than 30 Minutes

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Jams & Jellies in less than minutes

For the cook who loves to serve something deliciously homemade but has little time to spare, Jams and Jellies in 30 Minutes or Less is the answer-for parties, for holiday meals, and for every day.

Whether you're new to the kitchen or a veteran cook, you will take genuine delight in creating small-batch refrigerator jams that are not only mouthwatering but beautiful as ...

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Overview

Jams & Jellies in less than minutes

For the cook who loves to serve something deliciously homemade but has little time to spare, Jams and Jellies in 30 Minutes or Less is the answer-for parties, for holiday meals, and for every day.

Whether you're new to the kitchen or a veteran cook, you will take genuine delight in creating small-batch refrigerator jams that are not only mouthwatering but beautiful as well. In less than half an hour and in very few steps, you can mix up a batch of fruity spreads to savor or to share.

Here are methods and recipes for 50 delectable sweet treats. These recipes offer creative possibilities as limitless as your imagination. They are as delicious in the morning on bagels or croissants as they are served during an elegant brunch or bridal shower. And many of these fruity concoctions can complement the perfect roast or grilled meat, turn a marinade or sauce from plain to extraordinary, or make an amazing topping for a dish of ice cream.

Pamela Bennett grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she was exposed to an environment rich in the southern culinary tradition. She graduated from Crofts College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She owned and operated Black Sheep Baskets in Dallas, Texas, which featured her jams. She currently lives in Provo, Utah.

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Editorial Reviews

the dailymeal.com

This might be embarrassing to admit, but until recently, I didn't know the difference between a jam and a jelly. That is, until I spoke with Pamela Bennett, author of Jams & Jellies in Less Than 30 Minutes. She quickly explained that a jam consists of one or more fruits, and the "final product allows you to see the blueberries, apricots, or other fruits shining through the jar!" A jelly, however, is typically clear without chunks of fruit. Seems pretty obvious now, no?

Bennett is a woman who knows her jams and jellies and, like the title of her book indicates, can make them quickly. In fact, she makes it seem easy, effortless, and fun - which is why she wrote the book. As she says, "I realized that jam making isn't the difficult, laborious process that most people imagine. My mama made the most incredible jams, and I revitalized the process by eliminating old-fashioned steps that our great-grandmothers followed."

She's highlighted the basics below and shared a few recipes from her book so you can get started today. What to begin with? Try her No-Cook Strawberry Jam.

Good luck and let us know how your jams turn out!

Basic Components of a Jam/Jelly

Jam making needs only four components: fruit(s), sugar, an acid (such as lemon juice/lime juice or vinegar), and pectin. Using my process, the fruit(s) are brighter and more vibrant in color and tastier because no 'unpronounceable additives' are used! The balance of the acid (lemon/lime juice) and the sugar helps in the actual gelling process. And pectin is a purely natural ingredient - made from apples! It's the 'miracle' product that binds everything together and makes the jam or jelly actually 'gel.'

[Editor's Note: Pectin comes as a liquid (made from apples) or dry (from citrus fruits or apples). It can be found in most grocery stores, just make sure to check the expiration date as they expire.]

The Importance of Sugar

Sugar not only makes the jams and jellies yummy, it is a critical ingredient in creating the gelling process. To edit some of the sugar while you're making a jam doesn't just affect the taste, this alteration can cause bacteria to grow and also cause spoilage. So, be safe, and don't alter the sugar required in the recipe!

Ripeness of the Fruit

In general, over-ripe fruits should be avoided. A strawberry that's "just a little bit bruised" isn't going to taste or look better just because you decide to use it in your jam. You're not covering up a flaw; over-ripe fruit should be discarded. Since my book doesn't call for any artificial ingredients, your fruits are the star of the show! The flavors from these recipes are richer and they're the true essence of the fruit, so put only the best in your product. Many of my recipes use frozen fruits so you can make a blueberry jam in snowy February, but we won't compromise on flavor. The cantaloupe jam, for instance, requires 'just ripe.' Once you've made your own "little masterpieces in a jar," you won't purchase store jam again because you can see and taste the difference.

Easy Ways to Sterilize Jars

Either wash the jars in the dishwasher, hot-cycle (wash, rinse, and dry) or wash by hand in hot, sudsy water. Use fresh, clean kitchen towels to dry. Avoid over-handling the jars - you can use kitchen tongs, but it isn't necessary. Jars or plastic containers need to be squeaky clean to prevent bacteria from growing. Lids are necessary; prepare them the same way.

Take Note of the Weather

Weather does play a role in the outcome of your jam making. A clear day produces a clear jam and especially, jelly. The vibrancy of the colors, the clarity of the fruits, the pectin itself all are affected by the humidity and sunshine on the day you make jam. Sunny days = sunny products!

Avoid Common Mistakes

1. Follow the recipe: There's a reason for the amount of sugar or the skimming of the fruit while preparing. Read the instructions so you're familiar, prepare your jars, assemble all the ingredients and kitchen tools.

2. Take into account that the humidity and climate of your region might require a few minutes more of cook time and a few more minutes of the jam 'setting up' while it waits on the counter top before refrigeration.

Don't Forget

Remember, these yummy recipes will not be rock-solid like a jar of jam that's been on the store shelf for over a year - yours are luscious and are good for breakfast, dinner parties, marinades, or grilling.

You're the one creating a fabulous jam; don't be intimidated to try these recipes! My instructions and ingredients are simple. Some recipes only require 3 ingredients - how easy is that?!

The best secret is that you're preparing something delicious and beautiful for your family/friends, dinner party, or celebration, and they'll think your culinary skills have reached new levels. We won't have to tell them it was actually rewarding and E-A-S-Y! You deserve the compliments!

— Yasmin Fahr

the dailymeal.com - Yasmin Fahr

This might be embarrassing to admit, but until recently, I didn’t know the difference between a jam and a jelly. That is, until I spoke with Pamela Bennett, author of Jams & Jellies in Less Than 30 Minutes. She quickly explained that a jam consists of one or more fruits, and the “final product allows you to see the blueberries, apricots, or other fruits shining through the jar!” A jelly, however, is typically clear without chunks of fruit. Seems pretty obvious now, no?

Bennett is a woman who knows her jams and jellies and, like the title of her book indicates, can make them quickly. In fact, she makes it seem easy, effortless, and fun — which is why she wrote the book. As she says, “I realized that jam making isn’t the difficult, laborious process that most people imagine. My mama made the most incredible jams, and I revitalized the process by eliminating old-fashioned steps that our great-grandmothers followed.”

She’s highlighted the basics below and shared a few recipes from her book so you can get started today. What to begin with? Try her No-Cook Strawberry Jam.

Good luck and let us know how your jams turn out!

Basic Components of a Jam/Jelly

Jam making needs only four components: fruit(s), sugar, an acid (such as lemon juice/lime juice or vinegar), and pectin. Using my process, the fruit(s) are brighter and more vibrant in color and tastier because no ‘unpronounceable additives’ are used! The balance of the acid (lemon/lime juice) and the sugar helps in the actual gelling process. And pectin is a purely natural ingredient — made from apples! It’s the ‘miracle’ product that binds everything together and makes the jam or jelly actually ‘gel.’

[Editor’s Note: Pectin comes as a liquid (made from apples) or dry (from citrus fruits or apples). It can be found in most grocery stores, just make sure to check the expiration date as they expire.]

The Importance of Sugar

Sugar not only makes the jams and jellies yummy, it is a critical ingredient in creating the gelling process. To edit some of the sugar while you’re making a jam doesn’t just affect the taste, this alteration can cause bacteria to grow and also cause spoilage. So, be safe, and don’t alter the sugar required in the recipe!

Ripeness of the Fruit

In general, over-ripe fruits should be avoided. A strawberry that’s “just a little bit bruised” isn’t going to taste or look better just because you decide to use it in your jam. You’re not covering up a flaw; over-ripe fruit should be discarded. Since my book doesn’t call for any artificial ingredients, your fruits are the star of the show! The flavors from these recipes are richer and they’re the true essence of the fruit, so put only the best in your product. Many of my recipes use frozen fruits so you can make a blueberry jam in snowy February, but we won’t compromise on flavor. The cantaloupe jam, for instance, requires ‘just ripe.’ Once you’ve made your own “little masterpieces in a jar,” you won’t purchase store jam again because you can see and taste the difference.

Easy Ways to Sterilize Jars

Either wash the jars in the dishwasher, hot-cycle (wash, rinse, and dry) or wash by hand in hot, sudsy water. Use fresh, clean kitchen towels to dry. Avoid over-handling the jars — you can use kitchen tongs, but it isn’t necessary. Jars or plastic containers need to be squeaky clean to prevent bacteria from growing. Lids are necessary; prepare them the same way.

Take Note of the Weather

Weather does play a role in the outcome of your jam making. A clear day produces a clear jam and especially, jelly. The vibrancy of the colors, the clarity of the fruits, the pectin itself all are affected by the humidity and sunshine on the day you make jam. Sunny days = sunny products!

Avoid Common Mistakes

1. Follow the recipe: There’s a reason for the amount of sugar or the skimming of the fruit while preparing. Read the instructions so you’re familiar, prepare your jars, assemble all the ingredients and kitchen tools.

2. Take into account that the humidity and climate of your region might require a few minutes more of cook time and a few more minutes of the jam ‘setting up’ while it waits on the counter top before refrigeration.

Don’t Forget…

Remember, these yummy recipes will not be rock-solid like a jar of jam that’s been on the store shelf for over a year — yours are luscious and are good for breakfast, dinner parties, marinades, or grilling.

You’re the one creating a fabulous jam; don’t be intimidated to try these recipes! My instructions and ingredients are simple. Some recipes only require 3 ingredients — how easy is that?!

The best secret is that you’re preparing something delicious and beautiful for your family/friends, dinner party, or celebration, and they’ll think your culinary skills have reached new levels. We won’t have to tell them it was actually rewarding and E-A-S-Y! You deserve the compliments!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423618713
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 439,313
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Bennett grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and graduated from Crofts College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She owned and operated Black Sheep Baskets in Dallas, Texas, which featured her jams. She now lives in Provo, Utah.

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Orange or Lemon Jelly

Perfection on poppy seed or lemon muffins! I've used this jelly as emergency marinade for grilling fish and it's now my go-to.

Yield 2-3 (1?2 pint) jars

2 1/2 cups* orange juice or lemon juice

Zest from all the oranges or lemons

6 cups sugar

1 packet (3 ounces) liquid pectin

Zest the oranges or lemons. Reserve zest.

Juice the citrus fruits until you have the amount needed.

Combine juice and zest in a bowl and let stand for 10 minutes.

Pour juice into a large saucepan and add sugar. Mix thoroughly.

Heat rapidly to boiling. Add pectin at once and stir constantly.

Return to full rolling boil for 1/2 minute.

Remove from stove and skim off foam.

Pout into prepared jars and cover tightly. Let cool, then refrigerate.

Keeps in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

*Generally speaking, a medium or large lemon will produce about 1/4 cup juice. You can substitute frozen orange juice or lemonade, but do not dilute with water.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8

BERRY JAMS

Blueberry Jam 15

Blueberry-Lemon Jam 17

Blackberry Jam 18

Winter Triple Berry 21

Framboise Raspberry Jam 22

"No-Cook" Strawberry Jam 25

Flowers & Strawberry Jam 27

FRUIT PRESERVES

Freezer Black Cherry Jam 30

Cranberry-Pear Relish 32

Just Peachy 35

Pear-Apple Jam 36

Ginger Pear Jam 37

Plum Crazy 39Rhubarb-Strawberry Jam 40

Cranberry Jam 43

Red Cherry Jam 45

Fig Jam 46

No-Cook Peachy Orange Jam 49

Cantaloupe Jam 50Pear-Cranberry Jam 52

Apricot Jam 55

Mock Raspberry Jam aka Green Tomato Jelly 57

Crocodile Tears 58

CITRUS AND TROPICAL JELLIES AND JAMS

Pineapple Pleasure 63

Southern Ambrosia Jam 65

Orange or Lemon Jelly 66

Sour Orange Marmalade 68

Papaya Tropics Jam 71

Mango Madness Spread 72

Pineapple-Carrot Jam 74

Grapefruit Marmalade 77

HERB AND SAVORY SPREADS

Onion Jam 81

Garlic Galore 82

Jalapeño Jelly 84

Inferno Jelly 87

Lavender Jam 89

Beet Jelly 90

Tomato Ginger Jam 93

Pumpkin Jam 95

JELLIES FROM JUICE & WINE

Cinnamon Apple Jelly 99

Grape Jelly 101

Mint Jelly 102

Lime Jelly 105

Herb Jelly 106Basic Honey Jelly 108

Red Currant Jelly 111

Guava Jelly 113

Ginger Jelly 114

Christmas Jelly 116

Cinnamon Jelly 117

Champagne Jelly 118

Wine Jelly 120

Orange Sauterne Jelly 123

Mimosa Jelly 124

Index 126

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