and then there was jam


it’s been months since i’ve made jam, before christmas i think.

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so with my shelves empty and the phone ringing with requests, it was finally time to fill my shelves again.

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first up, and probably most requested, champagne ginger peach. if i had a recipe, i’d share it, but i honestly don’t. i basically follow the recipe for peach jam included with the fruit pectin. then i  add candied ginger slices and champagne. i use this. which technically isn’t champagne but it’s super tasty and a little sweet. perfect for jam.

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i always add extra pectin to my jam to ensure it sets. after making over 1,000 jars of jam in the past two years i can finally tell by the consistency if i need more.
i also made pineapple blueberry. again another reasonably requested jam. thankfully i had fresh peaches frozen from last summer and pineapple and blueberries were available at the grocery. great winter jams.

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i made really big batches this time around. i even had to use two pots for both batches!

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i made sixty jars. fifteen have already left the shoppe. i think i’m going to be making more jam quicker than i wanted. what’s next? i’ve been wanting to try a four citrus jam … orange, lemon, grapefruit and tangerine.

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a taste of summer in the dead of winter. sounds perfect.

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  • Anonymous at

    I just found your site…love it! The champagne ginger peach jam sounds yummy. I’ve been looking for an apple walnut jam recipe. My sister-in-law made it one year for Christmas presents and it was scrumptious. I asked her for the recipe and she said she doesn’t have it anymore…I don’t believe her 😉

  • Gabriela at

    What glorious photos! You’ve so expertly captured the sunlight streaming through your beautiful jars of jam and these photos simply made my heart sing.

  • Lori at

    What a great Valentine’s gift they would make! Fill a basket of love and jam! I’m sure a great tea towel is lurking in your shop too.

  • Bethany Dirksen at

    Mmmm…lemon jam sounds delightful. That would be my vote for the next one!

  • Amanda @ Little House on the Corner at

    WOW. Your jam flavors sound amazing!!! I love homemade jam – I always look forward to getting some from my grandma!

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    Yummo! I know we loved our jam.

  • Suzanne@Meridian Road at

    That’s a lot of work! All those flavors sounds yummy.
    Not that it’s any big thing, but I was so glad when the canning companies changed the lids and rings from gold to silver!

  • { donna } at

    Michael! Do you happen to make strawberry jam?! Say YES, because if so…Im buying some 🙂

  • The Sterling Cherub at


    I canNOT wait to get my champagne ginger peach jam from you! (And my signs!) I’m going to share it with my BFF and I know he will love it! Yummm!

    Wow, that is an impressive batch of jam you made! How long does it take for you to knock out that many jars?



  • Meadowlark at

    Yum! I make a “Sunshine jam” (pineapple-lemon marmalade really) that is amazing!!!! We should swap non-recipes 😉

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