One of my favorite jams is Apple Maple Jam is from a past Ball Blue Book but can also be found here: Apple Maple Jam. The original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. That is a little strong for me so I only use 1/2 teaspoon.
I was recently in the North Carolina mountains during apple season and bought lots of local varieties. This jam is best when made with a variety of apples and real maple syrup.
How to use:
spread on hot biscuits or toast
mix a 1/3 cup or so with 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard and spread on a pork tenderloin before roasting
heat a 1/4 cup jam with a 1/3 cup maple syrup for pouring over pancakes or french toast
line mini muffin tins with pie crust and fill with jam for mini apple tarts
I have been wanting to make some Black and Blue Jam using blackberries and blueberries. We had a good blackberry crop this summer and when the blueberry prices dropped at the end of the season I stocked up. What I did not use for the jam went into the freezer for more jam, blueberry pancakes and other dishes. Something about cooking or baking with fruits during the cold days of winter brightens my day.
For the Black and Blue Jam, I used the Mixed Berry jam recipe from the Ball Book of Canning: http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipes/mixed-berry-jelly. If you have never canned before pick up Ball’s canning book (that’s how I learned) and start with recipes that call for water bathing such as jellies, tomatoes, pickles, etc. They are easy to master. Then when you’re comfortable you can move on to pressure canning! For the Cherry Jam, I used the Cherry Preserves recipe of Ball’s and added a few tablespoons of my homemade bourbon vanilla.
I am always looking for new label designs and really like the way brown paper looks but it is expensive to buy. So, I asked for paper bags the last few times I was at the grocery store and used them. Here’s the steps, it’s very easy.
• Take apart the brown paper bag, I didn’t worry about the wrinkles
• Using a regular sheet of typing paper trace around it on the bag
• Cut it out and use just like normal copy paper
• You might want to adjust your printer settings to a thicker paper setting such as photo paper
• I set the color settings to Vivid, it helps the colors to be a bit brighter since the paper is dark
• Cut out the label and trim it so the ends overlap just a bit when wrapped around the jar. Dab just a bit of glue (I used an Elmer’s glue stick) in the middle of the back of the label to stick it to the jar then glue the ends together.
Here are the labels that I made. Feel free to use and happy canning.