Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Just Can't Stop

"We're jammin'
To think that jammin' was a thing of the past;
We're jammin',
And I hope this jam is gonna last."

Apparently I can't stop. The fruit flies are back, and our neighbor keeps dropping off bags of fruit.

Denise helped me turn fruit fly bait into Cinnamon Vanilla Nectarine-Peach jam last night.

Indeed, we are jammin'.


allisonmariecat said...

Mmmmmmmmm....good stuff!

Toni said...

Looks so yummy!

My mom just sent me home with bunches of plums.

I'm getting ready to steam juice them! Then make jelly... hmmm... maybe some jam too!

How wonderful to have such a generous neighbor!

Ribbit said...

OH how tasty!

Michelle said...

That looks so good it almost makes we want to put some up myself. But no, I will resist, I just don't eat much jam anymore. Call me a recovering jammer. But, wow, it sure looks good...

Annie's Granny said...

Now that looks/sounds good! I wish I had a recipe for it, I'd try it with my neighbor's peaches next year!

Did you by any chance miss my request that you shoot me an email? anniebloom1 at gmail dot com

Engineeredgarden said...

Wow...I've never heard of that concoction before. Oh, it sounds really good!

esperanza said...

What a beautiful shot! It looks great. I can't wait to see your wall(s) of preserves. I bet its gorgeous.

Dan said...

Oh the looks lovely!

el said...

Sounds delish! I love fun (interesting) jams. More adult or something!

here's a simple solution to those pesky fruit flies (believe me they're merciless here in the land of lots of humidity)

Anonymous said...

Please, oh please, will you share this recipe? It sounds FANTASTIC! I tried my hand at Low Sugar Peach Jam a few weeks ago- it was ok. Not great, just ok. Don't know what I did wrong- I thought for sure the peach would be an amazingly strong flavor. Perhaps it was the low sugar, perhaps it was that I just started canning this summer. I'm feeling adventurous though and would love to try something other than what the pectin package lists as a 'recipe'.

Stefaneener said...

Allison, so nice to see you. I hope they taste as good as they look!

Toni, plum jelly -- I'm too lazy to juice and make jelly. Jam fits my "toss it all in" approach, except for the grapes. I squish those through the mill. My neighbors are a wonder -- we lucked out in ways I can't even begin to count.

Ribbit, we'll see, of course. The proof is in the toast. Or the jam cake. Or the thumbprint cookies.

Michelle, you're right. It's just so much fun to do and what else can you do with the fruit? I may freeze the next bag for smoothies (before the fruit flies show up).

AG, I DO plan to email you; I've just been flakily overwhelmed. I just used a regular "guess at the sugar" no pectin jam approach, and tossed in some vanilla extract and some cinnamon. I truly have no idea how it will come out, and no way to replicate it! Real small batch jammery.

EG, you just have to dream in the jam zone to think of things like this. I hope it is good. I should start mailing it out to you guys for tasting and feedback.

Esperanza, we'll have to build a beautiful pantry in the laundry area.

Dan, sometimes I think I make jam as much for the pretty as the tasty. Thanks!

el, I have a trap up right now. Little creeps. The fruit is outside because I don't trust it any more, and I'm not buying bananas until it cools down. I ought to post about the wax moth infestation that Sarafina and I battled today. Ick.

Um, hi, anonymous. Peach jam isn't great in my experience, but the peaches I'm using don't taste fantastic. I read that adding almonds to peaches punches up the flavor because they're related, so maybe some pure almond extract? I really wing my jam, so I tossed in some cinnamon and some vanilla. Who knows how it will work? I assume that there are tested recipes out there, but not here (yet).