Jam of the Month Club

Welcome to this year’s hodgepodge holiday-themed gift giving December posts.   I do know that I have some cookie recipes and maybe some other kitchen gifts to post.  Who knows what will show up?  Today, however, I’m starting with jam.  (Big surprise, right?)

This growing season I made too much jam.  Last year I made too  much jam.  The year before that I made too much jam.   Guess what?   The year before that I also made too much jam.    I am kind of a jam-a-holic.

I usually ship some boxes to “out-of-staters” for Christmas.

Last year, we immediately got a phone call from my sister-in-law.    Because we have a “no gift” policy on that side of the family, we thought we were going to be chastised for sending a Christmas gift to them. Instead, she and the nieces and nephews were giving us rave reviews on the jellies and jams we had sent and told us how they had run out of bread and had started eating the preserves on crackers and any other bread-like substances they could find in the house.

They wanted more.


It was at this point that The Hubs and I both came to the same conclusion.    Next year, we would enroll them in our own “Jam of the Month Family Plan.”

This year, I have been putting away jam, preserves, chutneys and jellies for this family plan.

Again, I have made too much jam.  Everyone at school (and then some) is getting a  jar for Christmas.  Here is a round-up of jams, jellies, and preserves from the archives of EE.


Apple Marmelade2014-11-16 12.39.29

Cranberry Apple Chutney


Grandma’s Apple Butter

2014-11-16 14.12.53



Blackberry-Lemon Jam with Cinnamon Basil

I already sent one half pint to a friend for taste testing.

Blackberry-Lime Jam


Blackberry Port Jam

2013-07-03 07.48.36 (1)

Thyme-Blackberry Jam




Balsamic-Cinnamon Blueberry Jam

Eliot's Eats

Blueberry Spiced Jam




Spiked Cherry Conserve




Grape Conserve

2012-07-28 12.03.55

Grape Jam with Orange Essence

2012-08-05 10.07.16

Spiced Grape Jelly 

2013-08-20 18.46.45

Spiced Grape-Orange Jam


Vintage Grape Jelly

2012-08-05 11.06.32


Meyer Lemon Marmalade




Cherry-Pepper Jam


Hot Pepper Tequila Jelly

2013-08-25 17.33.09

Mango-Jalapeno Jelly

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Stone Fruits:

Ginger Peach Jam
2014-09-02 16.56.08

Red Nectarine and Candied Ginger Jam

I would call this an old-fashioned jam except for the candied ginger and liqueur.

Spiced Peach Jam with Brandy 

2013-08-17 10.34.19

Peach Honey

White Peach Honey and Red Haven Peach Honey

White Peach Honey and Red Haven Peach Honey

Peach Marmalade




Chocolate Pear Jam

Chocolate Pear Jam

Chocolate Pear Jam

Pear Honey

The rest of my FM pears.


Balsamic Basil Strawberry Jam 

2015-05-25 16.52.05

Strawberry Lemon Marmalade

2015-05-08 17.35.32


Dandelion Jelly

2014-06-11 14.17.16

Lavender Wine Jelly

Recipe makes four pints. I made half-pints.

Mango Lime Jam with Ginger


Raspberry Jam with Ginger and Chile and Fresh Mint


Tomato Jam

2014-08-18 18.07.55




The Hubs’ sister and her family are getting a personalized “Jam of the Month” club membership directly from our kitchen.    I am going to include a recipe along with each jar like my “Baking with Jam” collection,  Blackberry Salad Dressing, or Coconut Macaroon Tartlets with Jam Filling.

We returned from our Thanksgiving trip to Houston last week with about 75 lbs. of Meyer Lemons from my MiL’s backyard tree.  I imagine there will be some more lemon recipes in the archives soon.  I found some great ideas at Food in Jars

For other Christmas themed posts, you might be interested in these posts:

  • For cookies, elixirs, fudge, and DIY root beer-reindeer sextets and farolitos, click here.
  • For a cheese ball,  suet feeders, sock monkeys for adults, and other gift items, click here.
  • For a baker’s dozen (and then some) of Gifts from the Kitchen, click here.
  • For Twelve Days of Christmas Treats, click here.

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