Home Canned Spiced Applesauce - Low Sugar, Tall Taste
Tart Honeycrisp Apple Cranberry/Cherry Conserve - Just in time for the holidays

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Who is The Jam Scientist?

  • About The Jam Scientist and The Professor - When Life Gives You Lemons - Make Marmalade (more)
  • Family Album - I met and fell in love with this brainy yet fun loving physics professor at a bible study. He is one of the kindest men I have ever met, and a true southern gentleman! Our grandchildren adore him! I love his southern accent, his mind, humor, and all the rest of him!(more)
  • Press Release - Best Little Jam House Announces New Staff Position - Best Little Jam House is doing so well I have decided to open a new full time staff position even at this early stage in my business. Our new staffer has already joined our team. In fact, without her interest and enthusiasm, this blog would not be thriving as it is! (more)
  • I have been counting my blessings today. I would like to share some of my list this Thanksgiving - My list starts with The Fellowship of the Mystery - That's what Pastor David Guzik calls God's intervention in our lives to change us; yes, it is a great mystery, and I am most thankful for this! My list ends with thankfulness for adult diapers for those that need them. (more)
  • Diet Help from My Pal - My dietician suggested I try My Fitness Pal, a free online program to help me track what I eat and how much I exercises. I have found it to be a great help during this convalescence period, and I think I will continue to use it once I am better. (more)

 

Apricot-Almond Chutney

Apricots

  • Apricot-Almond Chutney - This is great chutney. This is absolutely my, and The Professor's, favorite chutney!!! If you have time to smoke the dried apricots and onion everyone will consider you to be a domestic goddess. Yes, smoking adds that much flavor and complexity! (more)

  Home Canned Applesauce - What apples. in what ratios, with what amazing ingredients, in what style, and what pitfalls to avoid.

Apples

  • Home Canned Applesauce - What apples, in what ratios, with what amazing ingredients, in what style, and what pitfalls to avoid - Creating your own signature blend is simple by using unexpected ingredients and regional apple varieties. (more)
  • Canned Cranberry Spiced Applesauce - hands down absolutely the best applesauce I have ever eaten - This lovely pink applesauce has subtle complexity that will be appreciated by adults, but is still enjoyable to children. (more)
  • Home Canned Spiced Applesauce - Low Sugar, Tall Taste - My go-to applesauce, sweetened with concentrated apple juice and less sugar. This recipe is a staple. I made over 40 pints and it will not last the year. (more)
  • Tart Honeycrisp Apple Cranberry/Cherry Conserve - Just in time for the holidays - This tart little conserve would work well as a condiment for meat or cheese; it could also be an alternative to cranberry sauce, (think Thanksgiving) or work as jelly (good as a topping for muffins). (more)
  • The flavor of freshly baked gingerbread in a jar - Easy Apple Gingerbread Spice Jelly - I believe I got this new recipe spot-on. It is easy to make, can be done in less than an hour, and has the flavor of freshly baked gingerbread! This recipe turned out sooo good I thought twice about releasing it on the internet. In the end I decided to share. (more)

 Whole Grain Skillet Cornbread

Bread

Healthy Whole Grain Southern Style Skillet Cornbread - Now is the time for a nice pot of soup with a piece of warm cornbread. My favorite cornbread recipe from Ruth Reichl's The Gourmet Cookbook uses 100% whole grain stone ground cornmeal, and a hot skillet. (more)

 

Flavored salts 

 

 

 

 

Condiments

  • Kitchen Hack: Super easy 10 minute "canned" flavored salt - Use this simple and quick tactic to spice up your life, or to make an easy homemade gift. (more)
  • It's not too late! There is still time to make homemade mustard - Home mustard making is easy to do. Look at The Jam Scientist's Notebook section of this post to learn tips for controlling and utilizing mustard's natural kick. A set of mustards would make a wonderful gift.(more)

Tart Honeycrisp Apple Cranberry/Cherry Conserve

 Cranberries  

  • Tart Honeycrisp Apple Cranberry/Cherry Conserve - Just in time for the holidays - This tart little conserve would work well as a condiment for meat or cheese; it could also be an alternative to cranberry sauce, (think Thanksgiving) or work as jelly (good as a topping for muffins). (more)
  • Canned Cranberry Spiced Applesauce - hands down absolutely the best applesauce I have ever eaten - This lovely pink applesauce has subtle complexity that will be appreciated by adults, but is still enjoyable to children. (more)
  • Alternatives to Canned Cranberry Relish - Kick the cranberry sauce in the tin can to the side. I never like it anyway. Here are few of my favorite alternatives... (more)

  Brisket in a food safe plastic bag with brine

Curing Meat

Corning, or Pickling, a Beef Brisket All By Myself - Really, It's Not Hard! This year I am actually corning, or pickling, my own beef before Saint Patrick's Day (more)

 

Ham Dinner

Dinner

  • Easy three-step, gloriously rich and thick, do-ahead turkey gravy recipe that makes everything easier...This gravy makes Thanksgiving day a breeze by making gloriously rich and thick gravy ahead of time by using turkey parts. This recipe is adapted from The Best of America's Test Kitchen, so you know its good!(more)
  • Kitchen Hack: Super easy five minute tactic to take your ham up a notch - This simple and quick tactic works on any ham, be it spiral, canned, or bone-in to intensify flavor, add moisture, and presence to an ordinary ham. (more)
  • My advice: brine your turkey (or that pork loan), but skip all those complicated recipes - easy is best! Brining makes an enormous difference in succulence - no exaggeration! However, this does not need to be a big production or expense. All things being equal, simple is best! (more)
  • My advice: Put a rub on it (for turkey or that pork loan), but skip all those expensive store bought concoctions - fresh and easy is best! Super easy 15 minute tactic to remarkably increase flavor and appearance of your fowl or pork! Rubs are easy, easy, easy, so don't stress about this. Feel free to add or subtract spices and herbs as you like, and make this your own. (more)
  • Oh boy that's good soup... Easy Posole, or Chicken and Hominy Soup The weather is perfect for this easier version of a classic Mexican dish. This soup is quick, easy, and good for you. (more)

 

Garden

 

 

 

 

Garden

  • If you've always wanted to plant a vine or two,  build and grow an extensive grape arbor, or start your own vineyard, January's the month to get it started with bare root plants from the nursery center, or starting your own cuttings using (often free) grape cuttings!(more)

 

Gingerbread Spice

Gingerbread Spice

  • The flavor of freshly baked gingerbread in a jar - Easy Apple Gingerbread Spice Jelly - I believe I got this new recipe spot-on. It is easy to make, can be done in less than an hour, and has the flavor of freshly baked gingerbread! This recipe turned out sooo good I thought twice about releasing it on the internet. In the end I decided to share. (more)
  • Kitchen Hack: Super easy five minute tactic to turn any pancake or waffle recipe into gingerbread - Why settle for ordinary? Use this simple and quick tactic that works with any pancake or waffle recipe, be it homemade, mix from a box, or gluten-free to taste just like gingerbread. Have them every week, or save them for Christmas, however you like. (more)
  • Gingerbread Spice Quick Drop Cookies - all the rich spices of gingerbread without all the work!- soft, chewy, quick drop cookies, loaded with ginger and cinnamon. (more)

pomegranate's arils

Pomegranates

  • How do I seed and juice pomegranates? -This is my personal method for making wonderfully clear juice. (more)
  • Pomegranate Jelly with Blended Habanero Chili - Hot and Sweet (It's Addicting) -If you like your jelly hot and sweet - this one's for you. (more)

 

Albion Strawberry Jam

Strawberries

  • Strawberry Jam: It Isn't Just for June Anymore - Inaugural Issue of Best Little Jam House - Albion Strawberry Jam is the stuff that dreams are made from. I have been waiting all year to make some of this fall jam. (more)
  • Strawberry Jam with Fresh Mint and Black Pepper - Adapted from Christine Ferber's Strawberry Jam Recipe - French Style Strawberry Jam (more)

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