What a day!
We have no family down here in Alachua and, well, by the looks of it, no friends, either! At least not on Christmas Day. But we are having a great time hanging out with our nuclear atoms. It is downright hot in Alachua and we have been spending the day outdoors. During a pit stop back home while my husband was napping and my proton and electron were watching the animated Ramayana, I headed upstairs to sneak in a little jam making.
Since I am no longer “Jam for Sale” and more just doing it for “The Love of Jam” (<—-no, I don't know why I am capitalizing here), I was feeling rather liberated. Like, abandoning the "Locals Only" mantra, I could actually use those bags of cranberries sitting in my fridge. Hey, every fruit is a local somewhere.
But speaking of local, I had a box of sour sour oranges that my friend Padmakski (Padi) picked from her folks’ tree a couple of weeks back. Wasn’t that nice of her? These oranges were *local* and *organic,* so that kind of makes up for the cranberries. I combined a quart of juice, zest and triangular peel wedges with a quart of cranberries. To that mixture I added a pinch of cinnamon, ginger and allspice (couldn’t find the cloves). Boil boil sugar and toil and presto-chang-o…Jamalade. Or Marmajam. Whatever… super good, tart and RED!
Sour Orange + Cranberry
This batch was a real winner and guess what? It’s not for sale! Honestly, this stuff is priceless. June Taylor
charges over 10 bucks for 8 ounces of her jam and you know, having made jam myself, I think she should charge double. But let’s face it, 10 bucks + is already a lot to pay for jam. That is why I am semi-closing down the jam shop once the new year hits the calender. But more on that later in the week.
For now I am just enjoying the warmth of my jars and the company of my family.
XO + Jam