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    Opening up jars: Apricot~Pineapple Jam

    iPhone photo  - June 10th, 2011

    I just opened up a jar of jam I made nearly a year ago. Part of my promise to myself to open up the older jars in the pantry to make way for my newer projects. You know what? The contents of the jar are even more flavorful and complex than the test jar I sampled right after I made it last July. 

    Apricot~Pineapple Jam always reminds me of my grandma....

    ...she didn't make jams so she bought a store brand. It didn't matter to me. I was a kid and I didn't know there was a difference at the time.  She knew apricot + pineapple was hands-down my favorite combination and she always made sure to have one jar in the fridge plus a back-up in the cupboard. After tasting a spoonful of these shimmery golden-orange preserves straight out of the jar this morning, I think it's still my favorite combo but this time it's organic and made with my own hands.

    Now if only my grandma were here to enjoy it with me. Such sweet memories. I realize once again that part of my passion for food is the connection it gives us to our pasts. I think my grandma Miney would be very pleased, knowing such simple things she did for me continue to inspire me on a daily basis.

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    Is there a recipe for this?

    June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Frisch

    Sorry, I meant to check to notify me with comments via email.

    June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Frisch

    Laura -- I do have the recipe written down on a piece of paper and I WILL post it, but for now I just felt inspired to take a photo and write a short post.
    It's a really simple recipe but it takes me a bit of time to type it up and put it into a printable format. I will do it today though! I think it takes more time to type it up than it does to make the recipe...LOL.

    June 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterBrook Hurst Stephens

    Hello again Laura.

    Well, I promised to have the recipe on the website today and I made it happen with 45 minutes to spare!

    The link to the printable recipe can be found by clicking on the word "Apricot~Pineapple Jam" in the blog post, or by clicking here -- I think -- let's see if this works, okay?

    Thanks again.


    June 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterBrook Hurst Stephens

    this sounds delish...I wonder if I could substitute peaches (which in GA are in abundance right now) for apricots?

    June 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterliv

    Hi Liv ~

    Yes! Peaches would be great. A couple of tips about using peaches:

    1.) They will probably be juicier than my apricots so be sure to boil the mixture until the thermometer reaches 220.
    2.) Use a pan that's wide & low as opposed to tall & skinny.

    You want the maximum amount of evaporation to take place while you're boiling the mixture.

    Oh, one more tip: use peaches that are firm. If you use peaches that are mushy or too ripe, they won't have as much pectin. Just barely ripe is much better than too ripe. Don't worry...the flavor will concentrate as it cooks.

    Thanks for reading my blog!

    June 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterBrook Hurst Stephens
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