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Test Kitchen recipes: jams, jellies and more

  • California Cook: Making jam in small batches (with big pleasure)

    California Cook: Making jam in small batches (with big pleasure)

    Quick ways to turn small amounts of fruit into jam while indulging your spontaneous, experimental side.

  • Recipe: Plum ketchup

    Recipe: Plum ketchup

      Plum ketchup Total time: About 11/2 hours Servings: Makes about 10 (8-ounce) jars Note: Adapted from Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections. Sweet smoked paprika and Marash pepper are available at specialty spice stores. 1 pound Roma tomatoes 4 pounds Santa Rosa plums or other black-skinned plums...

  • Recipe: Zucchini relish

    Recipe: Zucchini relish

      Zucchini relish Total time: About 1 hour Servings: Makes a generous 9 cups Note: Adapted from Kevin West. 3 pounds small zucchini 1 pound white onions 1 pound red and yellow bell peppers 3 tablespoons kosher salt 3 cups cider vinegar 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon pickling salt or coarse sea salt,...

  • Recipe: Tomato marmalade

    Recipe: Tomato marmalade

    Tomato marmalade Total time: About 1 hour, 40 minutes Servings: Makes about 8 cups marmalade Note: Adapted from Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections. 4 oranges (navel, Valencia or blood are all fine) 6 cups sugar, divided 1/2 cup water 10 pounds Roma tomatoes 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon black...

  • Recipe: Perfumed nectarine jam

    Recipe: Perfumed nectarine jam

      Perfumed nectarine jam Total time: 40 minutes, plus macerating time Servings: About 5 cups 2 pounds pitted, cut-up nectarines 13/4 pounds sugar (about 4 cups) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon chopped lemon verbena (or 2 teaspoons chopped basil or 1 teaspoon chopped rose geranium) 1. In a...

  • Recipe: Nectarine jam

    Recipe: Nectarine jam

    Total time: 20 minutes Servings: 8 to 10 1 cup sugar 1/4cup water 2 pounds (about 7) nectarines, sliced 1. Combine the sugar and water until it's the consistency of wet sand. Cook the mixture over high heat to a light golden caramel, about 10 minutes. 2. Add half the nectarines. Stir the fruit...

  • Recipe: Strawberry preserves

    Recipe: Strawberry preserves

      Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes plus 8 hours standing This recipe works best with weights (how would you know if you were a few strawberries short of a pint?). Use equal amounts of fruit and sugar. We've listed approximate volume measures if you don't have a scale (2 pints...

  • Recipe: Fig jam crescents

    Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Servings: Makes 32 cookies Note: Sparkling sugar is a decorative sugar; granulated sugar may be substituted. Fig jam filling 1/2 pound Black Mission figs (about 10 small figs) 1/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup water 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1. Remove the...

  • Les Comtes de Provence's organic clementine preserves

    Tangerine dreamFor one more jar of jam, marmalade or preserves to earn a spot front and center on an already loaded pantry shelf, it's got to be divine. Les Comtes de Provence's organic clementine preserves, made in Provence from that sweet variety of tangerine, deserve prime real estate. Prepared...

  • Recipe: Quick cherry preserves

    Total time: 35 minutes Servings: Makes 1/2 cup Note: From Kim Boyce. Sour cherry syrup by Zergut is found in Middle Eastern markets. 1/4cup sugar 1/2 pound firm cherries, stemmed, pitted and halved (about 1 1/4 cups) 2 tablespoons sour cherry syrup 1 tablespoon butter 1. Place a small heavy-bottomed...

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