4 Spoon Preserves That You Must Try!
First off, you may be asking yourself...what’s the difference between jam, jelly, and preserves? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the biggest difference between jelly, jam, and preserves is how much of the original fruit is used to make them. Jelly has the smoothest consistency and is made by crushing a fruit and discarding the solid chunky leftovers. This leaves only the fruit juice, which is then mixed with a substance called pectin and heated to form the gelatinous spread. Jam is similarly made by crushing a fruit, but this spread leaves in most of the solid pieces of the fruit’s fibers and seeds (if they’re small enough and safe to consume) to give it a spreadable consistency.
Of the three, preserves use the most of the fruit and are simply chopped smaller pieces of fruit that are mixed with sugar to keep them fresh and combined with a syrup or jam to contain them. And we're so excited to have four preserves for you to try by Girl Meets Dirt. Spoon preserves to be exact!
Now, what are spoon preserves? Spoon preserves, more like a traditional jam, have a softer set. They are at home on toast, dessert, or cheese. They will hold their shape on a cheese platter without a cute little bowl and demitasse spoon (the "spoons" do just fine dolloped on top of a gigantic wedge for a stunning, albeit messy presentation).All of Girl Meets Dirt spoon preserves are really, preserved fruit. They don’t try to hide the fruit in a sugar puree like many other jam makers. This is also why they don’t call their spoon preserves “jams”. They’re not. There’s way too much chunk going one (often finely chopped) for a smooth jam. But fear not, they get along with toast just fine.This makes the "spoons" pretty darn versatile. You can always puree them if you require a smooth ‘sauce’ for something, but we think you'd agree that little bit of fruit on a wedge of cheese is both delicious and attractive.
Who is Girl Meets Dirt? Girl Meets Dirt was born of the land. Grew limbs through storms, gained strength with rain, knowledge with history, rootedness with dirt under her fingernails. Seedlings rose, and bore fruit. And she watched, curious & hungry, and learned the art of stretching bounty into winter. This is where the story ends (it always ends) but begins anew – with worn muddy boots and kitchen clogs – a journey in steps, stems, pear seeds, plum pits, and apple flesh. A journey to the fruit of the matter & back, on one island farmette.
Here's a really COOL and informative video on Audra Lawlor, founder of Girl Meets Dirt. Her farm is located on Orcas Island, which is the largest of the San Juan Islands located in the northwestern corner of Washington State.
Each preserve is fruit forward, delicately spiced (if at all), handmade labors of love. Audra carefully sources the fruit from family orchards mostly in the islands -- some that have been around for several generations.
For Audra, terroir is essential to fruit trees, and abide by varietals that grow well on the island, on a particular hillside, or in Crow Valley, for example. If they mashed up five different varietals from five different farmers, they'd lose that connection. Girl Meets Dirt wants you to taste the fruit -- and where it came from. Single varietal is the best way to do that.
Now, here are the 4 spoon preserves that you must try!
Presenting Tomato Jam Spoon Preserves. Beautiful ruby Amish paste tomatoes from Maple Rock Farm on Orcas, sun-ripened and kissed by the ocean breezes in Crow Valley. Size 7.75 oz If you've never tried tomato jam, it was a revelation to us- you won't be disappointed. Fabulous with every cheese we've put it on -- and the hubby swears by it on a ham sandwich.
Presenting Orcas Pear with Bay Spoon Preserves. At the height of ripeness these locally discovered and cultivated pears cook beautifully into a rosy preserve, with notes of ginger from our fresh kitchen garden grown bay leaves. Highly versatile, this preserve is a gorgeous topping to pannacotta and cheesecake, and adds a sweet, lightly herbal note to cheese pairings.
Ingredients: Orcas pears, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice, fresh bay leaves.
Presenting Apple Caramel Spoon Preserves. Tart Gravenstein apples cut the sweetness of this deeply caramelized preserve, great with hard cheddars & goudas. New enhanced recipe has made this treat truly addictive with a light touch of sea salt. Size: 7.75 oz
Presenting the Rhubarb Lavender Spoon Preserves. Offering a perfect balance of tart & sweet with just a touch of floral, this deep pink preserve is gorgeous with soft, creamy cow’s milk cheeses, a buttered baguette, or dolloped over panna cotta or ice cream. A 2019 Good Food Awards Finalist!
Ingredients: rhubarb, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice, lavender.
About Cool Beans Box
OUR MISSION: To be your go-to shop for thoughtfully sourced, small-batch products created by talented makers from across the USA.
Our wish is that you feel compelled to say "COOL BEANS" each time you open your box.
OUR VALUES: We purchase from small shops throughout the USA. Because it's true, when you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance!
We collaborate with small shops that just don't make awesome products but also give back to the community. We do the same through box donations.
- Tags: all-natural anniversary gifts apple caramel apples caramel apple care package cheese pairings client gifts edible gifts farm farmer farmette food food for foodies foodie fruit fruit preserves gift gift ideas girl meets dirts gourmet gourmet foods healthy healthy living housewarming gifts lavender of the land orcas island organic pacific northwest pears preserves rhubarb san juan islands shop small single varietal Small Batch spoon spoon preserves terroir tomato tomatoes woman-owned yum
- Micaela Elizondo