Lavender-Blueberry Jam

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This jam just went from a gold winner to multi platinum one with this secret ingredient: lavender! I do suggest this during the fall and winter months since lavender like to bloom during the spring time. Once you have your freshly grown lavender (or store bought) you will have to dry it out and grind it down into a powder. The awesome thing about this is that you do not need that much powder, so you can really use this for a lot of other things as well. So with your homegrown lavender and blueberries, you are able to make a wonderful treat where you know exactly where it came from.

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Yield 8 oz

Ingredients

1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Organic Chia Seeds

1/4 cup Madhava Organic Fair Trade RAW Blue Agave

3 cups fresh blueberries

½ tsp. fresh lavender, minced

 

Directions

  1. In a sauce pan, place berries over medium heat and add agave- stirring until the berries burst.
  2. Add chia seeds and continue to cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, until liquid has thickened some.
  3. Remove from heat and add the lavender. Pour into jar containers and allow to cool before placing in refrigerator.

 

Chef’s tip: Option to add 1/2 lemon zest or vanilla extract for added flavor.

 

Apple Sauce

Photo Cred: Jermaine Bullard

Ever wonder how it would be to take a bunch of apples and make your own apple sauce with out all that added sugar and preservatives? Well it’s a good thing you found yourself to this recipe because you are in for a real treat. Not only will your taste buds be exploding from the flavor but your house will be filled with an apple cinnamon flavor. It may just have your neighbors knocking on your door so be careful, it is that good.

Photo Cred: Jermaine Bullard

Yields 16 oz

Ingredients

8 apples, peeled, decoded, and sliced

1 1/2 cup filtered water

1/2 cup Florida Crystals Organic Cane Sugar

1 tsp. Vitacost organic ground cinnamon

 

Directions

  1. In a large stock pot, add chopped apples (peeled and de-cored), sugar, water, and cinnamon. Bring pot to high heat and boil for 15-20 minutes.
  2. In a blender or using a hand held masher, smash apples.
  3. Pour into a mason jar and allow to cool before lidding and placing in the refrigerator.

 

Chef’s tip: Substitute 1/4 cup applesauce in place of (1) egg for any baking recipe.

Peach Jam

Photo Cred: Ivy Becker

Are you getting tired of using butter on your toast each and every morning for breakfast? Taking some fresh peaches and mashing them up to create a fresh jam is super easy. Store bought food just is not cutting it anymore and this is a much better alternative to those varieties. Spread this peach jam on your toast and artisan sandwiches or wherever you’d like.

Photo Cred: Ivy Becker

Yields 8 oz 

Ingredients 

8 medium peaches 

1 cup Florida Crystals Organic Cane Sugar

1 small lemon, squeezed 

 

Directions 

  1. Remove skin and mash peaches 
  2. In a saucepan, add sugar and lemon juice to mashed peaches. 
  3. Boil for 10 minutes- stirring frequently. 
  4. Cool and pour into mason jar.  

Fresh Strawberry Jam

Hot diggity jam! Who would of thought mashed up fruit would taste this good? But what makes this particular recipe taste even better is that it’s made with fresh, local strawberries! Made with three simple ingredients, you’ll never look at store-bought jam the same way again. Once and for all, it’s time to ditch the sugar-laden fruit spreads for this mouthwatering jam. Spread it on toast, biscuits, bagels, pancakes and more!

 

Yields 12 oz

Ingredients

1 lb. fresh organic strawberries, tops cut off

2 cups Florida Crystals Organic Cane Sugar

1/2 medium lemon, squeezed

Directions 

 

1. Cut strawberries into fourths and mash. Pour into medium saucepan. 

 

2. Add sugar and lemon juice. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar fully dissolves. 

 

3. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Stir mixture frequently for 10 minutes. Once mixture thickens, remove from heat and dispense equally into sterilized mason jars. Seal to cool.

 

To learn how to can your jam for a prolonged shelf life, click here

 

 

Chef’s tip: Strawberry tops contain a lot of beneficial nutrients. Instead of tossing them, save the leafy green tops of your strawberries for your compost bin or freeze them for your next smoothie.