Jam-Tacular!

What do you get when you put two over-ambitious, artisinal food-bent twenty-somethings together in a kitchen all day? You get a lot of jam! And a revamped spice collection. And a very, very messy dining room table. Last week my fabulous friend @jamsofthenest and I got together for another epic jam making day, complete with, of course, cocktails, to make the stirring a little less tedious. This time we tested tomato jam with a coriander, cardamon spice blend. Also on the agenda was marmalade because, well, the citrus just doesn't seem to want to go away yet this season, and therefore it must be preserved in all its glorious bounty.

The spices...that was a side task. To kick off the day we visited a wholesale jar and bottle company in the Ghetto, aka the Los Angeles industrial district, aka I'm surprised my care wasn't broken into in, aka if you ever need auto glass repair, I'll give you the directions. Anyway, at the bottle/jar store, we fell in love with some small glass bottles and decided it was spice rack revamp time. Joy!

Along with our spice jars, we bought dozens of different sized jam jars and tested them in processing. Quite an amusing experience. NOTE: look up the proper processing method for your type of jars before canning...you know, so you don't totally mess up like several jars and get tomato jam sludge all down the sides of your jars...not that this happened to us...I'm just saying...

So, here's a little play by play of the day in pictures. We're totally up for a major Jam-Tacular if you're interested. Because, you know, you also have like 20 lbs. of navel oranges sitting around that you have no idea what to do with...

Oh, and that marmalade? Well, let's just say trying to transform orange juice with a bit of zest in it into marmalade isn't exactly the "correct" method of making marmalade...

More pics after the jump...