Grandad’s Orchard Blueberry-Peach Jam

I picked up a jar of Grandad’s Orchard Blueberry-Peach Jam at a farmer’s market here in Fort Wayne.

The listed ingredients are sugar, blueberries, peaches, pectin, allspice, cloves, cinnamon.  There is no nutrition label, so I had no idea how many grams of sugar per tablespoon (other than the fact that sugar is listed first), and the young lady tending the table was not helpful on the subject.  But I thought I would give it a try.

A knowledgeable observer would note the interesting trifecta of spices:  allspice, cloves, and cinnamon.  A quick glance at google search results shows them used for mulling cider, etc.   That would be OK.  A blueberry peach jam that has a flavor of being mulled.

But that’s not what I tasted.  I tasted pumpkin pie.  The texture is not pumpkin pie,  but the flavor is.  This made for an odd peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Perfectly edible,  but strange.

A keen eye might also have noted the hash marks on the label.  I put them there.  I have on occasion kept track of how many sandwiches I got out of a given jar of jam.  There is quite a wide variation on this depending on the textures of the jams.  I knew as soon as I made the first sandwich that this jam was not going to go far.  In fact, as the hatch marks show,  I got only five sandwiches from this jar.  The jar was $5.00 so it added $1.00 to the cost of each sandwich.   Tastes strange and is expensive!    Looking at my records I show the following size jars producing this number of sandwiches:  20 oz., 23 sandwiches; 16 oz., 16 sandwiches; 12 oz, 13 sandwiches;  10.5 oz., 13 sandwiches; 8.5 oz, 11 sandwiches.

So five sandwiches from five ounces is not much.  And the $5.00 for 5 ounces is expensive!

For the record, here is a pic of the portion of Grandad’s Orchard Blueberry-Peach Jam I put on the sandwich:

The label shows a website: which does show Grandad’s Orchard products, but I can not find the blueberry peach jam there.

White Tea Key Lime Raspberry Preserve

I have never been able to drink any beverage with the word tea in the name.  It is difficult for me to not spit tea out.  Horrible, horrible stuff.

But key lime stuff is usually very good.  And Raspberries are fantastic.

So Debby and I were traveling home from out northeast a few years ago and we stopped I don’t know where but I’m thinking it was far west New York near Pennsylvania.

I browsed the preserves.  And there it was:  White Tea Key Lime Raspberry Preserve made by Cherchies in Malvern, PA.  I almost didn’t get it due to white tea being not only in the name, but first!!  On the other hand, it was only $5 (at that time) for 13.5 oz and there was the key lime and raspberry part.

So I bought it.  I’m a bit more adventurous than I used to be.

Outstanding preserves.  Great flavor that is completely different than anything I’ve ever had.  Not just different, but good different. It’s been awhile since I ran out so I can’t be more specific.  But I sure was sorry when I ran out.

I can’t wait to be out that way again.  I’ll be stocking up a bit the next time I find the stuff.

Maybe I’ll even break down and order some one of these days.

Wilson Farms Jam

I forget what it was Debby and I were doing in that part of Indiana earlier this summer when we happened upon Wilson Farm Market.  Well, we were driving around to see what we might see when we happened upon the market.  I simply do not remember why we were in that part of the state.

Anyways.  We stopped at the market and looked around, Debby looking for fresh fruits and vegetables and I, seeing food in jars started looking for the jams.

I bought one jar of Red Raspberry Jam with No Granulated Sugars Added.  It has only five grams of sugar and the ingrediant list shows red raspberries (always nice to see the fruit come in first!), white grape concentrate, pectin,  and water.  And it cost $4.99 for 18 ounces!

And the next time we are down that way, I’ll buy more.  Excellent jam.  Not at all too sweet.  The bulk of the jam consisted of bits of raspberry still intact and had a good flavor of red raspberries.  If you like red raspberries, I don’t know how you would not like this jam.

The only nit I would pick is the amount of water added.  Not that the product is thin particularly, but I think it could be thicker than it was.

Wilson Farms raspberry jam label
Wilson Farms raspberry jam label

Peanut Butter and Jelly

A few years ago (I really have no idea how many, three? four? five maybe?), I abandoned the practice of eating lunch out.  I used to eat out five days a week, but it got to the point that I could no longer afford to do so.

I started “brownbagging” it.  A cooler, several cans of caffeine free Coca-Cola, and two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  The first jelly was what I found in the fridge, Welch’s Grape Jelly.  Then a few jars of Smuckers.

Over time, when Debby and I did any traveling, I started buying jars of jam at various gift shops, wineries and other retail stores that we stopped in.  As the cans of Coca-Cola decreased with bottles of water replacing them, I also began to learn what I wanted in a jam.

I much prefer preserves to jelly;  I like to have some pieces of fruit in the jam.  I learned that if the sugars were over ten grams in a tablespoon, it would be too sweet (today there is only water in the cooler, no Coca-Cola….not even in the house!).  Also, I avoid any jam that lists corn syrup or any thing like it in the ingrediants.   I also prefer that the ingrediant list begins with the appropriate fruit and the fewer ingrediants the better.

Two weekends ago, Debby had a weekend with her daughter in St. Louis.  One of the places they went to was the Missouri Botanical Garden.  While there, Debby, being the loving, thoughtful person she alway is, bought a jar of jam for me.  She checked the label.  No corn syrup and 2 grams of sugar per serving.

It did not take long for me to check the nutrition label when Debby gave me the preserves.  “Two grams of sugar…gee, that might not be sweet enough,” I thought to myself.  But I had just recently finished off a jar of jam that had only five grams of sugar and it was excellent.  So I looked forward to trying my new preserves.

Just a couple of days later, I finished the jar I was using and opened my new preserves.  I made the second sandwich with the new stuff, the first sandwich with the last of the previous jar.  Then I licked the knife.

It tasted very sweet.

When I ate the sandwiches, I knew immediately when I bit into the one with the Missouri Botanical Garden Blackberry Preserves.  It was sweet.  Very sweet.  Too sweet.

There is no way in heck that those preserves have only two grams of sugar per serving.  That jar is so sweet, I can’t even believe that the two is a misprint for twelve.  Twenty one maybe.  It is not edible.

I will further comment that the preserves have a texture more akin to jelly than to preserves.  There is little if any pieces of fruit.   It is hard for me to judge due to the overwhelming sweetness, but the blackberry flavor that I think I maybe can detect is good.

I wonder if Debby can get her money back?