Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ginger Jam (Toast Topper #52) - Gifts from the #SundaySupper Kitchen

It's a well-established tradition with me to make boxes of assorted canned, candied and baked treats for my friends and family at Christmas. While it started as purely a cost-saving measure, over the years I've turned it more into an excuse to avoid the insanity of the malls while bringing a little taste of "gourmet" to my giftees. Homemade gifts also allow me to really customize the things I give to people, meaning that my grandma would be more touched by Strawberry Preserves with Grandpa's Sherry than a jar of the most expensive marmalade you could buy, and I could jack up the flavour of this ginger preserve to 100 for my rhizome-loving coworker and friend.

If you love the spicy snap of ginger in any form, you'll adore this jam too - I found the original recipe in my copy of the Best of Bridge Home Preserving cookbook and jacked up the ginger a touch more to really liven up the apple juice base. When Winter is promising to be cold, blustery and full of germs (I've already had a sinus infection and am still fighting the flu), the maximum amount of warming, sinus-clearing anti-nauseants are definitely a welcome addition to any toast, stir fry or (according to my mom) baked salmon! I even mixed a spoonful into sliced apples for pie and wow, was that a hit!

Ginger Jam

But I'm not the only one making homemade gifts this year - our #SundaySupper gang is breaking out the jars, bags, boxes and tags to create something special (and spectacular) from the kitchen this week. With the array we have to choose from today, even the longest gift card wall can't hold a candle to our gifts! Whether your intended craves sweet or savory, a warm drink or a spicy dinner mix, you're sure to find simply perfect inspiration here.



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Ginger Jam
Makes ~4 ½ cups, 36 (2 tbsp) servings
450 ml (13.5 fl oz) unsweetened apple juice
3 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1/3 cup diced crystallized ginger
1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
2 ½ cups sugar
1 pouch liquid pectin
  1. Combine apple juice and grated ginger in a deep pot and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in candied ginger and lemon juice, then add sugar in a steady stream, stirring constantly.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring, then whisk in pectin and return to a full boil.
  4. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat and stir for 5 minutes to prevent floating ginger.
  6. Can in a water bath for 10 minutes or store in the fridge for 1 month.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 72.0
Total Fat: 0.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 3.4 mg
Total Carbs: 17.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
Protein: 0.0 g