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Blueberry Habanero Jam

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It’s officially blueberry U-Pick season in Florida, and we wanted to give you all a delicious sweet and spicy jam recipe to inspire you to get out there and pick some blueberries! We of course love our Blues Berry Farm, and their U-Pick is happening now until the 12th from 8a-4p.

So today we give you our Blueberry Habanero jam filled with local blueberries, habaneros, cinnamon, and clove. It’s sweet, spicy, and a little cozy. So it’s perfect for eating with cheese, using as the base to a flatbread, or in a ham and cheese biscuit.

We’ve posted LOTS of pickle recipes on this blog so it’s high time we post our first jam recipe! One of the biggest differences between pickling and making jam is the use of pectin. We recommend Pamona’s Pectin, a vegan and gluten free pectin made from dehydrated citrus peels. Pectin is a natural thickener and helps your jam set to a spreadable consistency. When using this pectin, you also have to use calcium water (which comes with it). Calcium water is simply a binding agent for the pectin and adds no flavor. This may sound like a lot, but never fear, jam making is EASY! Let’s do it!

BLUEBERRY HABANERO JAM

Makes about 6-8 half pint jars

INGREDIENTS:
• 8 cups blueberries
• 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
• 2 Tbsp calcium water
• 2 ts minced habaneros (or more for a spicier kick)
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 1/8 ts ground clove 
• 4 cups sugar
• 3 1/2 ts pectin

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Fill your canner about 3/4 full of water and place it on the back of your stove. Allow it to come to a boil.

2. Wash your jars, lids and rings in hot soapy water by hand. Place lids and rings on a dish towel on your counter or table.

3. In a non-reactive pot add fruit, calcium water, apple cider vinegar, habaneros, cinnamon sticks, and ground clove.

4. Put pot on medium high heat stirring frequently until mixture comes up to a low boil.

5. Allow the mixture to boil for 10 minutes until all the fruit is broken down.

6. Find your cinnamon sticks and toss. Then use a potato masher or immersion blender to break the fruit down further and get the consistency you want.

7. In a bowl add sugar and pectin. Whisk together very well.

8. Add sugar mixture to your pot on the stove, turn it on high and stir for 1 full minute. After it comes to a boil, take it off the stove.

9. Place canning funnel onto your first jar and ladle in jam leaving a 1/4 inch headspace (1/4 inch headspace is the first line from the top of the rim) Proceed to fill all jars the same way.

10. With a damp cloth or paper towel, wipe the rim of each jar.

11. Add lids and rings to each jar, closing each finger tight. You don’t have to crank down hard, just snug.

12. Using your jar lifter, place sealed jars down into the canner. Make sure there is at least 2 inches of water over the tops of the jars and that the water is at a full rolling boil.

13. Put lid on and process jars for 10 minutes.

14. When your timer is up remove lid and using jar lifter take the jar out of the canner and place them onto the dish towel to cool overnight.

13. The next day check to make sure that the lids are sealed. Date jars and store in a cool dry place. If you have any lids that don't seal place in fridge for immediate use.

Refrigerator Jam Version:

Follow all instructions above from steps 2 to 11, then:

  1. Allow to cool over night on the counter. 

  2. Refrigerate next day.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE? COMMENT BELOW!


Are you intimidated by the canning process? We don't want you to be! Canning is a preservation method used for hundreds of years, and we want you to feel confident doing it at home! We teach how to pickle, can, and jam in our workshops. Click here to find a class!

Breakfast Board with Berries + Thyme Jam

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Are breakfast boards the new charcuterie board?! Our answer is Y-E-S! We’re wishing for the weekend right now so we can throw one of these boards together and eat some breakfast in bed. You may be wondering what to use your new Berries + Thyme with, and breakfast food is one of our favorite ways!

To make a bomb breakfast board you need:

•Something sweet
•Something salty
•Something carby (or a few things let’s be real)
•Something with protein

So you know we’ve got you covered with something sweet, our Berries + Thyme jam! We slather it on yogurt, waffles, croissants, or all bread of any kind really. The thyme adds a hint of earthy, savory flavor that goes well with anything breakfast.

For the salt, we had to have bacon. Because what would a breakfast be without it? And you can tell we like carbs because on our perfect breakfast board there’s at least 2; waffles and croissants!

To add some healthiness and filling protein we added eggs and a bowl of greek yogurt into the mix, as well as some fresh blueberries!

The sky is the limit with these boards! Put your own spin on it by adding some cheese, biscuits, oatmeal and more!

What would YOU add to your ideal breakfast board?

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HAPPY BREAKFAST-ING!


If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!

Cheese Please: Berries + Thyme Jam and Cheese

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We’ve JUST launched our first blueberry pre-order of the season, Berries + Thyme, and we are so excited about it! We’re taking the last strawberries of Florida strawberry season, and the first berries of Florida blueberry season and making a sweet, herbal jam you can use on anything….especially cheese.

Ok, now for the cheese! Because Berries + Thyme is a sweet jam with a savory component, truly any cheese pairs deliciously. We chose 3 of our favorite types of cheeses to share with you. Any of these types of cheese paired with nut crackers and our limited batch jam will take your wine night to the next level!

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While so many cheeses will be delicious with Berries + Thyme, we fall hard for:

• Triple Cream Cheeses (like a Brie)

• Stilton Cheeses (like a Blue)

• Toscano Cheese (a nice hard cheese, usually a Pecorino. Ours is crusted in herbs!)

If you haven’t pre-ordered your Berries + Thyme, hurry! You only have until next Monday to order, and once it’s out for the public, it won’t be around long! You can pre-order it here.

Apple Pie Toast

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You know those morning where you want something cozy, comforting, and a little sweet for breakfast? We got you. We know what you’re really wanting is a warm slice of pie, but let’s be honest, we know we can’t eat that most mornings. In comes our Apple Pie Toast, which is dare we say it better than eating actual pie for breakfast?! We toasted some break in the cast iron skillet, smeared some Mascarpone cheese on it, and topped it with our Spiced Apple jam, granola, and an apple slice. A little savory, a little sweet, a lot satisfying.

Now if you don’t know anything about our Spiced Apple jam, it’s basically apple pie in a jar. With a flavor complex similar to apple butter, but all the spices you’d find in an apple pie. Check out what’s in it in our picture below.

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Spiced Apple Jam

• Ginger

•Cinnamon

• Nutmeg

• Clove

• Allspice

• Granny Smith Apples (to balance out the sweetness)

Apple Pie Toast

To create 1 piece of toast you'll need:

• 1 slice of multi grain bread
• 1/4 cup of olive oil
• 1 Tb Mascarpone cheese
• 1 Tb Spiced Apple Jam
• 1 Tb granola
• thinly sliced granny smith apples
• cast iron skillet

Instructions:

1. Heat up your cast iron skillet on medium high.
2. Now add 1/4 cup of olive oil to the pan.
3. Fry both sides of the bread slice until toasted and brown. It takes me close to 5 minutes per side. (NOTE: If you are making more than 1 piece of toast you will need to keep adding 1/4 cup of olive oil in the pan before each slice of toast goes in)
4. After the bread is fried smear the Mascarpone cheese all over it.
5. Next top the Mascarpone cheese with the Spiced Apple jam, granola, and apples.
6. Add a dash of cinnamon and enjoy!


If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!

PB+J Sandwiches 3 Ways with Strawberry Bourbon Jam

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We came across this Bon Appetit article this week about different ways to make the best PB+J sandwiches according to chefs across the country. We spotted a lot of strawberry jam in these sandwich ideas, and with the launch of our Strawberry Bourbon jam this weekend, we HAD to test a few out. Get your Strawberry Bourbon jam, fav PB, bread and a few extras and get ready for the tastiest PB+Js around!


PB+J #1

Our first PB+J idea comes from Chef Peter Lemon of Wax Paper in LA.

Take potato bread and layer with creamy peanut butter, Strawberry Bourbon jam, fresh peanuts, and freshly cut strawberries. For easiest sandwich eating, cut in a diagonal!


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PB+J #2

Our second PB+J idea comes from Chef John Bates of Noble Sandwich Co in Austin, TX.

Toast brioche bread in a cast iron skillet with both sides layered with crunchy peanut butter and Strawberry Bourbon jam. For easiest sandwich eating, cut in a diagonal!


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PB+J #3

Our last PB+J idea comes from Chef Casey Rebecca Nunes of Media Noche in San Fransisco.

First mix some sambal (buy it here) with creamy peanut butter. Then fry up some bacon and layer your bread with spicy peanut butter, Strawberry Bourbon jam, and bacon. Add a tablespoon of butter to the skillet and fry sandwich on both sides.


We wanna know! Which sandwich are you going to try with your Strawberry Bourbon jam? Show us your PB+Js!

If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!

Caramel Apple Cold Brew Icee

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It’s National Coffee Day*, and we’re feeling ALL the cold brew coffee vibes (because it’s still way hot here)! We’ve partnered up with our local cold brew friends, Made Coffee this weekend to share a super easy, and delicious treat using nitro cold brew coffee and jam!

Yup, coffee and jam work SO well together! And because our A/C was out today and we’re feeling sluggish we created a Caramel Apple Cold Brew Icee. It was so good and cold, and just what we needed to keep us going. In this recipe we feature Made Coffee’s traditional cold brew, however any of their cold brew coffees will work! We also used our Caramel Apple jam.

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Caramel Apple Cold Brew Icee

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

• 8 oz ice
• 8 oz Made Coffee Cold Brew
• 1 oz cream
• 3 TB Caramel Apple Jam

Directions:

1. Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth.

2. Enjoy!

*If you can’t get enough of National Coffee day, head over to our Instagram where you can enter to win a basket of goodies from us and Made Coffee this weekend!


If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!


Sunny Side Up Pear Habanero Breakfast Tacos

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We’re turning up the heat this weekend with spicy Sunny Side Up Pear Habanero Breakfast Tacos! Sweet, spicy, salty, and creamy with egg yolk, you might find yourself eating more than one. We used our Pear Habanero jam as the base of this taco, and layered on chorizo sausage and a perfectly fried egg. Add some avocado or cook up on the hash browns on the side!

Sunny Side Up Pear Habanero Breakfast Tacos

Serves 4

Ingredients:

• Corn tortillas

• 4TB Pear Habanero jam

• 4 eggs

• package of Chorizo sausage

• cracked pepper

Bacon bits (optional)

Instructions:

1. Warm up your jam and glaze on the tortillas.

2. Slice and fry up your chorizo and place on tortillas.

3. Then fry your eggs sunny side up, and top off your breakfast taco.

4. Sprinkle some cracked pepper on top, and enjoy!


If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!


Toast Tuesday! French Toast w/ Whipped Cream + Jam

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Hand made whipped cream is basically the most delicious thing you'll ever taste in your life and I'm only being mildly dramatic. One of the things I didn't know until today (when I talked our lady Jamie into making some for us) is just how much better it is than pre-made whipped cream! Jamie only used a bowl and a whisk to whip it up and watching the cream transform was straight magic! It tastes oh so good with jam on top of french toast! French toast always seemed like something that required a lot of time to make, but we ended up frying up 5 pieces and whipped the cream all in about 10 minutes! Find the recipe below!

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To create 1 piece of toast you'll need:

For the whipped cream you need:

  • 3 Cups of heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 Ts Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups powdered sugar

You'll need a whisk, a bowl and a cast iron skillet.

Instructions:

  1. First, to make the home made whipped cream all you need to do is add the heavy cream, vanilla extract and powdered sugar into a medium sized mixing bowl and begin to whisk it aggressively! It takes about 10 minutes or so to whisk it into whipped cream! You can also use a hand held mixer or stand up mixer, but honestly just a whisk and a bowl and a little elbow grease will do! This recipe will make about a quart of whipped cream!
  2. Next preheat your cast iron skillet and make sure it's seasoned well. If not add a little bit of olive oil to it! Make sure it doesn't get too hot!
  3. In a mixing bowl add egg, brown sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Whisk together! 
  4. Next add the slice of bread and let it soak in the egg mixture.
  5. Add the eggy toast to your skillet and fry for about 3-5 minutes until each side is brown! 
  6. Top with whipped cream and your choice of jam! We used Strawberry Balsamic + Cracked Pepper and Blueberry Lavender Vanilla!
  7. Enjoy!
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If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!