We’re Jammin’

by Sarah on February 25, 2011 · 7 comments

Feel free to listen to the song that inspired my horribly trite* blog post title while you read. Although I prefer “Buffalo Soldier,”"Redemption Song,” or “People Get Ready” myself.

*Favorite word I learned in 10th grade English PSAT study sessions? Potentially.

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In my post regaling the joys of frozen produce in winter (or really, if you get creative–and it’s less expensive than what is in season–any time of the year), I said that one of my favorite ways to use frozen fruits is to create fruit “jam”…or jam-like substances, if you want to get technical and scientific. Although I have typically called these “buttah”….unless there is a can of pumpkin involved, they really are jammin‘. Whatever I decide to name ‘em–and it changes minute to minute sometimes–the fact is, they are delicious, impressive, and easy-as-pie (filling…which they also resemble sometimes).
Today, we shall call them 2 x 2* Frozen Fruit Jam. Today’s flavor? Strawberry-Rhubarb. Funny I should mention pie…because that is exactly what inspired this batch.

*the ants go marching…

Well, and the fact that frozen rhubarb was on sale at Sprouts.
If you are like me, the only time you have—or most likely ever will, regardless of the Rhubarb Coalition’s* efforts to infiltrate healthy cooking magazines at least once a year proclaiming its uses outside of a flaky crust–eaten rhubarb is in pie form. I distinctly remember the first time I ever tried it, as an 11-year-old in the kitchen of my dad’s current ‘gal pal.’ And although he didn’t fall in love with HER, I fell in love with the flavor of that pie.

*as far as I know, this does not exist…but they could be monitoring this post right now, so I better give them some credit

Funny, however, that I can’t recall ever eating it again after that. But this is just further proof that momentous occasions and incidences from our youth haunt us forever…[dun. Dun. DUN!]

For this 2 x 2 Frozen Fruit Jam, you’ll need a bag of frozen rhubarb, and one of frozen strawberries.

And then, follow these easy steps.

Step One: Combine frozen fruit in a heavy sauce pan.
Step Two: Turn up the heat to medium, and cook until reduced to jam-like consistency.
Note: You can stop right here if you’d like to use this as a sauce instead of a jam. Great on pancakes, ice cream, or…well, wherever you want to put it.*
*Get your minds out of the gutter people. I KNOW some of you went there.
See? Two ingredients. Two steps. Two…by….two.

Although, really, if we’re going to get all technical about it…there ARE more than just two steps. You’ve got to open each of the bags, and stir pretty regularly so you don’t burn the stuff. And then you’ll have to actually put it into a storage container (like an old jam or jelly jar).

But you get the idea.There is also an optional addition to the mix: sugar. In the case of using rhubarb, I highly recommend it…because man, that stuff is BITTER.

I never usually add it with any of my other jams or ‘buttahs’ though.Once it’s ready…dig in! Lick it from the spoon or have it with your breakfast. [It also can act sort of like the fruit-on-the-bottom of those Dannon yogurts that remind me of being a small child...without all the added sugar that puts them on the "worst 'health' foods" lists over and over and over again...]

[I ate this at 2:30 in the afternoon. Breakfast, snack, whatever.]

Although I DID discover that this particular jam makes a very nice, but kind of odd, pairing with salty ham and mild Monterey Jack cheese. That whole sweet/salty/creamy thing going on…

And yes, that is the same English muffin in the previous photo. (P.S.* These are the best English muffins ever.)

*Can I say P.S. if I’m not really at the end. It does mean post script. It was post the script up there…but no everything else is really like a P.P.S. right?

I just kept building to show the variety of uses of a saucepan jam. (And exchanged orange sides—carrots for cantaloupe–in order to fool the audience.*)
*Then told you. Because it’s what I do.
You can totally put more cheese on it. I’m just not a cheesy girl.OK, fine…I’m CHEESY, but I just don’t need a lot of the actual cheese dairy product to make me happy. I do need this though:

2 x 2 Frozen Fruit Jam

2 bags of frozen fruit of your choice
Optional:

  • Sugar (brown, white, or artificial)
  • Coconut
  • Chocolate? Maybe?

1. Combine fruit (and optional add-ins) in a heavy saucepan.
2. Turn up heat until fruit begins to break down and boil; reduce heat and simmer for about an hour or until everything is at a jam-like consistency. [It will thicken further as it cools.]

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You really should try it with the ham and cheese…it really is delicious. By the by…the ham in that sandwich was the Oscar Meyer Carving Board Ham I bought at Super Target with a coupon, but had wanted to try.Guess what? It’s slightly salty, thick ‘n meaty yumminess. It does, in fact, taste like ham from the bone. (Or should I say…from the carving board?)

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Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo February 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I am supah jealous of your Sprouts…grocery stores here don't put things on clearance…it makes me sad because I'm such a sucker for a bargain (especially when it comes to food).

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Tricia @ Saving room for dessert February 25, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Im with Claire – our stores never put anything on clearance. BAYOR – buy at your own risk :) And you had me thinking you made homemade English Muffins for a minute there! Fruit sounds great right now – such a lovely combination. Have a wonderful weekend.

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Eden February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm

My goodness am I in j heaven right now! I make something similar only I use gelatin so it really resembles a jelly almost. Anyhow Im on board for trying yours as well since I put jam on everything I don't put ketchup and mustard on.

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Missy February 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm

mmmmmm….good.
I do the same deal…I have been calling it compote…but using it ike jelly because I can't find one without aditives. I'll be googling compote later to see what exactly a fruit compote is.

I love your cheesiness. I wonder what your thoughts are on nutritional yeast? I cannot get enough of that stuff…have you tried it?
You may not be into cheese but you may like that stuff. It's good in…everything? On everything. Except maybe Asian cuisine..haven't gone there yet.

Have you tried it?

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Angela February 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Looks so good! Ive always wante to try making my own jam…this is inspiring!

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Leila @ Spinach and Skittles February 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I wish we had a Sprouts! Sigh.
Yes, you can totally stick a p.s. in anywhere you find appropriate. I do it all the time. There is a reason I don't teach language arts.

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