Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jammin' to the break of day!

I recently discovered a new jam. I love playing with new flavors every season. I found this recipe for Strawberry Margarita Preserves. Since I am the Margarita Queen, I saw it as only fitting that I should whip some of this up! Its boozey flavors on top of strawberries make it so intricate and amazing. My Mom suggested some biscuits for a backdrop. I am thinking this is a good idea!

Strawberry Margarita Preserves
adapted from Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

6 cups strawberries cut in half, if they are large quartered
2 cups tart apple like a Granny Smith, chopped
4 cups sugar
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup Tequila
1/2 cup Grand Marnier or Curacao
7 - 8 oz. jars with bands and lids

Combine strawberries, apples, lemon jice and sugar in a large pot. Start to heat on low until sugar and fruits begin to melt. Once there is enough liquid in the pot, turn up the heat and begin to simmer. Cook for 30 to an hour, depending on how high your heat is. Since you are not adding pectin, you really want it to cook down so it sets well. (The apples and the lemon help the process along). Once it is to a gel stage, add the liquor. Simmer for five more minutes. Remove from heat and ladle into jars. Place lids on and screw the bands down fairly tight. Process in boiling water for ten minutes. Turn off heat, let sit for five minutes. Remove from heat.

When lids are sucked down, they are sealed. If for some reason one does not go down after about an hour, invert the jar and wait ten minutes and place upright again. This should do the trick. If it doesn't. Place in refrigerator to use instead of storing it.

It's nice to have some gifts ready to go when you need one!


Murasaki Shikibu said...

These are really lovely gifts. I'd love to get one of them anyway. ;)

kat said...

Oh, Matt is on a Margarita kick too, I have to show him this idea for his jam stash

Shelly said...

Love the ribbons on the jars...so pretty!
Hey missy, I made your sangria for our garden party last Saturday night...ooo-eee...was that ever a hit!

Mary said...

Lori, this looks delicious! Is that a new header or have I been zombi walking? I really like it. Have a wonderful day.

Grace said...

yep, one of these'd make a lovely gift, but the fact of the matter is, i don't think i could part with a single jar! nice creation. :)

Lucy said...

I'm a Margarita kind of girl myself, it's not after 5 yet ;-)

I must say that I've never seen this jelly before. It's gotta be over the top delicious! Thinking I must get to the farmers market.... fast!!

Ingrid said...

Yum, that does sound good despite the fact that I 've never had a margarita. :)

Donna-FFW said...

I will email you my address for one of these. Wow, they look gorgeous and sound delectable!

Anonymous said...

In keeping with the margarita theme, I'm wondering if you should sprinkle sea salt on the tops of your biscuits before baking them(presuming you are making them from scratch). Or maybe a little sprinkle after smearing the jam on the biscuit itself. Salt or no salt, it looks delicious.

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stephchows said...

HI! This jam sounds so good! I'm hosting a jam exchange this month and was wondering if you'd like to join in?? I'm trying to gather a whole bunch of people and all it takes is being willing to mail 2 jars of jam to someone. All the info to sign up is here: http://stephchows.blogspot.com/2009/07/jam-exchange.html

Hope you can join in!