While looking for Pomona’s Pectin recently, I came across this book. The recipes in here are for the most part all water bath canned so you don’t have to have a huge canner. They’re mostly all small quantity (4 – 5 half pints), though the recipes using Pomona’s Pectin can be doubled or tripled. If you’re looking for outstanding, unusual recipes to make as gifts, and want to try your hand at jelly making, I recommend this book.
Most of the recipes call for ingredients that are easy to get but the combinations aren’t you usual jellies. A few that caught my attention:
- Rosemary Wine Jelly
- Holiday Spiced Plum Jam
- Pear Ginger Jam
- Balsamic Fig Jam
- Peach-Champagne Jelly
There are recipes for preserves, conserves, jams . . this is a great book!
There isn’t a single recipe in this book that I wouldn’t love to try and while my guess is that all the recipes are available somewhere on the internet, it’s nice having a whole collection of them in a book and I never mind purchasing and recommending such a great resource.
If you order it, don’t forget to order the pectin too because chances are, it isn’t available for most of us locally and you’re going to want to make something as soon as the book arrives.
Just a side note connected with canning. Went to Tractor Supply yesterday to pick up some wide mouth quart jars. They are on sale for $9 a box. I think all the jars are on sale. All the quarts seemed to be that price.
Diana in RR,TX says
Guess I need to check out Sprouts- according to Pomona website they carry it!
Do you know if this pectin works well for uncooked freezer jam? I have never heard of this brand and have not been pleased the last couple of years making fresh strawberry freezer jam with the Ball pectin, following their instructions precisely. Just remains too runny. But we prefer the flavor of uncooked jams so I don’t want to process the jars in any way.
Mary Lou Sumberg says
Thank you for the lovely review of “Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin.” We are happy with how the book turned out and proud to have it out there in the world.
Just wanted to let you know that Pomona’s is actually available in 3,000+ stores across the US and Canada. We have a store locator on our website — http://www.pomonapectin.com. It is generally in natural food stores (Whole Foods, Sprouts, and many smaller stores), food coops, smaller independent retail stores, and Williams-Sonoma.
Also, in answer to the comment from Carol — yes, you can make raw freezer jam with Pomona’s. Raw strawberry freezer jam usually works quite well. You need to read and follow the directions that are in the box with the pectin. The directions are also available on our website, as are a number of FAQs about freezer jam.
Thanks again — and happy jamming!
I have the book and love it! And you’re right about the pectin being hard to find locally, at least in Maryland.
Dianne S. says
Looks like a book I need to add to my collection.