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June 2006
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Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Jams, Jellies & Nut Butters

The Best Strawberry Jams & Preserves

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The Best Pure Strawberry Jams & Preserves

We tasted more than 100 brands to develop this list of finalists.

  • Green Briar Jam Kitchen Strawberry Jam. The Thornton Burgess Society in Massachusetts produces this, a thin syrup with enormous strawberry chunks. Several whole berries were found in the jar, in fact. Intense berry flavor, with a very clean aftertaste. Contains neither pectin nor lemon juice.
  • Westmoreland Berry Farm and Orchard Strawberry Preserves. A duller red color than most with a good berry flavor. Not too sweet, with very good fruit flavor. Thick with enormous chunks of strawberries. A winner.
  • Whitestone Organic Farm Strawberry Jam. Lots of chunks of strawberries in a rather thin syrup. Brighter red color than many. Terrific strawberry flavor, especially in strawberry chunks. Contains no pectin. This jam is not certified organic.

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Mixed-Fruit Jams

Given the popularity of strawberry jam, it isn’t surprising that so many companies produce it. What is surprising is the number of manufacturers offering a strawberry-rhubarb jam or preserve. A few companies even make this variety without manufacturing a plain strawberry! Strawberry and rhubarb is the most popular combination, by an order of magnitude, among manufacturers who combine strawberries with another fruit or flavor. 

A few combinations involving strawberries and cranberries were evaluated, but to this reviewer’s taste buds, the cranberry taste invariably overwhelmed the preserve. Strawberries have a relatively delicate flavor, and their taste can be easily “masked” by that of another food item meant to enhance a jam. Combinations of strawberries and liqueurs, hot peppers, herbs, fruits other than cranberries or rhubarb, and even balsamic vinegar were all tested.

Rhubarb, resembling pink celery, is often mistaken for a fruit; but it is a vegetable that is closely related to garden sorrel. It originated in Asia more than 2,000 years ago and was initially cultivated for medicinal purposes. It was not until the 18th century that it was grown for culinary purposes in the U.S. and the U.K. Nutritious and low in calories (a ½ cup has just 15 calories), it is rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber, and also has some calcium. Photo courtesy of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.


Hot Stuff

  • hot peppersBerkshire Berries Berry Hot Strawberry. If you like jalapeño, you’ll have a hot time with this little bottle of dynamite—not from arid New Mexico, but from the lush wooded hillsides of Massachusetts. It’s not just hot, you can taste the chiles. We ate it at breakfast on corn bread, on a bagel with cream cheese and in a jelly omelet.
     For something else that’s sweet, read our glossary of sugars and sweeteners.


Special thanks to The National Center for Home Food Preservation, Allyn Johnston of Mountain Fruit Company in Chico, CA and Mike at Pacific Pectin, Incorporated, of Oakhurst, CA.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Salad Bowl Strawberry Pitcher Strawberry Platter
Portmeirion Strawberry Fair Salad Bowl. The highest quality earthenware salad bowl from the famed producer. You can also fill it with fruit, chips, popcorn and party food. 11-Inch bowl. In addition to the pieces shown here, there are many other matching pieces available. Click here for more information or to purchase. Portmeirion Strawberry Fair Ewer Pitcher. Another beautiful piece in the beautiful Strawberry Fair pattern, this 2-quart earthenware pitcher can serve water, lemonade or any beverage in the dining room or kitchen; it’s also charming as a bedroom water pitcher. Click here for more information or to purchase. Portmeirion Strawberry Fair Serving Dish. Like all Portmeirion earthenware pieces, this 15" oval platter is dishwasher, microwave and freezer-safe, and oven safe to 390 degrees. Use it to serve anything from hors d’oeuvres to roasts to desserts. Click here for more information or to purchase.
Strawberry Tea Kettle Ice Cube Tray
Copco Strawberry Teakettle. This 2-1/2-quart enamel on steel kettle by designer Maryana Vollstedt perks up any kitchen and is so cute, it may even make the tea taste better. Click here for more information or to purchase. Strawberry Ice Cube Tray. These flexible rubber trays make strawberry-shaped ice cubes for your water, lemonade and other drinks. You can freeze red juices (cranberry, e.g.) to drop into other juices or sparkling water, or color the water red with a few drops of food coloring before freezing. Click here for more information or to purchase.



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