Tuesday, July 23, 2013

James and Jellies in Less Than 30 Minutes

Jams and Jellies in Less Than 30 Minutes
by Pamela Bennett [641.852 Ben]

This is a charming little cookbook with a very specific focus. After an introductory section dealing with the basics of jam/jelly production that apply to most (if not all) of the recipes in this book, the rest of the content is dedicated to providing simple, easy-to-follow instructions for creating 54 different spreads, in 5 categories: Berry James (7), Fruit Preserves (16), Citrus & Tropical Jellies & James (8), Herb & Savory Spreads (8), and Jellies From Juice and Wine (15). All but two of the 54 recipes in this book is accompanied by a gorgeous full-page photograph illustrating the look of the finished product -- with the extremely simple cooking instructions, I can't see how anybody could go wrong with any of these recipes...although some of them sound as if they'd take longer than 30 minutes to prepare. While some of the recipes included are for fairly simple, traditional spreads -- blackberry jam, Rhubarb-Strawberry Jam, Fig Jam, Mint Jelly, etc., there are some rather exotic sounding ones in here that I'd love to try. Some of those include: Lemon-Blueberry Jam, Ginger Pear Jam, Crocodile Tears, Pineapple-Carrot Jam, Pumpkin Jam, Japapeno Jelly, Herb Jelly and Champagne Jelly.. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try any of the many books on bread baking in the libraries' collection.] -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library

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