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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Pomegranate Pear Jam

12.28.10

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Gift festivities are over?
No. It can't be.
I hope everyone had a terrifically delicious Christmas with your families!

This year I spent Christmas time with the in-laws as usual. However, we had an additional member at the slumber party this year. She's 9 months old. Yes, it's my niece in-law named Cora Ann. She's such a doll and she brings lots of joy to the family.

We can't get enough of her.
Cora had the most presents this year. She beat everyone! It was really funny to watch her as she was enjoying the gift wrapping paper more than her gifts. The best thing is she knows when to pose for the camera!



Posed for the camera

This year we had SO many gifts under the Christmas tree at the in-law's. We all were surprised. Even Bella, she had 4 gifts! We took turns opening them which took us a while to finish for everyone.

Other than making hors d'oeuvres for Keith's uncle's (I will share on my next post), I made jam in advance for Christmas and New Year gifts for my friends. I have to say it's a fancy jam! It has pomegranate juice & seeds, pears, rosemary, and rose wine in it. Thanks to Pom Wonderful for sending me the juice a while back, which I just started getting my hands dirty with it. Pomegranate and pears are in season so they are easy to access. This is my first attempt at making jam and I am happy about it. Just like other stuff, homemade food always makes you proud of yourself. :)

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Pomegranate and Pear Jam
Slightly tweaked from Cooking Light Magazine, Nov issue
Yield: 2 cups
(I bumped up the recipe to yield 12 jars)

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
2 cups chopped peeled pears ( I used bosc pears)
2/3 cup Pom Wonderful juice
1/4 cup white Zinfandel
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 tsp butter
2 tbs fruit pectin such as Sure-Jell for no-sugar-needed recipe
1 tsp minced fresh rosemary

Madison jars and lids

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Directions:
  • Heat a large sauce pan or pot on medium high heat. Add pear and Pom juice. Then add sugar; stir until the sugar melts.
  • Add wine. Bring it to simmer for about 25 mins or until pear is tender.
  • Remove from heat; mash with potato masher just to break pear apart. 
  • Add pomegranate seeds and butter. Bring it boil.
  • Stir fruit pectin and return the mixture to boil. Cook for another minute. Stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in rosemary.
  • Cool at room temperature.
  • Pour into a sterilized jar. Close the lids and process finished jars in a hot bath (see photo) to seal it.


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Fruit Pectin


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Almost ready!


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Processed to seal the lids. When it's ready, it shouldn't have any air inside when pushed.


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For my lovely friends






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23 comments:

Evan @swEEts said...

Happy to hear you had a lovely holiday with your family! Your niece is absolutely precious!! And this jam?? I love the flavors and I love the process of preserving fruit. I'd love to have a jar :) Here's to a happy new year!!

Stella said...

Hey Tanantha! Glad you guys had what looks to be such a nice holiday. Ooh, and your niece is too cute. We only have 2 children in our family that live quite far away, so I love going to people's houses that have babies and kids. It's really wonderful...
Oh, and you jam sound wonderful too (smile). I need to make some of that;)
Hope you guys have a great new year, Tanantha.
XOXO,
Stella

Spicie Foodie said...

Happy Holidays Tanantha! It sounds like you had such a beautiful celebration. Your niece is adorable! The jam sounds so exquisite, how yummy. I'm sure your friends will really enjoy their gifts. Hope you have a great new years eve celebration:)

~Lisa~ said...

The jam is such a great gift idea. I love the flavors. And i'm proud of you too T. Oh and how cute is Cora!

sweetlife said...

I love your pom/pear jam...I can totally see my girls enjoying this especailly with the intense color, perfection..glad you had a wonderful holiday!! your niece is goregous!!

sweetlife

5 Star Foodie said...

Aww, Cora is adorable! And your pomegranate pear jam sounds excellent, a delicious combination!

Roxan said...

Tanantha, what a cute idea!!! I have to do this for my friends when valentines day comes up. I'll have to ask you at that time about how to process the jars in the water like that. Don't want anyone to get sick! :) I'm glad you had a good christmas and i hope you have a great new years eve!!!

Magic of Spice said...

Sounds like a lovely Holiday...
Love the jam :)
Wishing you a most wonderful New Years and a glorious 2011!

Angie's Recipes said...

oh, Cora, do you know you look so so so sweet and cute.
Homemade jam tastes so much better and fresher!
Happy New Year!
Angie

Green Girl @ A little bit of everything said...

Your niece is absolutely precious.
the flavors jam made me want to be on your give away list :)
thanks for sharing

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Monet said...

Oh this jam looks delicious. And I love just saying it out loud...it has a nice ring to it! Little Cora is just adorable. Don't babies/children make the holidays so much more fun? Thank you so much for sharing with me. I hope you and your family have a happy New Year!

lequan said...

Tanantha, your niece is so precious! I miss the 9 months stage. It's too funny how curious they are with EVERYTHING. I once thought, why do I bother buying gifts, I should just give them wrapped boxes as my kids enjoyed those more than the gift itself...haha. I'm glad you were able to enjoy the holidays with your in-laws.

Your jam sounds wonderful. I love the combination of pomegranate and pears. I see you also used white Zinfandel, one of my preferred wines - good choice :-P
Hope you have a happy new year full of joy and wonderful food adventures!

Faith said...

Sounds like it was a truly beautiful Christmas with your loved ones! Cora Ann is such a little sweetheart...having kids around at Christmas just makes the holiday that much better, doesn't it? The jam sounds fantastic and I think rosemary is an especially lovely addition. Happy (almost) New Year to you and yours! :)

Victoria said...

Cora is adorable! I'm glad you had a great Christmas, and I generally think homemade/handmade gifts are the most special :) That jam sounds lovely and I'm glad your first jam-making efforts were successful! Happy New Year!

Velva said...

Love this photo! Happy Holidays to you!

Velva

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

What a lovely gift for family and friends! Homemade are always the best! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Your niece looks adorable. Wishing you and Keith a very Happy New Year!

Chef Dennis said...

Hi Tanantha
It looks like you had such a great time with your family over the holidays!
Your pomegranate pear jam sounds delicious!

here is too a successful new year!
Dennis

Juliana said...

Tanantha, the pear and pomegranate jam looks and sounds delicious, nice combination. The photos of your niece is just so so precious :-) Happy New Year to you and your family!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Hi Tanantha - glad to see you had a wonderful Christmas. Your niece is just too precious and so happy that even Bella was not left out of the festivities!

Your jam is beautiful! Love the inclusion of white zinfandel - such an exotic and luxurious touch!

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