The Jam Slam 2011: A Call To Preservationists Everywhere!

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to make a different variety of jam every week for a year. As canning is one of those fake frugal hobbies like knitting or quilting, I’m going to offset my jam costs by sourcing free fruit by growing my own, collecting surplus produce from my neighbors, gleaning ingredients from public property, and flat out asking for it on freecycle. I can buy additional ingredients to include in the preserves, but the main ingredient of the jams must be sourced locally and cost nothing. For the sake of keeping things interesting and challenging, Jam Slam 2011 will count pickles and other varieties of preserved food as jam, because, frankly, Preserve Slam 2011 sounds scarily like one of those awful formal dances where your dad gives you a chastity ring.

My short term goal for this challenge is to monetize my pantry. According to my neighbors, jam is the preferred currency in the local barter economy. Also, I love the space-saving aspect of making my least accessible kitchen cabinet double as my gift closet.

My long term goal for this challenge is to win the blue ribbon for every fruit jam category at the Los Angeles County Fair, so I need to test recipes. Yes. I’m that competitive. Also, some of the ladies who enter the Culinary Styles competition every year are horrible people. They must be stopped.

Inspired by The Non-Consumer Advocate’s 52 Letters, 52 Weeks Challenge (to write one piece of real mail every week), I’m challenging the gardeners and the cooks of the internet to a canning challenge. Although I’d love for other people to commit to creating a jam a week, I realize that this is a tough goal, both financially and time-wise for the average person. Therefore, if you would like to participate in the Jam Slam 2011, you just have to commit to making one solitary jar of jam before December 31st and writing about it.

Want to prove to the global canning community that you deserve the title of Jam Overlord? Add your blog to the Jam Slam 2011: 52 Weeks, 52 Jams Challenge.

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  1. Posted January 16, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    I am going to look through a wonderful book I have of Gifts of Food all divided into seasons and see what treasures she has for winter. I will let you know what I find!

  2. Posted January 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Hi Max! I’m visiting from the Compact. I will probably can something this year, so I decided to jump in. My problem is that my H and I don’t eat too much jam, so I’ve still got plenty of jam left over from last year that we haven’t eaten yet. But I agree with leveling up on life skills, so I accept your challenge. I live in New England – my next jam will be apple jelly.

  3. Heidi
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Now that I’m back in the NW I can’t wait to can SOMETHING!! I’m in. I know I won’t be as industrious as you, but I will be canning!

  4. Posted January 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    I have always wanted to learn how to do this. We have a beautiful peach tree and love the peaches from it. Every year goes by and I say I need to make some jam or something with them but I don’t. I feel intimidated to do it. 🙂
    But then I saw this on The Compact and felt it was the *sign* that this was the year to do it!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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