Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jam On It: Oregon tayberries have landed in our kitchen

Oregon's berry season is magic time. Can you see me wiggling my fingers as I type this? ****magic time*** And that means jam time. For jam making? I like using tayberries. They're not the easiest to pick, but their flavor is sweet, subtle and floral, making for a delicious jam. Here they are:
And here are the berries I like to eat fresh: loganberries.
They explode in your mouth with outrageous berry being. They're over-the-top Summer in a berry. But back to the tayberries and jam. Here's a preview of the finished product:
Jam on it: Tayberry

Tayberry jam is a complex combination of ingredients. It's a very long list. Are you ready?
1. Tayberries
2. Sugar
And that's it. I follow the classic directions for making blackberry jam in the Ball Canning book without using pectin, can it, and label it, and end up with this:
Jam on it: Tayberry tayberry tayberry!

Summer in a jar. Jam on it! Jam on it! Ja-ja-ja-ja-jam on it. Do the cabbage patch with me?

Now do you want some Jam On It gear? I know, huh!?


Heather said...

I am so envious of Oregon produce. And I love the labels on the jar lids.

Cher said...

Heh. You just keep reaching back to the classic 80's: I love that I can relive my childhood here!
"Jam On It" indeed.

Anonymous said...

I want to live at your house!

Jennifer said...

Jam on it....Jam on it, on it, on it.......

Unknown said...

I've never even heard of tayberries! I love your blog. It makes me happy. Where's the best and closest-to- North Portland spot to pick tayberries?

LeLo said...

Hi Liz! We pick tayberries at West Union Gardens out near Hillsboro. From North Portland it's pretty easy to get to going over Germantown Road.

LizCrain said...

Sweeeet! I'm going to pick blackberries this weekend out on Sauvie -- now I'll add tayberries to the mix. Thanks so much.

Chris said...

Please tell us about the labels. Do yours have an adhesive back or are they held on by the ring? (Sorta looks like the latter.) Do you have a template?

Chris said...

Oh, and I love no-pectin preserves! They have such amazingly fresh flavor.

Becky at VintageMixer said...

I just took a trip to Oregon and fell in love with Marionberries. I will now have to try tayberries too!