From Sweet to Savory: Creative Ways to Use Jams

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Jams can add a burst of flavor to sweet and savory dishes. Traditionally used as a spread for toast or pastries, jams can also be incorporated into recipes to add depth and complexity to dishes.

From Sweet to Savory: Creative Ways to Use Jams

You may be surprised to discover how many types of dishes can be improved using jam. Here are just a few creative ways to use jams in your cooking:

  • Glazes. Jams can be used as a glaze for meats, vegetables, or even fruits. Melt the jam in a saucepan and brush on your food before baking or grilling. The sweetness of the jam creates a delicious glaze.
  • Salad Dressings. If you are looking to add something to your salad, jams make an excellent base for salad dressings. Combine the jam with oil, vinegar, and spices to create a flavorful condiment that will elevate your leafy greens.
  • Marinades. Flavor your meats, tofu, or vegetables with jam as the marinade. The sweetness of the jam will add a caramelized flavor to the dish, and the acidity in the jam will help tenderize the protein.
  • Desserts. Have you ever poured a warmed jam over vanilla ice cream? You can also use jams as a filling for cakes, cookies, or pastries. Use your imagination to create a sweet treat.
  • Charcuterie Boards. Jams make a tasty addition to a meat and cheese platter. Pair savory jams with cheese, crackers, and cured meats for a delicious and sophisticated snack.
  • Cocktails. Jams can be used as a sweetener in cocktails. Mix the jam with a spirit like vodka or gin and add citrus juice and soda water for a refreshing and unique cocktail. If your favorite drink has simple syrup, substitute a spoonful of jam.
  • Sandwiches. We couldn’t ignore bread! Jams add a sweet or savory element to sandwiches. Use tasty jams like tomato or onion jam instead of condiments like ketchup or mustard. Sweet jams like fig or berry can balance salty or spicy ingredients like cheese or cured meats.

At The Benton Boutique, we have various seasonal and local jams that will amp up your grilled cheese or put a little pizzazz to your Old Fashioned. Visit our shop to browse our latest offerings.