Spice up your Thanksgiving table with seasonal homemade conserves!
In this 4-hour class with Rachel, you will learn about the wonderful world of conserves
– jams incorporating spices, liqueurs, and dried or candied fruits –
with a special emphasis on Thanksgiving fruits and flavors.
Whether you’re setting your own table
or bringing very special gifts to the host,
these autumnal jams will make everyone in the room give thanks.
Would you like an in-depth look at end-of-the-year fruits, and an opportunity to make gifts for family and friends? Rachel Saunders’
four three-week class at San Francisco’s State Bird Provisions takes you through 8 6 different jams from start to finish. Don’t miss this very special opportunity to delve into jam with one of the country’s foremost jam experts, just before the holidays!
Dates and times: 11/18, 12/2 canceled due to family emergency, 12/9, and 12/16; 10am – noon. Classes are mainly demo-style, but may incorporate a small amount of hands-on work. We recommend signing up for the whole series as classes build upon each other, but you may sign up for individual classes if you prefer.
Location: State Bird Provisions 1529 Fillmore St., between Geary & O’Farrell, San Francisco (Phone: 415-795-1272)
Cost and materials: $105 per class or
$385 for the series $290 for 3-class series excluding 12/2 date. Students each take home 2 jars of jam per class, plus handouts from each class session. Snacks and tea/coffee provided.
Day 1: Cranberry Conserves (11/18): Just in time for the holidays, we’ll make 2 cranberry-apple jams: one plain, one fancy. Learn the difference between a jam and a conserve, the unique physical characteristics of cranberries and how they affect the cooking process, jam-making basics, and how to transform a jam into a conserve.
Day 2: Quince Jelly & Marmalade (12/2) Canceled due to family emergency In this class, Rachel takes you through the jelly-making process from start to finish, with a special focus on how to transform quince jelly into quince marmalade. We’ll make sure to cover tips and secrets to jelly-setting success, and the unique characteristics of quince.
Day 3: Holiday Fruit Butter (12/9): Learn what fruit butter is and how it is made, which fruits are most suitable for fruit butter, and how to cook yours to perfection. Special focus will be placed on dealing with high-pectin fruits, adding spices and flavorings to fruit butters, and how cooking a fruit butter differs from cooking jam.
Day 4: Flavor Construction with December Citrus (12/16): Our final class of the year brings jam to its ultimate conclusion by adding secondary fruits and accent flavors. Learn how to integrate citrus fruits into jams and how to build a complex jam using a simple base recipe. We’ll have a full range of liqueurs and spices available, so you can express your creativity through jam!
We will be processing online orders through December 23.
All orders received by 3pm PST on 12/23 will ship out that day.
Last days for various shipping services we offer IF you want Christmas delivery:
FedEx Ground can no longer guarantee Christmas delivery.
FedEx Home Delivery: Monday 12/19
USPS First Class: Tuesday 12/20
FedEx Express Saver: Tuesday 12/20
USPS Priority: Wednesday 12/21
FedEx 2Day + FedEx 2Day AM: Wednesday 12/21
FedEx Overnight: Thursday 12/22
Gift certificates ship USPS First Class.
Jam Pan Shipping is via FedEx Home Delivery, with expedited shipping options.
Jam Club orders received by 12/20 will begin December 2011 unless otherwise specified.
All other Blue Chair Fruit items should have multiple shipping options available.
Of course, we will still process any and all orders received by 3pm PST on 12/23 (before we close for the holidays), though we can’t guarantee Christmas delivery after the above dates for each service. And, again, service delays such as weather are entirely out of our control.
Blue Chair Fruit WILL be closed 12/24/2011 – 1/8/2012; all orders received during this time will be processed ASAP on Monday 1/9/2012 when we return!
Thanks, and Happy Holidays!
With the holidays upon us, we’d love to recommend the perfect gift: a membership to the Blue Chair Fruit Jam Club!
Members of the Jam Club receive shipments of 3 surprise flavors every other month; these flavors are frequently brand-new flavors not yet available to the public or small batches that may never show up anywhere else!
Last month’s Jam Club members received one jar each of: Provencale Tomato-White Nectarine Jam, Rosemary-Damson Jam, Blood Orange-Chestnut Honey Marmalade with Rosemary.
Whether you’re not sure which flavors to pick for your loved one or you know they have a voracious appetite for jam, our Jam Club is sure to please! Sign up for the Jam Club here.
Still searching for the perfect holiday present or hostess gift? We have the perfect suggestion!
Our Gift-Wrapped Jam Three-Pack is the perfect last-minute gift for anyone on your list. This box comes wrapped in our signature Blue Chair Fruit wrapping paper; nestled inside are one jar each of three of our favorite and most popular preserves flavors:
- Black Plum Jam with Candied Citrus & Bay
- Sour Orange & Lemon Marmalade
- Spiced Bourbon-Tomato Conserve
How perfect would one of these look under the tree with a little bow? Each 3-pack is $34 and ships out Priority Mail.
And remember, Christmas quickly approaches; we can guarantee Christmas delivery for all orders placed by Tuesday, December 21 at 12pm PST. We’re always happy to ship after this shipping deadline, as well as arrange overnight delivery — but again, no guarantees after this time!