Say “Hello” to Strawberries!

Our first jam of the season is here: Strawberry-Pink Peppercorn Jam!

The start of strawberry season is always a game of patience as we wait for the most luscious strawberries to come to market. When those strawberries hit their stride, our kitchen is transformed. There’s nothing like the sweet smell of strawberry jam cooking! These handsome red berries are resplendent on their own, and we always love to accentuate their playfulness with an exotic spice: pink peppercorns. Possessing a ton of flavor and very little heat, pink peppercorns amp up the convivial side of Spring’s first fruit. Have you been eagerly awaiting strawberries’ arrival, too? Our Strawberry-Pink Peppercorn Jam is now available online! There’s no better partner for ricotta on toast, and a spoonful or two will brighten up your morning yogurt. We promise this jam will put a spring in your step!

Take a peek inside our strawberry-filled kitchen:

Mother’s Day Gift Pack

Mother’s Day is on May 13 this year — less than two weeks away! We think the sweetest gift for your perfect mom is a trio of our loveliest preserves.

Your darling momma will receive a gift-wrapped set containing one jar each of:
– Strawberry-Rose Jam
– Lemon Marmalade with Cardamom & Lavender
– Greengage Plum Jam

Pre-order now and we’ll ship them to arrive before Mother’s Day. Be sure to include a gift message telling your adoring mother just why she’s the best!

Send your mom some jam!

Jam Club Sign Up

We’re preparing our next Jam Club shipment. Sign up now to receive April’s flavors! Imagine the excitement as you tear open your first shipment to reveal three mystery jars of jam…

Members receive three jars, which are frequently flavors that we’ve made in limited quantity or that are not available on our website. Plus, you’re paying only $10 a jar!

Sign up now for: 6 months of jam or 12 months of jam

Last month’s Jam Club members received one jar each of:

– Pear-Plum Jam
– Orange-Kumquat Marmalade with Saffron & Cardamom
– Early Summer Peach Marmalade

Yum!

DIY Tutorial: BCF Valentine!

We designed a super-sweet Valentine, full of our favorite romantic fruit puns. This card is astonishingly simple to assemble at home — and, by following the tutorial below, you can make your own card for your sweetie!

Now let’s make a CARD! »

The method for this “instant book” card comes from How to Make Books.

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A Blue Chair Fruit Valentine!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner — and we’ve gathered our tastiest preserves and favorite lovey-dovey fruit puns into a thoughtful and whimsical Valentine’s Day Trio!

Also included to sweeten the deal is a Valentine’s Day book-card, “The Fruits of Our Love,” hand designed by Blue Chair Fruit’s Kate! This little card elucidates your love for your Valentine, employing romantic fruit witticisms highlighting each included flavor, of course! Each Valentine’s Day Trio arrives with this card in its own red envelope, tied on with a blue bow; we’ve even stamped a petite red heart onto our signature blue chair wrapping paper.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Blue Chair Fruit team!

New Summery Flavors!

Alright, time for us to fess up: We’ve been a bit sneaky and squirreled away two of our favorite summer flavors to enjoy during the winter. Curious about what they are?

New Flavor: Apricot-Orange Jam

Our thoroughly luscious Apricot-Orange Jam, full of this beloved summer fruit, finds its effervescent sunny flavor highlighted by slender slices of orange rind. A true delight on toast or in a PBJ, or used as a pork glaze if you’re feeling intrepid.

New Flavor: White Cherry Marmalade

Yowza, eating this marmalade is like tossing a handful of confetti into your morning! Our White Cherry Marmalade is full of itty bitty lemon rinds, which contrast beautifully with the rotund whole cherries throughout. A dash of almond extract accentuates the springy, warm flavor of this summer marmalade!

Bring Apricot-Orange Jam and White Cherry Marmalade home!

Give the Gift of Jam!

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.

A Thanksgiving Jam Recipe!

Thanksgiving is upon us, and our Thanksgiving Jam 2-Pack will add a festive touch to your feast! With one jar of our Cranberry-Pluot Jam and one jar of our Rosemary-Damson Jam, this 2-pack enriches your favorite Thanksgiving foods, from turkey to pumpkin pie to greens.

We recently called on our Twitter community to share their favorite ways to enjoy our Thanksgiving flavors — and boy, did they deliver! From incorporating cranberry jam into stuffing to smearing it on a leftover turkey sandwich, the ideas had us salivating.

There was one suggestion, however, that really intrigued our palates; Suz (Twitter @suzhowells) squished her recipe down to 140 characters: “Toss acorn squash wedges w/melted Cranberry jam, minced red chili & garlic, S&P. Roast @450, 25 min.” We sent her our Thanksgiving Jam 2-Pack straightaway, and she sent us the full recipe:

Jam-Glazed Acorn Squash

Preheat oven to 450.

Sweat 1-2 cloves of finely minced garlic in 1T olive oil over low heat until fragrant & translucent.  Add one minced red serrano, kung pao or thai chili.  Add 1/3 -1/2 C jam (I’m thinking the Rosemary Damson would be awesome.  I’ve used your Bergamot for this in the past). Heat until jam melts and blends with garlic & chili.

Wash, seed and slice 1-2 acorn squash into wedges. Put in bowl with warm jam mixture.  Toss until all the pieces are coated, place in a single layer on a 1/2 sheet lined with parchment. Salt & pepper generously.  Roast for about 25 minutes, or until squash is fork tender and carmelized.

Caution: This is addictive!

YUM. Thanks, Suz! Anyone else have a unique way to use our jams for Thanksgiving? Get your own Thanksgiving Jam 2-Pack now!

Thanksgiving Jam Making 101

We’re so excited to offer a Thanksgiving-themed Jam Making 101 class again this year! This class gives students an opportunity to explore fruits and accent flavors that are perfect with a Thanksgiving feast.


Click here to sign up for this four-hour introductory jam-making class. This popular class will be Blue Chair Fruit’s last jam-making class of the season, so reserve your spot now!

A New Morning Toast 2-Pack!

The seasons are changing, and so are our jam cravings! We find ourselves lusting after a heartier jam and marmalade come autumn, and we’ve got a new Morning Toast 2-Pack to reflect our new favorites:

We love the rich, tart flavor of Damson Jam on toast (or stirred into yogurt), and our Orange-Kumquat Marmalade is a sweet marmalade with just enough kick to shake off a cold winter morning. Plus, these two jars are available at a special price. Yum!