Sonoma Strawberry Splendor!

Treat yourself to a day in the Wine Country at Ramekins Culinary School & Inn

Friday, September 28th, from 11am-1pm

Join Blue Chair owner and author Rachel Saunders as she takes you through her Introduction to Jam course in this exquisite Sonoma setting! In her two hour class, you’ll learn the rudiments of jam-making, and leave with two freshly-made jars of single- and mixed-flavor jams!

Click below to register with Ramekins, or call 707 933 0450!

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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:

Summer Berry Jams!

The past few weeks in Oakland have been quite warm — but we knew it was summer a month ago. How? The arrival of summer berries, of course!

Strawberries are first to appear on the scene as the weather warms up. Their distinctly bright, sweet flavor lends itself perfectly to jam; we’ve mixed it up this year by adding blackberries for tartness and rose geranium to emphasize the floral side of strawberry. A truly delightful early summer berry jam, Strawberry-Blackberry Jam with Rose Geranium is full of strawberry flavor with the slightest edge.

If strawberry is the social butterfly of summer berries, raspberry is its feisty cousin. Raspberries are closely related to blackberries, and make some of our most popular jams, favored for their tart flavor and striking fuchsia color. We’ve accented the zingy taste of raspberry in our Rhubarb & Red Raspberry Jam; check back later this summer for our Black Raspberry Jam.

Combine a black raspberry with a loganberry (itself a blackberry-red raspberry hybrid) and you’ll get a tayberry. We love tayberries for their sophisticated vibrant flavor; marrying the tartness of summer berries with the deep sweetness of blackberry, tayberry jam is a fleeting joy of early Summer. The most regal berry jam out there, Tayberry Jam sells out quickly no matter how much we make!

A truly unique California blackberry, olallieberries are the most precious berries of summer! Olallieberries are a genetic mish-mash of blackberries and raspberries, and are an elegant berries with a deep purple color. Olallieberry Jam is hard to beat for its assertive sweet and tart flavor like nothing else we’ve tasted. For blackberry jam lovers, Olallieberry Jam provides an authentic taste of California.

Fans of tart berry jam will swoon over what we’ve done with boysenberries. Another berry mutt (a combination of raspberry, blackberry, and loganberry), boysenberry has a strong tart flavor which, while distinctive, can be overpowering. We let it sing in our Boysenberry-Strawberry Jam while softening it slightly with the sweet taste of strawberry. Full of sass, this jam is one of our favorites!

We hope you’ll try each of our berry jams, and keep an eye out for new berry flavors as summer progresses! If the weather behaves, we’ll be making Black Raspberry Jam later this summer, as well as Nightfall Blackberry Jam. YUM.


October Jams of the Month

We always love picking the special flavors to send to our Jam Club members, and October was no exception!

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Jam and Ice Cream

Guess what? I learned last night that our Red Raspberry-Strawberry Jam really takes chocolate ice cream to the next level.

Two words: “Yum. Yum.” The slight tartness of the raspberries really complement each other!

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