How to Make Jams & Preserves
How to Use Fruit Preserves
You may have gone a little crazy making fruit preserves this year and ended up with more than you knew what to do with. If you don’t eat toast and jam or PB&J sandwiches every day, you’re in need of some other ways to use your extra fruit preserves. Spruce up your chicken wings and pork chops with fruit preserve, or add some preserves to your baked goods. Even try adding some preserves to your favorite cocktail for a sweetener.
Marinate your chicken wings.Place chicken wings in a bag with strawberry preserves or orange marmalade. Use about one cup (237 ml) of preserves for every pound (.45 kg) of chicken wings. Let the bag of wings sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Grill or bake them as you wish.
- Any type of preserves can be used, based on what you prefer.
- Grill the wings for 7-10 minutes on each side. Bake them for roughly 30-60 minutes at 350℉ (177℃). Either way, make sure the internal temp reaches 165℉ (74℃). Check with a meat thermometer.
Stuff your pork chops.Grab some thawed, raw pork chops, a sharp paring knife, preserves, and a spoon. Slice lengthwise down the side of the chops, opening a pocket inside. Scoop your favorite preserves into the inside of the meat. Bake the pork chops as you normally would, or for about 30 minutes at 365℉ (185℃).
- Internal temperature for pork is recommended at 145℉ (63℃).
- Cherry, apple, fig, or any kind of pepper preserves go well with pork, but don't be afraid to experiment with other preserves.
Make barbecue sauce with fruit preserves.Mix together 1 cup jam (240 ml), 1/2 cup (120 ml) chili sauce, 1 tbsp. (14.8 ml) dried chopped onion, and 1 tbsp. (14.8 ml) Worcestershire Sauce in a mixing bowl. Then scoop it over spare ribs, meatballs, chicken breast, pork cutlets, or any other meat. Let the meat soak in the marinade and cook it as you normally would.
- Lemon, pineapple, and plum preserves work well, but try out different options to find what you like the best.
Making Baked Goods
Enhance your brownies.If you have some cherry, strawberry, or raspberry preserves you want to get rid of, add them to your brownie mix. Use a store bought brownie kit or follow your own brownie recipe. After you mix the brownies up, fold the preserves into the batter. Use ½ cup (118 ml) to one cup (236.6 ml).
- It may take a bit of experimenting to get the right amount of preserves. If you make the brownies once and the fruit taste isn’t very strong, add a little more next time.
- Any fruit can be used, but the ones mentioned above tend to mix well with chocolate.
Add filling to your muffins.Use a package of muffin mix, or mix up a batch of your favorite muffin recipe. When you fill the wrappers or muffin pan, fill each section half full. Then put about one tablespoon of fruit preserves on top of the muffin mix. Fill each muffin section the rest of the way with muffin mix. Bake the muffins as you normally would.
- The muffins will bake up as usual but will now have a tasty, gooey center of fruit preserves.
Make homemade pop tarts.Buy flat sheets of pre-made pastry dough. Cut them into smaller, rectangular sections. Spoon preserves onto half of the pieces, then cover each one with another piece. Press the edges with a fork to mold the two pieces together. Freeze the tarts for a few hours, then bake for 25 minutes at 375℉ (190 ℃).
- This works for pretty much any flavor of preserves, depending on what you have and your preference.
- If you want, after you take the poptarts out of the oven, top them with some warm cream cheese spread or icing.
Making Other Treats
Make a preserves and whipped cream treat.Fruit preserves are added to whipped cream with crushed vanilla wafer cookies for a classic English treat. For a single serving, use about ⅓ cup (78.9 ml) whipped cream and ½ cup (118 ml) fruit preserves. Crush four or five cookies into the mix. Larger batches can be made by multiplying the recipe.
- Only use preserves and cream that are thoroughly chilled. If necessary, chill the treat for a half hour or so after you mix it up.
Enhance your cocktails with preserves.The next time you mix up a cocktail that includes fruit, use preserves instead. Strawberry and peach are great for whiskey cocktails. Mixed berry and raspberry are great for vodka. It’s best to add the alcohol and fruit preserves to a shaker and shake it to mix them thoroughly.
- Pour the drink over ice. Sometimes it’s best to strain it, as well.
Make a fruit spritzer.Scoop a heaping spoonful of preserves into a pint sized canning jar (or a shaker). Add ¼ cup (60 ml) warm water, put the lid on, and shake. Then remove the lid, add ice, and top the jar off with club soda or sparkling water. You have a refreshing fruit flavored sparkling water. This works well with any preserves you have on hand.
QuestionCan you use preserves as pie filling?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOf course! Just make sure you're not leaving them in the oven for too long or they will burn.Thanks!
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