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Using Lavender in a Preserver’s Kitchen

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We made Lavender Jelly with Pomona’s Pectin earlier this year and were happy with how easy it was and delighted in the color and flavor!

It got rave reviews by many of the Farm Show attendees, who also thought it would be perfect in an elegant brunch spread or as shower favors.

Lavender’s subtle aromatic nature makes it a lovely addition to jams & preserves and pairs beautifully with both the sweet and savory recipes.

 

 

Preserves with a nuance of Lavender that have grabbed our attention:

Red Pear Lavender Jam Food in Jars

Photo Credit:
Marisa McClellan
Food in Jars

Here are some ways to let Lavender influence that “extra” produce  that quickly gets transformed into an impromptu baked delight, and infusion or a refreshing beverage:

A few things to consider:

Quality matters!  When sourcing your lavender, be sure to get food grade. We choose to use a source as close to us – Hope Hill Lavender Farm. As it is with all produce, knowing & trusting your grower usually means a higher quality product. If you see a bulk jar of lavender that isn’t marked as food grade, don’t be afraid to ask. Chances are, if they don’t’ know where it comes from, it isn’t food grade.  Although you may need to do a little research to find your best local source, this U.S. Lavender Farm Directory may help you get started.

Go Small!  When trying new flavor combinations for the first time, or if you’re planning to gift them, it’s a wise idea to use smaller jam jars. This way, if it’s not a recipe that gets devoured upon opening, you’ll be more likely to get through it before it spoils. The same would apply for ones you’re gifting. It also allows you to share the joy of a single batch more easily.  We’d recommend the 4oz smooth-sided or 4oz Quilted jars for regular use. Many of our customers also use the 1.5oz sample jars, which are a great way to share these new flavors; however, they aren’t compatible with the 2-piece lids. (You can learn more about using lug lids or single-piece lids here.)

New Lavender Plants

 

If you’ve got a green thumb, or are just lucky enough to have thriving Lavender plants, here are tips on how to harvest and dry it, along with some other ways to enjoy those fragrant buds.

We just added some new plantings to form a hedge along our garden. I’m now looking forward to next summer when they’ll be blooming!

We’d love to hear from you! What is your favorite way to use Lavender in your kitchen?

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