Are homemade jams the answer to the East coast’s artisanal chocolate trend? Perhaps. With SQIRL exploding and canning classes totally being a thing, we would assume that jamming and canning and using fruit we find in Southern California in new ways to totally be “our thing.” Anyway, Jam On It is a new enty into the jam/can/fruit fan category that we caught wind of over holiday break at Silver Lake’s ReForm School. With such a cute hand written package, we had to give it a go.
We grabbed the “cran/orange” jam, an item that we found to be delightfully seasonal. It comes in a rounded cube glass jar and a tiny sticker with the handwritten JAM ON IT scribbled on. It very simple and hip looking. The product comes from locals From The Robin’s Nest, a brand made by local Kate Kidlow in response to her mother Robin’s passing away. She leanred how to jam and make homemade preserves from her mother and is now carrying on her work with jam making.
The Jam On It jams are very rustic, as in they are totally rough, thick homemade spreads. It is very chunky and appears to be cranberries chopped and stewed with a few ingredients to make it “work.” Cranberry is definitely the main flavor in this with very subtle orange flavors and a big underlying vanilla accent. Chunky spreads are not my thing so I am a bit partial to just being OK on this. What I can tell is that I am so stoked to use this cran-orange jam as a buddy to some very lean chicken, turkey, or lamb I want to make for dinner this week.
The jam costs eleven dollars and is absolutely homegrown. There are other flavors available and we would love to try them out. You can find them at Reform School (like we did) or at NoHo’s Fsrmers Mrket and Verdugo Bar’s Craft Sessions (so says their website).