28 Good Uses for Jam (Besides Spreading It on Bread)
Creative Ways to Use Jam
Jam is traditionally known for being delicious and it is served on bread or scones. Jams come in many different shapes and forms such as jellies, marmalades, chutneys, fruit butters, fruit spreads, fruit curds, and confits.
Despite all of the different variations of this delicious fruit confection, it is essentially always a type of fruit preserve made of fruit and sugar and combined with a gelling agent such as honey or pectin. Jam lasts for a long time and can be enjoyed in many more creative ways than simply spread on bread.
Of course, jam is considered a perfect accompaniment to peanut butter, as many kids and adults alike will gladly agree. But I suppose that we can only eat so many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before craving something a little different. So, here are a few other good uses for it and ways to make it more interesting when combined with some of your other favorite foods.
28 Good Uses for Jam
- Make a jam smoothie: blend your favorite jam with milk, fresh fruit, and yoghurt.
- Serve marmalade and cream cheese on crackers.
- Use the jam as a glaze for pork or chicken; it can easily be added to BBQ sauce.
- Liven up any boring original cheesecake with a dollop of jam on top of the cheesecake.
- Spread it between cake layers, for example, a Victoria sponge cake.
- Gently warm it up and thin it (apple or peach jam works best) and pour it over ice cream for an extra treat.
- Use it as a simple pancake or waffle topping.
- It makes great gifts—especially when homemade!
- Stir it into cottage cheese.
- Served up some jam with some sliced-up local fruit; simple, but delicious.
- Serve a blob of jam in a bowl of oatmeal for a comforting snack; it's a great food to eat before bed.
- Swirl in some strawberry jam to add to rice pudding.
- Buy plain yogurt and add jam for flavoring according to your taste.
- Cover a wheel of brie cheese with jam and wrap it in puff pastry and bake.
- Stir jam into icing for a different and yummy cake topping.
- Fill doughnuts with it!
- Make jam-filled butter cookies.
- Get the kids to help in the kitchen—mix jam into the pancake batter, you can't go wrong!
- Make a simple jam tart! All you have to do is fill individual pastry tartlet cases with jam. It's nice served warm with a dollop of ice cream on the side!
- Make a batch of surprise muffins—half-fill the muffin cups, put in a dob of jam, and then cover the jam with more muffin mix.
- Jam makes an easy crepe filling! Top it with a spoonful of cream fraiche or whipping cream.
- For a flavourful protein shake, blend jam, milk and protein powder.
- Use a jelly-type version to sweeten tea instead of sugar or honey.
- Mix it with oil, vinegar and spices for a sweet salad dressing.
- Use jam instead of sugar for making chewy and fruity cookies.
- Drizzle warmed-up jam over really hot and spicy chicken wings.
- Spoon marmalade over chicken breasts before baking (it makes a really simple glaze).
- Make Queen of Puddings, which uses up leftover bread with jam and eggs.