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Pump up the Jam & Cheeses

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Sat, Dec 22, 2018 @ 06:54 AM

In search of an appetizer for easy entertaining? Pairing jam and cheese offers endless possibilities.

In the tradition of foods that hit that harmonious spot between sweet and salty comes an idea so easy, so elegant, yet based on two staples most Americans have on hand: cheese and jam. This may sound like an unlikely duet, but after you sample a few of these pairings you might just change your tune. These combinations work for an elegant cheese plate, served with crackers or slices of baguette, but some pairings are also nice for a jazzed-up grilled cheese sandwich. While most jams and jellies are made with fruits, savory preserves like pepper jelly, tomato jam and red onion marmalade are also excellent natural pairs for a variety of cheeses. Look for these specialty items in the jams and jellies aisle, but be sure to check out the cheese department for unique spreads as well.

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Tags: Cheese, Recipes, Holiday Desserts

The Secret to Low Sugar Jelly & Jam

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 @ 03:48 PM

Pomona’s Pectin

For generations, jam and jelly makers have used traditional pectin to get their preserves to jell. Traditional pectin relies on large amounts of sugar to firm up preserves. Pomona’s Universal Pectin, which you'll find in the Co-op, uses a special type of pectin that jells with calcium. Pomona’s allows you to make jams and jellies with less sugar or with alternative sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or stevia. Each box has a detailed instructions that help you re-imagine your favorite jam recipe with less sugar or using alternative sweeteners. If you want further resources, Pomona’s Pectin has a fantastic jam and jelly crafting book (photo above) which we carry in our book section throughout the canning season.

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Tags: Recipes, Honey

Sensational Berry Smoothies

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

The smoothie — a drinkable breakfast, snack, or workout drink — is one of the easiest culinary creations to make at home. A variation on the kinds of fruity drinks made in tropical countries for years, it was christened “smoothie” in the 1960s. As it grew to include healthy add-ins, boosting it from a snack to a meal, the smoothie began to inch into the healthy mainstream. Suddenly, smoothies were everywhere! Check out these sensational berry smoothies as a starting point. Each one is simple and completely delicious.

Check out these staff-picked ingredients that bump your Summer Smoothies, popsicles, morning coffee, even your basic cooking & baking recipes to the next level!

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Tags: Strawberries, Recipes, Blueberries, Spinach, Local Raspberries

Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Tue, Jul 04, 2017 @ 02:31 PM

Serves: 4 Total time: 15 minutes

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Tags: Recipes, Garlic, Tomatoes, cucumbers, Salads

Strawberry Honey Freezer Jam

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Sun, Jun 18, 2017 @ 04:10 PM

Local strawberries and honey are a match made in heaven! This jam is a fantastic way to preserve the harvest and is delicious on morning toast, scones, or with yogurt. Feel free to substitute the honey for equal amounts cane sugar or maple syrup. Want to try something new? Try adding 2-4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar in step three below to make Strawberry Balsamic Jam!


Prep Time: 25 minutes. Cook time: 15 minutes. Yields: 4-5 cups of jam. Stores for up to 1 year in freezer

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Tags: Strawberries, Recipes