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How to use up an open jar of Jam

In winter and early Spring foraging is slim pickings, but if you were prepared you’ll still have a jar of last summers foraged fruit to put to good use? I’m sure most folks would agree that jam is especially comforting in late winter when there isn’t much fresh anything around, which is exactly when and why I find myself writing this guide for you! Yes I could buy some imported fruit from Morocco or somewhere equally far flung, but even if I was OK with the extra air miles it just doesn’t taste the same as seasonal fruit grown locally and to be honest I'm craving the sugar!

Once you’ve cracked the lid however there’s no going back - you’re going to have to use it all sooner rather than later! Scroll down for plenty of ideas of how to use up that jar of jam throughout the month after opening, before the mould sets in and eats it for you:


If you want simple you can make your own ‘fruit-corner’ yogurts. Just dollop a spoonful of the jam into some plain natural or greek yogurt and voila! If you’ll be enjoying your yogurt somewhere other than home, pop the jam into a smaller tub until you’re ready to mix it up.

For extra goodness and a bit more bite, scatter your fancy yogurt snack with some Chia seeds, nuts, or oats.


Sweet Fruity Porridge / Rice Pudding

Plonk a spoonful into the centre of a bowl of porridge, rice pudding, chia, or whatever else stodgy cereal I've missed. Mornings can inevitably become a bit bland but as we know Jam can improve just about anything...

On that thought, depending on the type of Jam you have it might even go well in a savoury recipe! Drop a spoonful into a stew or a posh jus if you're feeling fancy and see how you like it!


Jam sandwiches

Sometimes I forget that jam sandwiches are even an option any more, since I’m (apparently) an adult - and have been for some time… Crusts on or off is up to you and your inner child! Of course they’re wildly bad for you with that much of a sugar hit in one go, but there’s nothing else that quite compares to the comfort level of that level of sweetness so for the occasional indulgence, why not?


Jam Tarts 

Simple yet impressive, and perfect for sharing. I made a tray of jam tarts at Christmas from a batch of mixed fruit 'Hedgerow Jam' for the folks that can't stand a mince pie which went down a treat...

Click here for the recipe>


Flapjacks with jammy patches

These are full of all the oaty energy you need for a busy day outside, with patches of indulgent sticky fruit jam to tickle your taste buds! There’s a fair amount of sugar in them so I wouldn’t recommend them as a breakfast bar, but they’ll give you a suitably good boost as a snack on a hike or other labour intensive activity… Keep reading after the instructions below to see how I reduced our sugar content:


1. Grease and line a 20 cm baking tin, dollop several blobs of jam onto the paper. Try to position them so that each square will get a bit.

2. Make up the flapjack mixture as per the recipe* (I doubled the recipe to make an extra thick layer of oaty goodness, Ryan prefers a stodgy flapjack!)

3. Pour the buttery sugar coated oats into the tin carefully and try not to stir up the jam spots too much. Add a few more blobs of jam here and there as you go if you like so that you get some in the middle layer (any jam on top of the mixture hardens like candied fruit pieces if you like the sound of that…)

4. Compress the oats with the back of a spoon into a nice firm layer in the tin and bake until slightly golden, cooling in the tin as per the standard flapjack recipe.

 Flapjacks with sticky Damson JamFlapjacks with sticky Damson Jam

*I used slightly less sugar than the recipe usually calls for since the jam has plenty extra to add, and what sugar I do use has been ‘cut’ with low calorie natural sweetener xylitol (feel free to use stevia if you prefer it). I pre-mix xylitol with raw cane sugar in our sugar pot for use in coffees and whatever else in a half and half ratio, although not a perfectly healthy solution it’s still better for us than using 100% sugar... Do take care to keep your baked goods away from dogs if using xylitol as they cannot process it the same way as us and so can be toxic!


Spread it on Scones!

You can't get more indulgent than blending jam with a mouthful of clotted cream and bready goodness!

Don't have any scones? Try our easy drop scones recipe here>


Make your own jam filled ‘toaster tarts’ with this pastry based recipe at>


What are your favourite ways to enjoy Jam? Share in the comments below! 


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Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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