From orange marmalade to apple chutney, preserves are a great way to dress up your meals. The newest way to get your fix (without an 8 a.m. farmers? market run): jam subscriptions courtesy of award-winning small-batch makers. Here, a few of our favorites.
For the Purist California company INNA Jam specializes in single-variety flavors such as quince and spicy jalapeño. (Try the latter as a glaze for pork.) Subscriptions arrive three times a year (spring, summer and fall) and include ever-changing seasonally made offerings. $66 for six jams per year, $132 for 12 jams per year, $264 for 24 jams per year
For the Marmalade Lover Rachel Saunders of the Oakland, California-based Blue Chair Fruit Company has long loved jam?s chunkier, candied cousin. The veteran preserver combines unusual marmalade flavors--think grapefruit and tomato--with conventional fruit jams and ships them to your door every two months. $120 for nine jams per six months
For the Entertainer The preserves in Seattle-based Deluxe Foods?s quarterly subscription serve a purpose beyond topping toast. Spring?s slated shipment includes an apricot jam that makes a delicious cake filling and a crab apple jelly that?s perfect as a ham sandwich spread. $128 for eight jams per year
For the Adventurous Palate Subscribers to Durham, North Carolina-based This & That Jam?s JSA (jam supporting agriculture) receive a single jar of unexpected preserves each month. Past flavors like strawberry balsamic sea salt and ginger persimmon chutney have us extra excited to check the mailbox. $70 for 12 jams per year