Cookbook Review: The Jamlady Cookbook

The Jamlady Cookbook is a very thorough reference guide for canners, gardeners, chefs and new cooks. It provides mouth-watering photographs, hundreds of recipes for jams, preserves, jellies, and many other homemade products.

The author, Beverly Ellen Schoonmaker Alfeld, was raised by parents who ran a commercial greenhouse. Later, as an adult, she received her Bachelor’s Degree as well as two Master’s degrees. She completed training through the Food and Drug Administration. Using her teaching skills, being an educator for over 23 years, she has dedicated her life to educating home cooks on how to can safely. This is her first book.

This book is so nice. There are over 400 recipes, color photographs deliciously displayed, and a lot of information. The book is very easy-to-read; the recipes are easy-to-understand and a wonderful book for anyone, especially gardeners who are looking for new ideas to can their bounty!

Some of the information you will find in this book are: processing methods and trouble shooting; definitions of jams, jellies, preserves, butters, marmalades, conserves, spreads and chutneys; recipes for jams, jellies and preserves, including sugar free versions; a recipe section on how to bake with your new “jams”; many butter recipes; and an excellent appendix showing the pH of foods and measurements.

Some of the wonderful recipes you will find in this lovely book are: Wine Jelly, Orange Marmalade, Hot Mango Jam, Pumpkin Butter, Cherry Vanilla Preserves, and Red Pepper Marmalade. I was so impressed with the unusual recipes and tantalizing combinations! I plan to try the Cantaloupe Conserve next.

The Jamlady has her own website. There you can purchase some of her creations. She offers recipes, and locations to find her if you would like to purchase her products in person. She even gives her email address if you have any questions. Some of the products you can purchase through her site are; Hot Crocodile Chutney, Strawberry Butter, and Jalapeno Pepper Jelly.

Jamlady’s recipes ARE easy-to-follow. With her background in education, she presents recipes that even a novice can understand.

In her book she includes useful tools that you can use for jamming. Her recipes do not require any special tools, but she has information there for readers who are wanting to take their jamming skills into high production mode.

Most of her ingredients are extremely easy to locate. But some of her ingredients offer a challenge as they are more exotic. But for readers in other parts of the country (or world) may not have that trouble. I think it depends on your location.

The recipes I sampled were delicious.

She is a master jammer, master educator and an author to look for in the future.

This cookbook is well worth the price of $35.00. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Having this book inspired my creativity and made me want to try all the recipes. In fact, after getting this book, I plan to buy it as Christmas gifts this year, and start a small garden next year so I can try more recipes with my own produce!

“The Jamlady Cookbook”
Beverly Ellen Schoonmaker Alfeld
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company (July 4, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589802357
ISBN-13: 978-1589802353


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