Jars of Goodness

Jars of Goodness

I truly believe every Kitchen cupboard should have a wonderful choice of chutneys, spreads, Jams and condiments as they are amazing on their own or add a wonderful flavour to dishes (or cocktails as you will see later.)

I have recently tried Jars of Goodness, which are ethical, homemade and absolutely beautiful. They are made from fresh produce, the jars are recycled and it is all made with lots of love. The jars have a really attractive look and design and make any Kitchen look that much more complete.


These are made and available to buy in Kenya and any Kenyan will recognize the distinct East African cloth wrapped around the lid of the jars. Gorgeous aren’t they?

I tried 5 different flavours and here is my review. Look out for some recipes and tips on how to use the products.

Strawberry Sangria Jam

Strawberries and wine – is that not the best combination ever? This is perfect spread on hot toast, or on scones for an indulgent afternoon tea combined with clotted cream, or even better, a dollop of this with Shrikhand! It tastes amazing.

My recipe for Strawberry Sangria Jam and Shrikhand is as follows:

Ingredients

500g Greek yoghurt

1 teaspoon saffron threads

1 tablespoon warm milk

1⁄2 cup icing sugar

1⁄2 teaspoon cardamom powder

1 tablespoon Strawberry Sangria Jam

Method:

  1. Put the yoghurt in middle of a cheesecloth, tie the ends of the cloth and place in a colander over a large bowl in the fridge to chill overnight.
  2. The next day put the drained yoghurt into a bowl, mix in saffron, milk, sugar, jam and cardamom.
  3. Garnish with a few saffron strands.

Trust me it tastes fantastic and gives a nice modern twist to Shrikhand.

 Peppered Pineapple Jam

Pineapple and habanero peppers – woah this is a taste fusion made in heaven. This has wonderful contrasts of sweet vs savoury and has a lovely punch to it. This goes fantastically as a spread in a sandwich as it has a refreshing taste to it. This would also be really impressive served on a cheese board alongside crackers. I loved the taste of this. It was slightly addictive and I didn’t want to stop eating it.

It has a really attractive jar too and is so uplifting.

Pear and Walnut Chutney

Pears and walnuts go together phenomenally and this chutney had the right balance of both flavours. Crumpets with this chutney layered on would taste beautiful as a breakfast treat. I tried it with croissants and it tasted spectacular.

This chutney is not just for breakfast though. It goes well with warm goat’s cheese in a salad for lunch, as an idea, or in a sandwich with some fresh watercress or slices of cucumber. For dinner, pair with gnocchi and for dessert use it in a mascarpone and double cream pudding.


Paradise in a Jar

Pineapple, coconut and citrus – dreaming of a beach already with this combination!  This is so refreshing, so delicious and so beautiful. I know I will be picking up some more jars of this when I am next in Kenya.

Add a dollop in porridge or in a smoothie bowl for an instant uplift of zingy flavour. Eat with crusty bread or with shortbread biscuits. For dessert, add a spoon to vanilla ice cream for some tropical fusion.

Or why not make Pineapple Jam-ito?

All you need is:

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice of a pineapple– finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 shots rum
  • 1 tablespoon of Paradise in a jar jam
  • ice
  • 1 glass Soda water
  • Handful of mint
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

1) In a cocktail shaker, muddle the pineapple.

2) Add the rum, jam, soda water, sugar and some ice to the shaker. Place on the lid and shake really well. 

3) Add ice to your serving glass and strain the cocktail into the glass.

4)  Garnish with mint leaves and serve.


Sundried Tomato mustard

I saved my favourite for last as this was so good I am halfway through the jar in only a few days! As you can see from the photograph below, I had it layered on toast with a fried egg on top. It was epic.

Since then I have eaten it as a dip with crisps and nachos, sneakily on its own, with carrot batons and even with fried mogo. It tastes really good with roasted potatoes and as a marinade for chicken too. The options are endless! This is a really good jar to have handy in the cupboard!

From the packaging to the taste of these products I was so impressed and already counting down to go to Kenya to pick up some more. All you lucky ducks in Kenya try these if you haven’t already they are fantastic.

The range is not limited to the products I have reviewed. There are other exciting flavours such as Pistachio and white chocolate, Chocolate ginger jam, raspberry and white chocolate, Rose petal jam (how amazing does this sound), Ploughman’s chutney, Apricot chutney, Orange, ginger and coriander marmalade, Passion fruit curd, olive pesto, Whiskey mustard and so much more.

These would make fabulous gifts (I am thinking Diwali & Christmas), or even as a treat for someone special. More importantly buy some jars for your home. These are fantastic, homemade and delicious!

For more information on the range have a look at the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jarofgoodness

Telephone: +254 720 132872

Disclosure: I was sent products to review but all views, photos and recipes are my own.

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2 Comments

  1. November 12, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    Peppered pineapple sounds amazing! I recently bought a strawberry jam with balsamic vinegar and black pepper from Elveden which is fabulous and doesn’t feel like I’m eating jam!

    • November 12, 2015 / 12:53 pm

      You had me at balsamic vinegar and strawberry!!!! Will check it out!

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