Quick question: What is the difference between jam, jelly, and marmalade? Don’t know? Me either. And this article won’t investigate that. It will, however, tell you about the delicious jam created by the family behind Jam By Hand.
What would you do if you picked so much fruit that you didn’t know what to do with it all? You would make jam of course! Well, that’s what Christine Laming did, and we are all very grateful that this is the route she took. I tried the Lamings’ carrot cake jam for the first time recently, a flavor that I didn’t even know existed. It was amazing, and it is safe to say, I have a new favorite jam.
Jam By Hand consists of a picturesque family of five in Canton, Michigan. Christine and Gerald Laming met while working in the music industry. Christine had a great passion for her career, but decided to take some time off while starting her family. Fortunately for us, time spent with her three daughters turned into fruit picking at Michigan’s finest U-Pick Orchards. Christine found that she loved picking fruit so much that she was soon overloaded and didn’t know what to do with it all. The only logical thing to do in a situation such as that was to turn it into jam. Yes, jam. The Lamings’ oldest daughter’s teacher sampled the jam and suggested that they start selling it; it was just that good. The Jam By Hand soon picked up a large fan base through private tasting parties, farmer’s markets, special community events, and word of mouth. Not only are these jams absolutely delicious, but they smell wonderful as well. Gerald mentioned that one of his favorite parts of his wife’s jam making is the aromas that fill their home. I can only imagine.
One of the top selling jams that the Lamings produce is Cinnamon Pear, which Gerald describes as being like a “warm hug.” How could anyone resist? Almost as much as I enjoyed the carrot cake jam, the strawberry lemon poppy seed jam was also amazing. It tasted exactly like strawberry lemonade! Christine has domestic skills that the rest of us can only dream of. I had the pleasure of sampling the raspberry jalapeño jam as well, which is not something that I would normally try. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the sweet and spicy flavors went together. Jam By Hand’s Facebook page describes it as, “mild with a kick,” and I couldn’t agree more.
There are even some lower sugar varieties; check out the blackberry apple or the peach berry cobbler jam if you are looking for something a little more heart healthy. A full list of their flavors can by found on Jam by Hand’s blog or their Facebook page. Contact information for ordering these lovely jams or gift baskets is also located on these pages. You might want to hurry up and order, though, otherwise I will wipe out their entire supply of carrot cake jam. ~Jennifer Hamilton, Feature Writer