Jam news

Silver medals at the World Marmalade Competition 2016

We’ve won a silver medal at the World Marmalade Competition at Dalemain in Cumbria for our Blood orange marmalade.  The judges comments say it all: “a lovely orangey flavour, an excellent marmalade”.  If you haven’t already, come and try it soon!

Silver medals at the World Jampionships 2014   silver

We just heard today that we have been awarded silver medals for two of our most popular jams, Peach Melba and Blackcurrant jam.  Both jams were both honoured by the World Jampionships 2014 which had over 500 entries!  You can find out more about the world jampionships and perhaps try entering yourself next year.  http://www.worldjampionships.com/2014-artisan-winners

Silver and bronze awards for our marmalades at the World National Marmalade competition 2014

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded a silver medal for our Citrus Burst marmalade and a bronze medal for our Seville Orange Marmalade at the annual 2014 National Marmalade Awards at Dalemain.  Find out more about the competition and see the complete lists of winners on the Dalemain website here.

Happy new year!  Read all about our jammy business in the Bolton News.

A very happy new year to all our customers, friends and wholesalers.  We had a lovely relaxing break over Christmas and then in January, the Bolton News  did a feature about our jam and the progress we’ve made over the last twelve months.  The article explains how we began jamin’ and gives you a bit of an insight into our world.  You can read the article directly on the Bolton New Website.  Here is the link

British seasonal favourites at the Bolton Food Festival 2013 

We’ll be showcasing our new limited edition seasonal favourites at the annual Bolton Food and drink festival from 23rd until 26th August.  These very special jams come in 227g jars and are made with only the best seasonal English produce including Gooseberries growth in Bolton, cherries from Herefordshire and blueberries from Shropshire.  Flavours include Gooseberry , gooseberry and cherry, cherry and blueberry.  We’ll also have all of our regular flavours, the majority of with are also made with the best of British produce, sold in 315g jars.  Come along and see us on Oxford Street in Bolton town centre and say hello.

British Strawberries are back!!!         photo (5)

This week has been terrifically exciting because the British strawberry is back in season!  We’ve made a new batch of strawberry jam and one excited jam fan at the recent Radcliffe Artisan market told us that it was the best strawberry jam she had ever tasted!  We’ve also made our famous strawberry and rhubarb using British strawberries and Bolton grown  Rhubarb.  Its been a long winter but the return of the English Strawberry signals that summer might just be round the corner!

Do the ‘Chive Drive’ with Incredible Edible Bromley Cross and discover their new recipe book!

Incredible Edible Bromley Cross (IEBX) was launched in May 2012 with the aim of supporting the local community in growing food for themselves and promoting local producers and businesses, to benefit the local economy. We visited IEBX on Saturday as they launched their new ‘chive drive’!  Anyone can take part, just plant some chives in your local area where lots of people can access them, wait for them to grow and then everyone can benefit.  IEBX have also launched a brand new recipe book with loads of gorgeous vegetable recipes including a special blackcurrant and rhubarb jam recipe idea from I Heart Jam!  It also features recipes from Leon’s Restaurants, London,  The Salad Bowl and Woody’s Deli.   IEBX takes its inspiration from Incredible Edible Todmorden which is now nationally renowned for its work on community vegetable growing.

Below is a photo of Lisa’s chives, strategically placed on her street so that all the neighbours can help themselves and the front of the new recipe book.


Calling all Delis, cafes, butchers, bakers, candlestick makers, your customers need quality jam!  

As spring finally arrives, we’re looking for new suppliers to stock our home made jammy goodness so that we can spread the word about how a quality jam looks and tastes.  If you are interested in potentially becoming a supplier, why not drop us an email at iredheartjam@gmail.com and we can send you further details and arrange to provide you with some samples of our products.  Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Fun times at Damson Day 2013

We had a great time at the annual damson day in the Lyth Valley on the 13th April.  It was a great day of damson themed fun including entertainment, games and loads of local food and craft stalls.     We sold out of our damson jam and our special damson and apple jelly!  We source the majority of our damsons from Westmorland in the Lakes.  Its part of our commitment to British growers and producers and because we think great jam is dependent on high quality fruit.  You can learn all about the Westmorland damsons from the Westmorland Damson Association website  .

We’re seeing stars!5 star rating

Great news,  we’ve just heard from Bolton Council that we’ve been awarded a five star rating for our food hygiene!  So you can buy in confidence knowing that not only does it taste great, but its been prepared with a lot of care and attention.

Happy New Year 

After a very relaxing Christmas and new year, the jam duo are back for 2013.  Seville oranges are now in season so we’re getting cracking on those and we’re also doing some work to spruce up our labels.  We are also looking forward to lots of new events in 2013 and our Calendar is filling up fast for March/April and May.  Our first outing for 2013 will be the Longridge Farmer’s Market at the Civic Hall.  You can find out more here   .  If you can’t wait that long, remember you can also get our jam at the Salad Bowl, Horwich, Woody’s Deli in Egerton and Mrs Gs Greengrocer in Southport and Vincent’s Garden Centre.  Hope you see you soon, Love Sarah and Lisa

Great Harwood Christmas Farmers Market 2nd December

We will be going along to the Great Harwood Christmas Farmers Market on the 2nd December which takes place in aid of the East Lancashire Hospice with a huge range of stalls including fresh coffee, chocolate, wine, chutney and a lovely selection of crafts.  You will find everything you need for Christmas!

Apple jams and jellies now available!

We had a trip down to Winsors’ apples in Cheshire this week and picked up a selection of their finest new season apples.  We spent last week turning them into a delicious range of apple jams and jellies including a delicious blackberry and apple, Raspberry and apple and some very special Christmas apple jelly with ginger and cinnamon.

We were ‘Jamin’ at the September Smithhills Craft Fair

We had a great day at Smithhills Fair where we officially launched  I heart jam!   Thanks to everyone who came along and supported us.  It was interesting hearing people’s views on their favorite flavours and we are looking forward to doing it all again next month!   We’d like to send out a special thanks to Jo Thwaites for taking some fantastic photos.

Fruit picking inflicts injuries on jam makers hands

Anybody know a good manicurist?  Our hands look like a war zone after a week of picking the thorn covered gooseberries and juicy squashy blackcurrants!  However, despite the pain, our first batch of blackcurrant jam came out of the pan this week and tastes fantastic!

Midsummer jam making

We spent yesterday making up a new batch of jam which will be going on sale soon.  After a hectic morning down at the market we returned home and were soon busy preparing fruit, boiling and exploring new ideas on recipes and flavours.  Perhaps the most difficult part of jam making is the set.  Understanding the point at which the heaving mass of molten fruit and sugar has become jam.  My mum’s technique was to test a few drops of jam on  a cold saucer from the freezer, and if it formed a skin or began to wrinkle, its time to jar up!


One thought on “Jam news

  1. Sarah – You made my breakfast from Thursday onwards this week! I thought my late Shirley’s Seville Orange Marmalade was the best ever. Would that she were still here to share my enjoyment of your’s – very yummy and decidedly moreish! Please put me on your mailing list. Happy boilings! and every good wish. Allan

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