Best By Dates.

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I often get asked, what the best by date actually means for Jams, Jellies and Conserves and so on? It is really just that,   it tastes better because it is fresher. Maybe the fruit tastes more fruity or fresh!  But what it doesn’t mean is expired.   First of all sugar is a wonderful preservative. Secondly,…

The History and Art of Making Jam

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Blueberry, pineapple, banana, blackberry: delicious whole fruits combine with a few other natural ingredients to make the sweet homemade jams we have known and loved for decades. From spreading it on your favorite breads to topping your pancakes, jams stand the test of time as a classic homemade staple. Jam has a history as rich…

It’s commonly asked—what distinguishes a jam from a jelly, or a marmalade from a conserve? It’s a great question because understanding the variance between the four will help you decide what to eat these very different and very delicious spreads with! Jam A jam is primarily made from whole or cut fruits, and then cooked…

The Story of Scottish Shortbread

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Every sweet has its history. Most sweets are also associated with specific holidays and are gifted more frequently at different times of the year. Scottish shortbread is almost always thought of as a Christmas bread, but at Vermont Harvest, we bake this treat all year round to share with our customers. Scottish shortbread is a…

Guilt-Free Holiday Gift Baskets

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A ponderable issue that shows more prominence around the holiday season involves that of food guilt. How do we cope when we overeat, when we want to overeat? Do we even dare? If this is something that is close to your conscience, then you’re not alone. At Vermont Harvest, we know that self-indulgence is an…