Preservation Society is featured in our Cheese+ 2017 issue.
This might be the sugar talking, but no matter: Whether jam, jelly, conserve, or marmalade, there’s no better partner than preserved fruits for wheels and wedges of all sorts. Our annual Cheese+ pairings issue seemed like the perfect place to showcase some of our favorites, classic and newfangled alike, from creative makers around the country. Go ahead—spread it on thick.
Muscadine Grape Jam
It’s the stuff of grown-up PB&J dreams: super-grapey with ginger and rosemary taming the sweetness. Act like an adult and slather it on a ricotta-topped multi-grain slice.
PAIR WITH: Fruition Farms Sheep’s Milk Ricotta
Grapefruit & Smoked Salt Marmalade
Anarchy in a Jar
Smoked salt balances out grapefruit’s bitterness in this intriguing savory-sweet marmalade, tailor-made for a sheep’s milk cheese.
PAIR WITH: Ossau-Iraty PDO
Calamondin & Saffron Preserves
Lemon Bird Preserves
Calamondins, a cross between kumquats and mandarin oranges, are suspended in saffron syrup in these sophisticated, lip-puckering preserves.
PAIR WITH: Brillat-Savarin PGI
Tomato Tapas Jam
Three Little Figs
You may be tempted to eat this ubersavory stuff straight from the jar, but save it for cocktail hour; the umami-rich tomato base cries out for grassy, smoky sheep’s milk cheese.
PAIR WITH: Idiazábal PDO
Raspberry Mostarda with Vermont Ice Cider
Blake Hill Preserves
Developed with the folks at Jasper Hill Farm, Blake Hill’s berry-forward spread has a touch of heat from mustard powder that draws out similar notes in the creamery’s famed bloomy-rind wheel.
PAIR WITH: Jasper Hill Farm Harbison
Shiro Plum with Mint Spoon Preserves
Girl Meets Dirt
Diminutive and tart, Shiro plums translate beautifully into jam, especially when enlivened with mint from the maker’s kitchen garden.
PAIR WITH: Coach Farm Rawstruck
Yellow Tomato Peach Jam
A brilliant, balanced mash-up of ripe summer tomatoes and peaches.
PAIR WITH: Luigi Guffanti Robiola Tre Latti
Strawberry Chili Shiraz
Peak-season strawberries have a delicacy that’s tough to capture in a jar, but this mix of whole fruit and red wine nails it, with the added bonus of lingering heat on the finish.
PAIR WITH: Brie de Meaux PDO
Moro Blood Orange & Tonga Vanilla Bean Marmalade
Packed with supertender blood orange rind, this sunny confiture will transport you straight to La-La-Land.
PAIR WITH: Calabro Cheese Corp. Ricotta di Bufala
Spiced Marionberry Fruit Spread
Mt. Hope Farms
These vibrant, plummy preserves—made from Oregon marionberries—are studded with warm spice and are pitch-perfect with a range of cheeses from Alpine styles to bloomy rinds.
PAIR WITH: Mt. Townsend Creamery Seastack
Prickly Purple Heart Jam
Friend in Cheeses Jam Co.
This spunky spiced confection made from opuntia—a.k.a. prickly pears—is part of the California company’s Drought Responsibility Project line (featuring fruits that thrive without much water).
PAIR WITH: Langres PDO
The little pomegranate arils in this zippy Golden State creation add nice textural contrast to a creamy, mellow blue.
PAIR WITH: Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company Original Blue