Announcing…UtHC Jam Swap ’09

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UPDATE: Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2009. Get yours in now!

See Step 3 below for information on how to email your entry to me.

Calling all jam enthusiasts!

This fall, Under the High Chair is hosting its very first virtual jam swap and quite possibly the first event of this kind in the blogosphere! Come October, this will be the place to show off your home preserves and showcase how you captured summer in a jar.

Your last name doesn’t have to be Smucker or Smith to contribute to the event; most of us are amateurs in the ancient art of home canning. Don’t be shy! The goal is to inspire and be inspired.

No, we’re not going to actually swap real jars of jam, as in mailing them all over creation. Somehow that just doesn’t seem practical, frugal or even responsible in this day and age. Nope, no real jam, but if you will follow the simple steps to participate, I will provide the platform to bring us together to swap recipes and ideas.

Here’s how to participate:

Step 1: Can it. Literally. Make your jam, jelly, fruit butter, marmalade or what ever you are inspired to create. Have fun and pay attention! Do NOT try to Twitter while home canning.

Step 2: Photograph and blog about your preserves. If you don’t have a blog, don’t worry, but do snap a photo to include with your submission. Do this anytime over the summer, but preferably before October 31. Include this post as a link in you blog post and feel free to grab one of our adorable badges designed by Jess Spring to decorate you post or sidebar.

Step 3: Send me an email aimee(dot)c(dot)bourque(at)gmail(dot)com with Jam Swap as the subject line containing the following info:
-your name
-your blog’s name and url
-the name of your jam
-a link to your jam blog post with jam recipe*
-a photo of your jam

Step 4: Help spread the word! Twitter this event, write about it on your blog or discuss it over afternoon tea with friends. Thank you!

*(Please note that your submission should be for a jam recipe, not just a recipe that includes jam! Thanks.)

That’s it! The Under the High Chair Jam Swap ’09 roundup will be posted in mid-November.
Questions? Comments? Speak up in the comments section below or drop me an email.

I can’t wait to hear everyone’s stories and see the creations from your kitchens.

Good luck and Happy Canning!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Hi Aimee! I suppose the posts have to be new or can we use older posts not previously entered into an event?

  2. Good question, Manggy. New posts only please, although recipes and photos certainly can be re-used!

  3. Sounds like a great event. I will put it on my calendar.

  4. I love this idea, although I wish the post on your site was earlier so I still had produce to make some of the recipes. Can we enter more then one post? I do a lot of jamming.


  5. Count me in! I wanna play!.

  6. What a fun event!

  7. Oh yeah! Oh yeah! Oh yeah! Can't wait!

  8. So fun! Now all I have to do is figure out how to can! 🙂

  9. Awesome! I can't wait! We are madly eating up the last of the last from last year's swap.

  10. Oh, the possibilities! Thank you for hosting this great event– sounds like so much fun!

  11. oh how i wish i knew how to make jam. how about a coffee drinking swap? i am SO good at drinking coffee?

  12. Sounds like fun! I will have to see what I can come up with. I love those pretty badges, BTW!

  13. This sounds like so much fun! I already have a jam recipe in mind:)

  14. Aimee's Jam-Loving Husband says

    Seriously, you need to send us some jam.

  15. Thanks everyone for such an enthusiastic response! How come no one signs up when I mention spring cleaning? 🙂

    Robin- At this point, I am going to say one submission per person. If everyone forgets and no one enters then I'll be contacting you!

    Susan- Aren't the badges lovely? I want to frame them for my kitchen!

  16. Oooh, I'll be playing along! I have this bad habit of making jam each year, even though I have so many in the pantry!

  17. Yes, Yes YES! I love this and want to participate. I'll take care of the link and email to you tomorrow, Thank you!

  18. So fun! Can't wait to get on it.

  19. Oooh jam swap again! This is such a good idea. You guys will have a blast.

    Your rhubarb drink looks delicious. I want to make it so much. I think I would use tequila too.

    I wish I had all of that rhubarb.

  20. What a great idea. Count on me to stay tuned. Might have to be the first summer I do a bit of jam…

  21. Hi! It is too late to participate? I would love to do this!!

  22. Hi Kelsey- You've got plenty of time! The deadline to submit isn't until October 31, as we will be canning all summer long.

    Hope you participate!

  23. Anonymous says

    Inspiration has struck! Thank you for providing this incentive. So much fun!

  24. Please count me in!

  25. Thanks so much for the invite over, you can count me in…can't wait to see every one's!

  26. I don't know if this counts, as the entry is from August 20th, but I just made a new batch yesterday..but I can't reblog about it now. I don't can. This was my frist and second attempt. Successful though it was, I won't be making big batches any time soon. Do with it what you will, but it is a damn good apple butter recipe.

  27. How do you feel about Jelly? Or like a jam/jelly layered-ish thing

  28. Hi Candace- Oh jelly is just fine too! Or a butter… We like it all!

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