Post # 1
My sister and I were going to make homemade jam this summer as favours for the wedding. BUT I make a really mean caramel and have been thinking it may be a better option. My sister/MOH thinks I’m off my rocker. Because I love lists, here’s my pros and cons for each.
Jam – Pros – tastes yummy, can be done a few months in advance
Cons – both jars and fruit are expensive, pretty labour intensive
Caramel – Pros – double yum!, doesn’t require expensive ingredients, can do smaller pots (therefore, cheaper as well)
Cons – can only be done up to a month before but I’d prefer doing it about two weeks before, has to stay in the fridge (we have a spare fridge in the basement)
Post # 3
I vote for carmel! I would love to have a jar of homemade carmel, I have only seen cars of jam in the past but I think the carmel would be amazing and it seems as though it will save you a lot of time and energy.
Post # 4
I’d be thrilled with either one, seriously! But, I’m inclined to go with caramel…makes me want an ice cream sundae 🙁
No seriously, a lot of people are particular about what kind of fruit jam they like, if at all. I think caramel might be more universally liked. And- cheaper is always a plus!
Post # 5
i have a thing for caramel, and would love to receive it as a favor!
Post # 6
Jam people? Any words? There are two of you out there 😉
Post # 7
Oh I should also say we’ve done a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society as well and they’re giving us Forget-me-not seeds for everyone, so smaller pots of caramel won’t look weird.
Post # 8
Sorry! I’d also prefer caramel, even though I LOVE jam. I think it’s more unique and romantic, and I know lots of people who just don’t like jam.
Post # 9
I vote for the Caramel because it’s something different. Plus I LOVE caramel!
Post # 10
I actually like the idea of the homemade caramel. Sounds yummy and it is unique and since you will be making either the jam or the carmel, you would know what it takes to make both. Do what you wish.
Post # 11
Okay, I’ll bite: I’d prefer the jam. No good reason other than that I make my own homemade carmel, though, and I have no idea how to make jam.
But may want to start now… yum.
Post # 12
I’m not sure what I would do with a jar of caramel – I wouldn’t eat it plain and I don’t really know what I would add it to. I think jam is more practical so that’s my vote.
Post # 13
My sister is being a Debbie Downer. She said something along the lines of “It’s a bad idea. You’ll have too many other things to do leading up to the wedding.”. I think I have to rain on her parade though. Picking all the fruit ourselves (ya you read that right), the cost of the fruit and the jars… I think it could easily add up to $500 by the time it’s all said and done. I think the caramel I can do for less than $100 and will take me a fraction of the time. And yes, it’s RIDICULOUSLY yummy!
Post # 14
For all of you that are curious, this is the recipe I use. It’s really easy, but you have to be SUPER careful when it starts to caramelize. It goes from “oooh that’s lovely” to “oh my god it’s burnt!!!!” in a split second. I’ve ruined about 1/3 of the batches I’ve made. It only takes about 20 minutes to make about 3-4 cups of it.
@Tulip61110 – Dip apple slices in it, or drizzle it over ice cream… Or just a spoon and the jar is my favourite method 😉
Post # 15
Jam. I’m such a big jam person and I really don’t like caramel – no clue why, maybe it’s just a bit too sickly sweet for me sometimes (especially store bought).
Post # 16
I’d do caramel because it’s less expensive and very tasty!