For a few years at the big annual specialty food trade show, we’ve been enchanted by a line of artisan jellies from Potlicker Kitchen in Stowe, Vermont.
So why haven’t written about them?
We were overwhelmed, because the beer an wine jellies deserve a special focus, as do the fruit jellies and jams.
So today, we take the first step: recommendation of the beer, with the fruit and wine jellies to come in a separate article.
Potlicker started as a food blog that focused on canning. The recipes, and the acclaim they received from friends and family, evolved into a small business.
Says Nancy Warner, the jelly maestro: “The canning pot never left the stove and I turned everything I could pick, purchase, and grow into preserves.
“One very long winter and a late night of canning, I ran out of fruit to turn into jam. I turned to my fridge and cabinets, which may have been void of fruit but were reasonably well stocked with beer, wine, and booze. I knew of wine jelly and quickly whipped up some Rosemary Garlic Chablis wine jelly, after adapting a recipe from the Ball Blue Book.
“Totally thrilled with the result, I immediately knew I needed to make a beer jelly. I had never heard of beer jelly. As a craft beer lover, it was important to me to make an unadulterated beer jelly that actually looks and tastes like beer, not spices or apples.”
“Eventually…I packed up my canning and a bit of baking and went to market. People loved the [jelly] flavors I made, but the beer jelly really stole the show. It was the first thing to sell out and I thought “Maybe I’m onto something.” So I just followed the path as it opened in front of me.”
We’re so glad that she did.
The beer jellies are made with Vermont craft beers.
What does beer jelly taste like? It tastes like the beer it’s made with, which is why you need to use great beers.
India Pale Ale Jelly has the distinct flavor profile of an IPA; a Pumpkin Ale Jelly will
HOW TO USE BEER JELLY
When you get your first jar, you’ll want to dip into it with a spoon—and that’s just fine. But, use it any way you would use jelly or preserves.
In addition to your own creations, here are suggestions and recipes:
10 FLAVORS OF BEER JELLY
Current flavors include:
In fact, with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up, we recommend it!
And plan ahead for the holidays, for your beer-loving friends.
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