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Jar Lunch: PB & J

The Jar Lunch: It’s like a bag lunch or a bento lunch, but the next big thing is lunch packed in a good ol’ mason jar. I have to microwave my lunch at work, so metal containers won’t work and heating up plastic has me worried. We often simply fill mason jars with leftovers, but sometimes it is fun to come up with a clever jar lunch and make a big batch. Lunch for the whole family is already packed.

Instead of the standby lunch sandwich, how about a peanut butter and jelly yogurt parfait? If you are skeptical about peanut butter in yogurt, I understand. I’ve tried it before to not-so-great results. This lunch was inspired by Levi, who taught me that peanut butter and jam yogurt really works. We eat plain yogurt with homemade jam just about every single day, and he decided to add some peanut butter. I went with his discovery and just added fruit.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients per lunch:
3/4 cup fresh fruit (sliced strawberries, blackberries, blueberries)
1 tablespoon jam
one cup plain yogurt
1 heaping tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon sweetener (sugar, cane syrup, agave, honey)

Directions:
In one bowl, combine fruit and jam until evenly coated. In another bowl, whisk together yogurt, peanut butter, and sweetener. Layer fruit and yogurt into pint-sized mason jars.

All that is missing here is a sprinkling of granola.

Next time I’m going to have to try Elvis-style, with bananas and honey.

Please add your photos to the Jar Lunch Flickr pool for this or any other jar lunches you make!

See our other Jar Lunches here.

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The winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered our book giveaway! We consulted random.org to select the winner of a pre-order for the upcoming Food in Jars book coming out in May.

The winner is comment number 90:

thePotlicker
March 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm
you are each such an inspiration. i am most excited about a new sunchoke recipe, my cilantro peanut pesto, and classic blackberry jelly.

Congratulations thePotlicker! We are e-mailing you to get your shipping information.

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our very first giveaway!

We just pre-ordered our copy of Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round.

The book description: Popular food blogger Marisa McClellan takes you through all manner of food in jars, storing away the tastes of all seasons for later. Basics like jams and jellies are accompanied by pickles, chutneys, conserves, whole fruit, tomato sauces, salsas, marmalades, nut butters, seasonings, and more. Small batches make them easy projects for a canning novice to tackle, and the flavors of vanilla bean, sage, and pepper will keep more experienced jammers coming back for more.

Sample some Apricot Jam and Rhubarb Syrup in the spring, and then try your hand at Blueberry Butter and Peach Salsa in the summer; Dilly Beans and Spicy Pickled Cauliflower ring in the fall, while Three-Citrus Marmalade and Cranberry Ketchup are the harbingers of winter.
Stories of wild blackberry jam and California Meyer lemon marmalade from McClellan’s childhood make for a read as pleasurable as it is delicious; her home-canned food—learned from generations of the original “foodies”—feeds the soul as well as the body in more than 100 recipes.

We use Marisa’s blog Food in Jars for recipes all the time. We are so excited about her new book that we want to pre-order a copy for one of you lucky readers! It is scheduled to come out May 22nd. Fellow food preservationists or those of you just getting started this year, you want a copy of this book. Comment on this post and answer the question: What are you most excited about putting up this year?

Entries must be posted by noon PST on Sunday April 1st. Shipment to US & Canadian addresses only. The winner will be selected using random.org. We will contact you via e-mail, so be sure to include your e-mail address in the comment! This giveaway was not sponsored. We are just genuinely excited about this book.

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marmalade!

You can add marmalade to the list of “things I didn’t like as a kid but turns out they are pretty great.” Eh, maybe that list needs a better title, but you get the point. Although, I’m pretty sure that when I was a kid nobody ever gave me marmalade quite like this. Jess found a recipe from Tea & Cookies for Meyer Lemon Vanilla Bean Marmalade, and she knew I would be on board based on the two main ingredients.

Oh my god, look at those lemons!

Preserves this fancy deserve handmade labels, I’m thinking.

And the tiny flecks of vanilla, oh yes. This stuff is as good as it looks.

Since we try not to eat a ton of bread, our favorite use for jams, jellies, and now marmalades is to sweeten up plain yogurt. Although I’m thinking we may have to make some biscuits or scones ASAP.

We learned a valuable lesson while making this. Use old pectin at your own risk. After the first run through we had to open them all up, dump them back in the pot and try, try again. It was kind of a pain, but as they say:

I’m in love with this print from Bold & Noble on Etsy, but before I can buy it I have to buy another print I’ve been coveting for several months.

If you want to try this without the canning, try the recipe it is based on from Bon Appétit. And if you do, please report back!

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