Lemon, Red Onion, and Oregano Jam & a giveaway

by autumn on April 10, 2013



This is going to sound completely made up, but I’m going to tell you anyway. When the folks at Storey Publishing asked me to be a part of the blog book tour celebrating the release of Put ‘Em Up! Fruit, I was making a batch of pickles from the author Sherri Brooks Vinton’s other book, Put ‘Em Up!. I just use it that much. Put ‘Em Up! is a super-reliable preserving volume with a very wide scope that quickly became a stand-by in my kitchen. I can see Put ‘Em Up! Fruit, which focuses in on 80 ways to practically preserve fruit and 80 ways to use it up once it’s in jars, earning a similarly prominent place on my bookshelf.

Put ‘Em Up! Fruit is perfectly geared toward how I am preserving this days. As I wrote recently, I find myself gravitating toward more basic recipes for local and seasonal pantry staples. There’s a huge range of preserving techniques covered in the book—drying, freezing, preserving in booze, and canning. Plus some there are some really unique tutorials (like an super-intriguing limoncello recipe and a step-by-step guide to making your own apple cider vinegar).
What I think sets this book apart is that for each preserving recipe there’s an accompanying recipe that makes use of the preserved fruit. So smart! And if you’re a seasoned preserver and already have some jars around that you’re working on using up, I found the “use ’em up” recipes helpful for that too. This book will be a great resource for the upcoming preserving season, but there are plenty of in-between season recipes too. I was drawn to the lemon, red onion, and oregano jam because of its savory potential. Thanks to the folks at Storey, I’m sharing the recipe for lemon, red onion, and oregano jam and I have a copy of Put ‘Em Up! Fruit to give away.
Leave a comment on this post by Tuesday April 16th, 5pm ET to be entered to win a copy of Put ‘Em Up! Fruit. (US readers only please)
Be sure to check out the other “stops” on the blog book tour for more recipes and chances to win! And check out the book trailer and more about the book at: http://whol.st/oreyFruit.

Lemon, Red Onion, and Oregano Jam

Excerpted from Put ’em Up! Fruit (c) by Sherri Brooks Vinton, photography (c) by Jennifer May, used with permission from Storey Publishing.

Makes 5 cups

This recipe is a tad intense to prep. Halfway through julienning the lemon zest I start to curse the fuss of it. But all the fuss is forgotten when the heat hits the pot — the perfume of the lemons and lovely pink hue that the onions bring to the picture dispel all memory of tedium. This is truly a gorgeous jam.


          2  pounds lemons (8–10)

          2  cups water

          4  cups sugar

          4  teaspoons Pomona’s Universal Pectin

          1  pound red onions (about 1 large or 2 medium), diced

          ½  cup red wine vinegar

          2  tablespoons dried oregano

          ½  teaspoon salt

          ¼  teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

          4  teaspoons calcium water (from the Pomona’s Universal Pectin kit)


1. Using a vegetable brush, scrub the fruit with a nontoxic, odorless dish soap and hot water.

2. Remove the zest from the lemons with a vegetable peeler, being sure to leave any white pith behind. Julienne the zests. (See page 35 for more on julienne.) Combine the zests and water in a small nonreactive saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer gently for 30 minutes to soften the zests.

3. Combine 2 cups of the sugar with the pectin in a small bowl and set aside.

4. Supreme the lemons (see page 130), discarding the white pith and seeds. Combine the lemon flesh with the softened zests and their simmering liquid in a large nonreactive pot. Add the remaining 2 cups sugar, onion, vinegar, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, and then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.

5. Stir in the calcium water. Slowly add the pectin mixture, stirring constantly to avoid clumping. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, continuing to stir constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved.

6. Remove from the heat. Allow the jam to rest for 5 minutes, giving it an occasional gentle stir to release trapped air; it will thicken slightly. Skim off any foam.


Refrigerate: Cool, cover, and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

Can: Use the boiling-water method as described on page 20. Ladle the jam into clean, hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch of headspace between the top of the jam and the lid. Run a bubble tool along the inside of the glass to release trapped air. Wipe the rims clean; center lids on the jars and screw on jar bands until they are just fingertip-tight. Process the jars by submerging them in boiling water to cover by 2 inches for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the canner lid, and let the jars rest in the water for 5 minutes. Remove the jars and set aside for 24 hours. Check the seals, then store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.

(Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher, but my opinions remain my own.)

1 Julia April 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I love “Put ’em Up.” It’s exciting to hear about the new book. And I love the book blog tour concept.

2 Savannagal April 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I’ve wanted to learn to preserve foods for so long I can’t remember. I even picked 10 lbs of strawberries last year to make jam. Sadly, they are still in my deep freezer. Maybe this book will help me get started. I’d love to win a copy.

3 Katie April 10, 2013 at 2:26 pm

What a gorgeous jam! I’ve only recently starting canning, and my repertoire extends only slightly beyond dilly beans and garlic dill cukes. I think I see jam in my future.

4 jodi April 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Several of the recipes from Sherri’s first book have become my standbys… I’m excited to find more inspiration in this one!

5 jonquil April 10, 2013 at 3:48 pm

That is a shade of pink I would love to have in my kitchen 🙂

6 Christy Schwathe April 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Your lemon/onion jam looks so lovely! I grow a large garden every year and started with pickles a few years ago, moved on to jams last season and I’m ready to try some new things this coming year. It’s so rewarding… and addictive! Thanks for sharing!

7 Kristin April 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Wow. I don’t have much experience with savory jams, but that one sounds too good to pass up! Put ‘Em Up is the book that taught me how to can and is still one of my most essential cookbooks. I’ve only had it two years and the pages are already falling out!

8 Jolon April 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I also have the original Put ’em Up book and LOVE it. Would love to get my hands on this new fruit version for even more canning and preserving inspiration! 🙂

9 Karina April 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Oh I just love her first book. It was such an important guide as I tried canning for the first time. Now I just can’t wait to read this!

10 Sarah J. April 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway.

11 Nancy April 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Lovely jam. Just the inspiration I needed!

12 Katie McKane April 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm

This jam looks beautiful and sounds so tasty. It’s a great idea to account each preserve recipe with a recipe using that preserve. People often ask what to do with unusual preserves & it’s nice to be able to have a ready answer. I would live a copy of your book. Thank you

13 Annie April 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm

This book looks so good and I always love new savory recipes! Yum!

14 Kris April 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I love the idea that this book gives you ideas for using your preserve. I’m excited to get my hands on it.

15 Sarah April 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm

First book was awesome. Can’t wait to check out this one!

16 Stephanie April 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Put ‘Em Up! was the first one I branched out to after starting with Ball’s Blue Book. I’d love to add the new one to my rapidly expanding collection of canning cookbnooks!

17 jennifer April 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Oh boy am I excited for this one! I loved Put em up and I’m excited to find more uses for the recipes. It’ll help me come up with a quicker answer to my hub’s question of, “Whatcha gonna do with that?”

18 Molly April 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Can’t wait to see this new book!

19 Nichole April 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Would love to win this book!

20 Sara April 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm

fun giveaway! Is there any way to preserve fruit without using sugar?

21 Eileen April 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm

This book sounds so great! I love the idea of recipes actually using the preserves you make. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

22 Chris C. April 10, 2013 at 7:01 pm

This sounds like a perfect way to use up the glut of lemons we have every winter! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

23 Jessica N. April 10, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Love this!
It would be a great addition to my other canning books 🙂

24 Laurie Marr April 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Can’t wait to look thru, and use, this book!!!!

25 Ashley Hensel-Browning April 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm

How dreamy! I use Put ‘Em Up all the time…

26 Kathy April 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm

What a cool idea for jam. I look forward to giving this a try and checking out her new book. Thanks!! winterwrens at gmail dot com

27 Meg April 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I wish someone would come up with a less labor intensive way to deal with all the lemon peels! This jam sounds awesome!

28 Corrin April 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm

This looks great! I am excited for other ways than jam to preserve fruit–I couldn’t eat all of the jam I made last summer!

29 Lory Hess April 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Sounds great, I own the first book and would love to have this one too! I especially want to make apple cider vinegar this year.

30 Adrienne April 10, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Oooh, I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I always appreciate a preserving book that includes a ‘using’ section, too.

31 Michele April 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

This recipe sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

32 Christy S April 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm

I can’t wait to start the canning season and would love the book.

33 Jennifer April 10, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Put ‘Em Up was one of my first preserving books and it began a slight obsession with canning and preserving books. I would love to win a copy!

34 Amy L April 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm

What an unusual recipe. I look forward to seeing more from this book.

35 Christa H April 10, 2013 at 11:55 pm

That savory jam sounds wonderful!

36 Aimee G April 11, 2013 at 12:13 am

I too am leaning towards more simple preserving recipes this season, and I do love the first volume of Put ‘Em Up! Would be thrilled to win a copy of Fruit to make a set.

37 Robin April 11, 2013 at 1:14 am

I am looking forward to new and innovative fruit recipes. I just opened my last jar of strawberry jam, have used up all the strawberries and blueberries in the freezer, and can not wait till I can get my hands on more fresh fruit to start over again.

Thank you for the give away.

38 Megan April 11, 2013 at 1:31 am

fun! I joined a CSA this summer and I can’t wait to put some of it up:)

39 Amy April 11, 2013 at 2:36 am

I’ve been hesitant to try savory jams, since I mostly do only sugar free preserving, but this recipe is intriguing. Would love a copy of Put ‘Em Up!

40 Karla April 11, 2013 at 3:44 am

I’ve been canning for a few years now, and this year started making my own yogurt, which is helping me finish off the different kinds of preserved fruit I haven’t yet eaten or given away. I’m interested in seeing the recipes in this book that use cherries, because I may be getting my first crop of those this year.

41 Diana April 11, 2013 at 8:15 am

I have the original Put ’em Up and love it. This looks like it’d be a perfect addition to my preserving book collection.

42 Ally April 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

Totally drooling over that jam photo. Sounds (and looks) delicious!

43 Elsa April 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

What a gorgeous post! I definitely would love to add this cookbook to my collection!

44 Danielle April 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

Oh goodness, that looks yummy!

45 Cary Bradley April 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

Love the idea of use it up ideas. Off to check out Put ’em Up right now! Thanks!

46 Sarah April 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

That jam looks wonderful! I just started canning last year and found “Put Em Up” to be an invaluable resource. The new book looks just as good!

47 Anja M. April 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I would love to win this, I never enter these giveaways but maybe this will be my lucky day!

48 catherine April 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm

So excited to use this book. The recipe looks delicious.

49 Alison April 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I am always looking for new recipes for preserving and this book looks
like it fits the bill.

50 Chelsie April 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm

We are finally coming up on fresh fruit and veg season! I can’t wait to break out the canner again.

51 Liz Hariton April 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm

This jam looks amazing! I’m definitely trying it.

52 anna April 11, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Lucky #50!

53 Candy April 11, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I see this jam in my (very) near future. I have some Meyers and other lemons kicking around in the fridge bin, and they’re just looking to go out with a bang. Thanks for sharing.

54 Maj-le April 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I love the idea of a recipe using the preserved fruit to go along with the original recipe. I love making jam, but I struggle to use it all. So this book is perfect!

55 Allison April 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I am so excited about this book. It looks so beautiful. Some of my most enjoyable, peaceful moments last summer were spent canning a 1/2 bushel of local peaches in all sorts of ways. This book looks like it could add to my inspiration and more peaceful moments spent in the coming season.

56 Val April 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I can’t wait to read this book!!! I love the first one.

57 Kathryn April 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I really love my Put Em Up! cookbook, so I’m very excited that this author is releasing a new batch of recipes. Tomorrow is the first day of strawberry picking season, so canning is calling my name!

58 karen April 12, 2013 at 2:51 am

I’m excited to check out the record and expand my uses of jams!

59 Andrea April 12, 2013 at 4:42 am

Love the first book. Excited to see there is another one!

60 Angela Watts April 12, 2013 at 5:32 am

I’ve yet to make a savory jam…the idea is inspiring though.

61 Sarah April 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I would love to see this book!

62 Jennifer L. April 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I was so excited to hear that Sherri has another book! Her’s was the first I bought when I started on my canning adventures, and it still my go-to for basic jam recipes using pomona’s pectin and a variety of other recipes. 🙂 I would love to win this book.

63 Andra April 12, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Use her first book all the time, and am excited to grab a copy of the new one. This recipe looks great! You leave me wondering how to use it!

64 Sandra April 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I particularly like that they include *uses* for the jams; that’s where I fall short. I can make it, but I don’t know what to do with it before it starts to get funky!

65 Pamela April 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

how beautiful!

66 Kamalabrush April 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm

The first book is great — would love to have the second

67 Sue April 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I’m new to canning and am sort of obsessed! Would love to check out this book.

68 Kari April 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I’ve heard such great things about her first book, but have yet to give it a try myself. This one sounds equally intriguing—pear butter and cantaloupe rum? Okay!

69 Amy Schmucker April 14, 2013 at 1:03 am

Love Put em up and can’t wait for the library to carry her newest book. I just can not afford another book right now. But thats what libraries are for right. I have not mastered marmalade yet. It hasn’t set up. So I guess its open up the jars, dump back in the pot and try again = or call it syrup.

Amy in Florida

70 Carolsue April 14, 2013 at 2:35 am

I’ve always been intimidated about canning anything — this would be a great book to start doing just that!

71 cyndi April 14, 2013 at 7:23 am

I have always wanted this book.Thanks for sharing.

72 mollie April 14, 2013 at 7:25 am

This books looks fantastic and just in time for putting up time

73 SarahM April 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Put ‘Em Up! was one of my first purchases when I got into canning – even before I bought jars 🙂 I always love the use of fun punctuation in any title, and I love the variety of techniques Sherri highlights. Looking forward to the recipes to use the finished products (that’s my only complaint with Joy of Pickling)

74 Heather April 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm

These are not flavors I would have readily put together; great idea!

75 cecile April 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm

I can’t wait to try her recipes. That jam on your sight just looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it.

76 Pam April 15, 2013 at 5:08 am

I’ve been canning for years, but jut made jam for the first time last year. And this past citrus season, I made marmalades for the first time. I’m hooked! No clue what took me so long. I’d love to have a copy of Put Um U Fruit…looks awesome!

77 Danielle April 15, 2013 at 5:42 am

I have her other book and I would love to have this book too!

78 Rebecca April 15, 2013 at 6:16 am

Really fun looking book!!

79 Jaime Woodring April 15, 2013 at 6:38 am

Thanks for the chance at the book! I would not have thought to put onions for jam, but it looks great!

80 Leslie April 15, 2013 at 10:37 am

Oh…I’d love to win a copy of this book!

81 Abigail April 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

looks delicious, I can’t wait to get a look inside this book!

82 Jess April 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

How beautiful! What a fun giveaway!

83 Tammy B. April 15, 2013 at 10:55 am

I’d *love* to win this book, the Lemon, Red Onion, and Oregano Jam looks really good!!!

84 Renee Weaver April 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

Love the first book and cannot wait for this one.

85 amy g April 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I just had a wonderful salami and brie sandwich with onion jam this past weekend – it was fabulous! I can’t wait to make my own jam for a great sandwich!

86 Jennifer April 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Sounds fascinating!

87 Garden Girl April 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I would love this book! I just made orange marmelade for the first time. A bit labor intensive but well worth it. It was so delicious & fresh tasting. Nice and citrus-y! But I have so much of it I was running out of creative ways to use it. And then I saw this giveaway and (fingers crossed, I win) my prayers have been answered!!

88 Elizabeth April 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm

This looks amazing! This book would be a true treasure!

89 Emily D. April 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Loved the first book, the second looks just as lovely! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

90 Rachel C. April 15, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I have the first Put ‘Em Up book and I’m very much looking forward to this one! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway 🙂

91 Kaitlin Jenkins April 15, 2013 at 3:13 pm

This book is totally at the top of my wishlist, I’d love to get my hands on a copy!

92 Fiona April 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

This book looks fantastic, need to check out the first one too.

93 Miki April 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Looks delicious! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Thank you for the giveaway!

94 Carolyn April 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Thanks for doing the giveaway! I have her first book and love it. Can’t wait to check out the new book.

95 Savannagal April 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I would love to learn how to put up food. Thanks for the giveaway.

96 Michelle April 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Truly…aren’t all homemades worth it in the end? Yum!

97 Jess April 15, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I love love love Put ‘Em Up! I can’t wait to try Put ‘Em Up Fruit!

98 sharron orcutt April 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm

am gonna give this one more try on your post. i just might win. tomorrow will be the day to put up my lemon, red onion and oregano jams. sounded just too good to pass. i hop to win the book. sounds interesting. will end up buying it i bet cause i NEVER win these giveaways. lol

99 Stacey Marien April 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I’m ready to try new jams this year.

100 Miles April 16, 2013 at 12:03 am

Just starting out on canning and would love to know more.

101 Mary April 16, 2013 at 3:18 am

I love Put ’em Up! I recieved it for Christmas and have started teaching myself to can. My favorite recipes so far are the Orange Marmalade and Onion Confit, YUM!

102 Jennifer C April 16, 2013 at 3:22 am

I’m pretty new at canning- I just did applesauce with my family when I was younger, but I’m all set-up now and glad for blogs like this to guide me in this venture.

103 Cecile April 16, 2013 at 3:55 am

I can’t wait to start canning again. This book will surely bring delicious recipes

104 Christy April 16, 2013 at 4:58 am

The color of that jam is beautiful! I’d love to win a copy of this book. I’m still on the waiting list at the library for her first one.

105 Kim April 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I can’t wait to get back to canning! I’d love to have this book to work from when all the summer fruits come back into season 🙂

106 Rebecca Milanski April 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I was researching gluten free recipes when I came across your post. Wow, what great timing!

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