Other People’s Preserve is my opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the very delicious jams, pickles, and preserves being made by dedicated professional canners. If you spot one of these products in the wild, make sure to scoop up a jar.
I met Jolene and her jars a couple years back, when she emailed me to offer me some of her pickles and ask for a bit of canning advice. We met up and, as two people with a shared love of pickling so often do, fell into easy conversation and friendship (it didn’t hurt that her pickles were awesome).
Since those early days, she’s expanded her line of pickles, added some spice blends, and moved her whole operation from the Philadelphia suburbs to Delray Beach, Florida.
Now, everything Jolene makes is really delicious, but when forced to pick just one thing to spotlight, my thoughts immediately went to the Pickled Za’atar Cauliflower. These florets are tangy, crisp, and fully infused with the ground herbs and toasted sesame seeds in the za’atar spice blend.
They are still available at some locations around Philadelphia and you can meet Jolene herself at the Delray Beach Green Market on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.