Use Your Preserves for the April Mastery Challenge

It’s April which means it’s time to get going on our next Mastery Challenge. This month, we’re focusing on cooking, baking, using up, and transforming the preserves in our pantries.

Part of the inspiration for this is month is the fact that my new book, The Food in Jars Kitchen, just came out and it is dedicated to this topic. However, I though April would be a good time for this because while it’s a time when the weather starts to warm (at least where I am), local produce is still at least a month off.

For this month, any cheese plate, baked good, or dish that features a preserve is fair game. I’ve posted a number of recipes and ideas along these lines on the blog over the years. You can find them in the Preserves in Action category.

You’ll also find people sharing ideas on Instagram using the hashtag #usethedamnjam. There’s also been a lot of conversation on this topic on the Food in Jars community group, so please join us over there if you haven’t already done so.

Just to recap, here’s how the Mastery Challenge works. You choose a cooking project that fits the monthly topic and you make it. Around the 15th of the month, I publish a post here on the blog that includes a Google Form. You use this to report your project. If you don’t tell me what you made using this form, I can’t include you in the monthly tally.

If you want to share a picture of the thing you made, post it to Instagram with the hashtag #fijchallenge. Remember that the goal of the challenge is to grow, learn, and have fun!

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