I saw this recipe on thetomatotart.com and I thought it would be a perfect addition to the “Preserves Baskets” Kim and I give to family and friends for Christmas gifts. I know, it is only June but honestly, I had planned on making one preserve a month and this is the first one! And this one is great!
What I loved about this one was the fact it was made in the crock pot so I didn’t have to stand over the hot stove while it cooked…. only for the canning part… and I didn’t actually have to stand and watch that lol.
I put this in the crock pot before I went to bed last night, and then I was able to do the “finishing” this morning! How great is that?
I won’t include the actual recipe because you can find it here: http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/slow-cooker-onion-jam-vegan/ but I will say that I added some bacon during the final stages, about a half cup of crumbled cooked bacon…. just because I know how much “the boys” love anything with bacon in it.
I will also admit that peeling and chopping 3 pounds of onions, even using my food processer for the chopping part, required a LOT of Kleenex! Hopefully the recipients of this Onion Jam will appreciate that lol!
I chopped up all the onions, brushed the crock pot with olive oil, added the other ingredients…. maple syrup, bourbon, sugar, salt and pepper, and turned on my crock pot right before bed. After the allotted 8 hours of cooking on low I removed the lid and let the jam “thicken.”
This is what it looked like in my crock pot.
Once it had thickened up I ladled it into 125 ml jars and “canned” it in a hot water bath for 10 minutes and then we had Onion Jam with Bacon! (I forgot to take a picture of it before ladling but here are my cute little jars ready for my “preserves” shelf downstairs to await Christmas Gift giving!
Next up I am going to be making a Cranberry Raspberry Jelly!
Below you can see the nice caramelized onion colour the “jam” ended up looking!