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Blue Chair Fruit Company

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Learn how to make homemade seasonal jams at this creative small-batch jam company in Oakland.

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Two-Hour Intro to Jam Making Class


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  • One two-hour class; choose from Intro to Jam Making: Fall Harvest Jams on October 27, 2013 or Intro to Jam Making: Thanksgiving Conserves on November 10, 2013

What we love

  • Taught by founder Rachel Saunders, these two-hour introductory classes will cover the jam-making process from start to finish.
  • During the Fall Harvest Jams class, you'll discuss the role of sugar, the importance of lemon juice, the stages of cooking and how to tell when jam is done.
  • By the end of class, you'll have cooked two different autumn-inspired jams; you’ll leave armed with the knowledge to make your own jam at home.
  • Just in time for the holidays, Saunders is also hosting a Thanksgiving Conserves class, during which you will create two different versions of cranberry jam: one plain, one fancy.
  • You’ll learn the difference between a jam and conserve, and about the physical and flavor properties of cranberries. You’ll leave with newfound knowledge and two mini jars of cranberry preserves.
  • This artisanal jam and marmalade company prides itself on sourcing organic and sustainably grown fruit from local growers, while utilizing traditional preserving methods for its innovative flavors.

What to know

  • Redeem by: Sunday, November 10, 2013
  • This offer is subject to Terms and Conditions
  • Offer is final sale and non-refundable
  • Purchaser names will be given to vendor for ticketing purposes
  • Must be redeemed on date selected at checkout


4629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland , CA 94609

About Blue Chair Fruit Company

After 10 years of intensive research on fruit and fruit-preserving techniques, jam aficionado Rachel Saunders founded Blue Chair Fruit Company in 2008. The Oakland-based business has quickly become one of California's best spots for small-batch jams and marmalades. Through her traditional preserving methods and inspired fruit combinations and flavors, Saunders has redefined modern day jam-making with the perfect touch of nostalgia.

From Lime Marmalade and Rhubarb Jam to Orange-Kumquat Marmalade and Apple-Meyer Lemon Marmalade, Blue Chair Fruit produces between 50 and 100 unique flavors per year, all cooked in traditional French copper jam kettles. Saunders showcases the flavors of both everyday and exotic fruits, while exploring the rich textures and sweet-tart balance of her artisanal preserves.

Writes The Wall Street Journal, "Rachel Saunders...has been known to add everything from sloe gin to Austrian pine-needle digestif to her condiments." Blue Fruit Chair Company has also been praised in publications such as Food & Wine, Country Living and The New York Times Magazine, among many others. Today, Saunders spreads her sweet expertise by holding jam-making classes in California and around the country.

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