We love answering questions about our jam! Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have a questions that we haven't answered here, feel free to go to our contact page to submit a question.
What makes Blue Owl Preserves unique?
Blue Owl Preserves provides jams that have less sugar than most store bought and homemade jams. Some commercial brands contain 13 grams of sugar per 1 T serving! Blue Owl Preserves contain only 3 grams, allowing fruit to be the star. All of our products are made using organic ingredients (when possible) and we source fruit from local Colorado farms (also when possible), when seasonally available.
How long does it last?
Before opening, jam is shelf-stable for a year or more. After opening, be sure to refrigerate and consume within 3-4 weeks. Our jam doesn’t contain any artificial preservatives or high amounts of sugar, which means you need to eat it up a little faster. Need ideas on how to get to the bottom of your jar? Head over to our Recipe page.
What is pectin?
Pectin serves as a setting agent in fruit spreads, giving jams and jellies their distinctive textures. The pectin we use has been extracted from the dried peels of lemons, limes and oranges. Our pectin is vegan, gluten free and GMO-free. There are no additives, preservatives or sugar, nor any corn or apple by-products in the pectin.
What is monocalcium phosphate?
Monocalcium phosphate is a food-grade rock mineral source of calcium. It is commonly used in the food industry and it’s the key ingredient that allows us to reduce the sugar content in our jam. Most pectin binds to sugar molecules, which is one of the reasons most jams are so high in sugar. The pectin we use binds to the monocalcium phosphate, instead. This allows you to enjoy a jam with great texture and taste!
Why is it so expensive?
Sugar is an inexpensive ingredient, while fruit, especially organic, is not. Many other producers are able to offer their products at a lower price because they contain much higher concentrations of sugar, sometimes as much as 65-70%! We believe you deserve a spread that actually tastes like fruit and that you can feel good about sharing with your family. And we also believe in buying from organic farmers and growers, thereby supporting our local economy, sustainable food systems and your health. And all of this is sure worth the cost!
How do you make it low sugar? Do you add anything else?
Our jams are low in sugar because we add less sugar to them! There is nothing artificial in there. Instead, we rely on fresh, ripe fruit for the sweetness. And while there are other sweetener options out there, such as stevia, honey or xylitol, we believe organic cane sugar (when possible) provides the best flavor profile at a reasonable price.
Where does the fruit come from?
One of our priorities is to support local Colorado growers. We partner with farms such as Ela Family Farm and High Altitude Farm to source ingredients like peaches and rhubarb. Another one of our goals is to divert fruit from entering the waste stream. We partner with organizations like FoodMaven to find fruit that may otherwise not find a home. These “seconds” may be a little ugly, small or misshapen, but that doesn’t matter when they get blended up into jam! When we are not able to source fruit through local farmers or food rescue organizations, we use more traditional channels like local stores and food supply companies.
What’s the difference between jam and jelly?
Jelly is made with fruit juice while jam is made with the full fruit. I purposely make jam because less of the fruit is wasted! Preserves contain more fruit chunks than jams do. Fruit butters are smooth and creamy, but not as thick as a jam. Marmalades are made with citrus fruits while conserves contain dried fruits and nuts. And technically, because of our lower sugar content, our jams are actually fruit spreads.
Is your jam suitable for diabetics?
Our jams contain 3 grams of sugar per tablespoon serving, which is lower than most store bought and homemade jams. It also has a better flavor profile than artificially sweetened options, and even has less sugar than some no-sugar added varieties (for instance, Smucker’s No-Sugar Added Jam still has 5 grams per serving thanks to their use of concentrated fruit juice). However, it is up to the person to determine whether this product is appropriate for their individual needs.