We have our own line of gourmet Jams and Jellies. All of our jams are handmade in small batches. We believe in making them just like your Grandma did, using fresh fruit, sugar, and pectin. We craft over 8 varieties of jams and jellies as well as candied jalapenos, cherry chocolate sauce and Cherry Pie filling. Along with our usual varieties we love making different seasonal jams.
What Makes Us a Different Kind of Jam?
Our handcrafted jams are made by adults with developmental disabilities in Steamers Prep-kitchen. In 2010 Steamers Coffee House transitioned from a small coffee shop into a full restaurant and bar called Jack’s. The transition to combine our vision to employ adults with developmental disabilities with our new kitchen staff who had never worked in such an “alternative” kitchen before was proving to be a challenge.
After buying a box of Colorado peaches, Athan, the owner, and Jenni, a barista/job coach, spent a whole afternoon in the kitchen blanching peaches with the new kitchen staff and the employees with developmental disabilities. Two things happened that afternoon. First, we made some absolutely delicious Jam. Second, the new kitchen staff was able to see that the employees with DD certainly were capable of working in a kitchen. As Jenni began helping the employees with DD to make more jams, the kitchen staff began to get more comfortable with the original vision of Steamers. Suddenly, all of the cooks who had worked in crazy loud kitchens their whole lives were learning how to integrate the employees with DD into the daily kitchen work and find new and innovative ways to include all levels of abilities. Today our employees with DD are an integral part of our kitchen staff including the whole production of our Jams. We now ship our Jams all over the country as well as sell them in our restaurant. Additionally we are starting to wholesale them to specialty shops, restaurants, hotels and food trucks.
What Are Your Favorite Ways to Eat Jam?
We love eating jam with warm buttered toast, but there’s so much more you can do with it. Here are some of our favorite ways to eat it.
Any of our jams make a great quick appetizer. Set out crackers, cream cheese and your favorite flavor of A Different Kind of Jam. Want to step it up a notch? Use goat cheese or your favorite soft Artisan cheese.
Bake a brie with your favorite flavor of A different kind of Jam. Our favorite flavors to use? Raspberry Jalapeno or Green Chili
Try our jams on pancakes or waffles. We recommend Strawberry Champagne or Bluebarb.
Cook wings in a crock pot covered in a jar of our Old Fashioned Raspberry or Raspberry Jalapeno.
Hey PB&J food truck makes a sandwich with our seasonal Palisade Peach Jam called the Porky Peach. They use almond butter, palisade peach jam, goat cheese, bacon, honey, and juicy Palisade peach slices. Its absolutely to die for.