Here’s an easy make-ahead remedy for cold and flu symptoms. Make this Honey Ginger Jam recipe now so that when you or your family/friends/co-workers feel a cold coming on you will be ready to save the day.
Healing properties of ginger
Ginger has a long list of health benefits. It’s well known for its ability to soothe an upset stomach, but it can also soothe a sore throat and reduce congestion. Ginger is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, including reducing joint pain from arthritis.
Research has shown that ginger’s anti-bacterial properties are enhanced when combined with honey. My ginger jam recipe contains no-refined sugars and is sweetened only with honey and apple juice.
My favorite ways to eat honey ginger jam
- In a cup of tea. I love that I can add a tablespoon or two of this jam to a mug of hot water and have a healing cup of tea ready in the time it take to stir. Honey ginger jam is plenty sweet for my taste and requires no additional honey.
- Spread on buttered toast. If you are not a tea person, never fear! Honey ginger jam is delicious spread on a slice of buttery toast or piece of cornbread.
Shelf Life and canning recipe
This recipe makes about 8 cups of jam. If you are not a canner, you can halve the recipe and make a pint for yourself and two half pints for friends. Honey ginger jam will keep in the fridge for 6 months or more. I’m a big believer in following USDA guidelines for safely canning food. This recipe is similar to a USDA approved lemon ginger jam, but with a lot less sugar! I recommend it as safe to can, but if you have doubts since it is not USDA approved, you can find the USDA Lemon Ginger Jam recipe in most Ball canning cookbooks or here on their website.