Written By Holly Brooke Edibles / Elsewhere / Pantry Jun 25, 2014 Handmade Preserves from Salt Spring Kitchen Co. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestSweet and savory: my two favorite words. Put that into a jam and pair it with cheese- and we are going to be friends for sure. If you are of the same palate, then you are going to love what jam maker Melanie Mulherin is doing with her line of artisan preserves Saltspring Kichen Co. Specializing in savory flavours, Melanie’s unique small batch jams are gaining recognition on and off Saltspring Island where she lives with her husband and children. You can find Melanie selling her preserves every Saturday at the Saltspring Market from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Starting soon, she’ll also be selling on Tuesday’s at the night market from 2:00pm – 6:00pm.Before moving to the Island, Melanie and her husband (a former chef) owned and operated a restaurant in Fort St. John. The initial inspiration for her jams came from a baked goat cheese they served with a house made tomato relish. When she started making jam her niche soon evolved.“Very quickly I realized where my passion was [making savory jam]. With so many beautiful cheeses here on Saltspring the flavour pairings are endless” says Melanie.Her style is very old fashioned Melanie says, each batch is made in the traditional hot water canning style. Everything is lab tested to ensure proper acidity and to meet food safety regulations. She’s been canning for fifteen years. Ever since her mother-in-law taught her how to make pickles it’s been a canning love affair.Some good pairings:Blueberry and Basil Jam with Saltspring Island Lemon Goat CheesePink Grapefruit and Rhubarb Jam-a-lade with Blue CheeseHot Mango Jam with grilled seafoodOnion and Thyme Jam with BBQ steakSpicy Tomato Jam is very versatile and goes well with anything; Brie, Cheddar, or Camembert.Or try it (and buy it) at the Saltspring Island Cheese Company in the Hudson Public Market on their grilled cheese sandwich made on Fol Epi bread with the Ruckles soft fresh herb and garlic goat cheese. Comes with soup or salad for $7.50 It’s the perfect harmony between sweet, savoury, salty and spicy. Where you can find it:On Saltspring Island, BC:Salt Spring Island Cheese Farm Barbs Bakery Cafe Fernwood Cafe Salt Spring Island Vineyards In Victoria, BC: The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer Peppers FoodsFairfield Market The Little Cheese ShopThe London Chef Sitka CafeWhat you can look forward to:With the local pepper season fast approaching, Melanie is keen on making a fermented Sirracha hot sauce. Yum!Mustards are great too. Melanie is experimenting with making a variety of mustards to go in her Burger Package; a collection of several flavours to choose from.Each 9oz. jar (at the Market) sells for $9.00 or, 3 for $25.00 and has a shelf life of one year. After opening, they are good refrigerated for up to 3 months.Time to stock up on some jam! Salt Spring Kitchen Co.Melanie Mulherin (owner)EmailFaebook: Salt Spring Kitchen Co.Twitter: @SSKitchenco SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Holly Brooke Holly Brooke is a true B.C. gal. Having lived on the west coast most of her life, except for several years in the Kootenay's where she canoed and fished and lived in a tipi, she's very much at home outdoors and in the kitchen. ... Read More You may also like Get Fresh / One ingredient March 21, 2017 Brassica Greens “Get Fresh” Produce shopping is evolving into an art form, or perhaps more of a sport. The demands made of local markets are known to be ... Read More Good For You / Health / Victoria February 21, 2017 Grocery Finds Giveaway – Tahini, Bean Flakes, Beet Bars & Turkish Apricots Hello my friends. Here we are knee deep in February with the anticipation of an approaching Spring bringing its annual soothing consolation. I hope ... Read More Food News / Spoiled Milk February 16, 2017 Alexis de Portneuf Develops New Packaging & Tasting Notes From time to time we receive product samples at the EAT office. Most of time we don’t write about them unless it’s something readers ... Read More Good For You / Victoria January 17, 2017 No Fuss Comfort Foods – CONTEST ALERT Happy January my fellow nutritious nibblers! I am back, as promised, with another edition of Good For You Grocery Finds. This “post-holiday” ... Read More 2017 Issues / Get Fresh / Victoria January 3, 2017 The Mighty Green: Year-round microgreens make any meal healthier. “GET FRESH” My recent visit to a master microgreens grower in North Saanich, where you are literally surrounded in new life, will give ... Read More Get Fresh November 14, 2016 Kiwi Magic “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” The Internet would like us to know that, if given the chance, kiwis could cure cancer, ... Read More Comments are closed.