Thursday, January 19, 2006

Buddha's Hand Jam - Free Giveaway !

Some of you might have waited for this post to find out what I've done with Buddha's Hand. I've got 6 little white jars and 6 little black jars Buddha's Hand Jam waiting for you here! The first 12 people emailing me (view my profile for email info) will be getting one of these jars shipped directly to you, for free of course. All you have to do is tell me if you liked it!

I'm looking forward to the following weekend to sit in the garden with Yoko for breakfast, having a few fresh croissants with Buddha's Hand Jam and a nice cup of coffee!


Peel of one Buddha's Hand (equal to about 6 lemons), thinly sliced
4 cups of water
3 cups of white sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
3 tablespoons Amaretto liquor (for those who tried my jam, now you know where that special fragrance came from!)


Put the Buddha's Hand peel (or lemon peel) into a large pan and cover with the water. Leave it sit for about 1 hour.

Place pan over high heat and boil for about 30 minutes. Reduce heat to medium so it only boils gently. Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Now make double sure that it just boils very gently and let it do so for another 45-60 minutes. Also stir in the Amaretto.

I made the mistake at the beginning to boil it too hard for too long and the jam, once in the jar, started to crystallize. Another trick to avoid that from happening is, to add some lemon juice about 10 minutes before the cooking time is over. So after about 45 minutes, squeeze in the lemon juice, give it another 10 minutes and pour the jam (which is still pretty liquid) into a big glass jar. The jar should at least have room temperature before pouring in the mixture.

Once the jam is cooling off, it will also thicken and start to be more syrupy.


At 7:49 PM, Anonymous ben said...

dude - nice jars... they're not from vons i presume.

i had pseudo belgian fries today, with curry-ketchup and sweet mustard. yeah, i know, sounds gross... ;)

At 12:58 AM, Anonymous Joey Carlin said...

What is the basic jam making process? I figure it varies fruit to fruit depending on the acidity, but what are the constant steps that go into any jam?

Also, do you know if there is a difference between jams and preserves?

Austin TX

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Dan said...

i will add the basic jam making procedure into the post itself. check back by the end of the weekend.

you're right, each fruit is very different. the important factor is the pectin. high pectin fruits, like apples, cranberries, red currents, quinces,... won't need any extra pectin. low pectin fruits such as stawberries, pears, blueberries, peaches,... need to be combined with high pectin fruits or a commercially available pectin product.

jelly, jams and preserves: while jelly gets made based of fruit juice, the fruit in jams comes in the form of pulp (or crushed fruit). in preserves, the fruits are more chunky. there's probably a better way to identify the differences. there's still a lot i have to learn about making jams and jellies.

here's something i found on the web:

having read that, i should probably have called my jam a marmalade!

At 10:47 PM, Blogger mutsuko said...


no shipment to thailand?? : P
i would love to try ur jam....

At 11:03 PM, Blogger Dan said...

who said no shipment to thailand ?

At 1:14 AM, Blogger Blu~ said...

Good Luck on the Jam Dan, later...

At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Mizue (#1 student) said...

I tried last night and it was SUPER gooood!!
my sister and I kept eating and eating.. i really like the hint of amaretto liquor! it's almond liquor?
tasted almost like tea liquor, i loved it!!!

and of course,, the jar was so cute!!! wonder where you got it from??

thank you so much** and see you soon! : ) (like really soon,,haha)


At 5:37 PM, Anonymous waka said...

I ate it with Peter this morning. As Mizue said, it was really really good. Even Tabby was sniffing it curiously. It went well with croissant. It tasted like sort of marmalade at first, but it turned to more like a flower at the end.

The recipe doesn't seem so hard, so I will try to cook!! but then does Buddha's Hand always sell at Bristol Firms?? I wonder.

Anyway, thank you so much. see you soon!!

At 6:26 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Hey Waka,

i wouldn't bother trying to find Buddha's Hand. I've only seen it one single time at Bristol Farms. Apparently it also shows up once in a while at the Pasadena Farmers Market on thursday nights. If you feel like cooking this jam, you can also use the peel of regular lemon instead.


At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was looking for a recipe for my Buddha's Hand crop
(15 fruits this year). Your recipe looks great. Will try it Friday.

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Dan said...

you actually have a tree with Buddha's Hands? i would love to see a picture! if you want, i can post one on my blog.

At 2:07 AM, Blogger daveau82 said...

Thanks a million for the jam!!! I spread some on a toasted bagel and it was deee-licious, plus my girlfriend thought the jar was the cutest thing in the world.

At 1:56 PM, Anonymous tommy said...


Penney and I tried the jam this morning just on plain toast. We both liked it but I think it would have been better if we had made something else to contrast the flavor. I liked the after taste the most, perhaps because it was little more toned down than the initial flavor.

We just bought a Buddha's Hand from Whole Foods and we're going to try making Limoncello.

Thanks for sending the jam!


At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Dan,
I've taken a photo of the buddha's hand tree in fruit.
will have a friend help me send you the pic.-I'm not a computer person.
If you are interested -you should be able to buy a Buddha's Hand tree as well as other citrus from any nursery. Four Winds ( sells to lots of local nurseries and offers all kinds of citrus,
kumquats, blood oranges etc., in standard and dwarf sizes. My Buddha's Hand is a dwarf. Here in the Sierra Foothills I keep my citrus in pots around my pool in the summer and store them on the south side of my house in winter.
I'll route the photo this week.

At 10:58 AM, Blogger Dan said...

thanks for the info! looking forward to the picture...

At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Joey Carlin said...

Thanks for sending the jam! polished it off this morning on some fresh baked french bread. It was so good I'm thinking of trying my hand at prickly pear jam this week. I'll let you know how it goes. I figure I'll probably have to add some pectin, but with a little experimentation Im sure it will turn out looking like food.

Thanks again!


At 11:53 PM, Anonymous shoangore said...

The jam is amazing. Slightly runny when it arrived, but I stirred it up and set it in the fridge overnight. Tasted the spoon I mixed it with-very rich. I did have it the next morning and it was even better. I just had it on plain toast, but it's VERY good. I'm not much of a food critic so I can't use a wide array of cooking-language-ness, but that was quite some jam.
I still have about a fourth of the jar left, and it still seems to be holding up well. My friend showed interest in trying some too, so I've been saving that for them.

Thank you for letting me try out the jam!

[to mizue- I'm not sure if it's where dan got his jars, but you can buy a set of them in various sizes from target]

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Dan said...

about the jars... i got them from 'bed, bath and beyond' where you spend 0.99 $ for one of those! i found the exact same jars at 'sur la table' for 3.95 $ each! and yes, they do come in various sizes and colors although i liked the black and the white ones best. i think they would be cool to serve mustard inside as well...

At 5:38 PM, Blogger DragonLady55 said...

Found yr site while trying to find recipe for candied peel. Will try to send pic. Our tree is only tiny, having had 3 fruit so far, but only one survived to maturity. Sydney Australia seems to be ok to grow them...

At 10:03 PM, Blogger mutsuko said...

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At 10:05 PM, Anonymous mutsuko said...

Dan, Thanks a lot for shipping Buddha's Hand Jam....yummm
it made my day! : )

i am going to shop at Villa super market today, so i will check if they have Buddha's hand, so i can make it myself.

At 10:37 PM, Blogger Dan said...

hey muchi,
i'm looking forward exploring bangkok's grocery stores a bit more in depth. start making a list for me ;-)

At 4:52 AM, Anonymous mutsuko said...

Hey dan,

Sadly... Villa didn't have Buddha's Hand. : (
talking about grocerry stores, i personally like Central Chidlom's food hall, and also Emporium and Paragon's food hall also. these department store's grocerry section is really great! it's like a bigger version of Whole foods. you will love it.

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Dan said...

are those grocery sections you're talking about organic? especially in terms of vegetables?


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