Christopher Kimball, the founder and editor of Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines and star of "America's Test Kitchen" on PBS, asked for questions from Kitchen readers.
Here's the last of his replies to our reader questions. In today's Q&A, we get ideas for simple homemade goodness that Cook's Illustrated is known for. We have another reader question submission (and giveaway) going now too; click for details.
Q: Do you have any suggestions for homemade holiday food gifts to make for coworkers?
A: Besides cookies, I find that jams are a great gift and relatively easy to make especially if you make refrigerator jams. These require no canning or water baths and will keep at least a few weeks in the refrigerator. Our family makes jams from our own raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and currants plus my wife also makes apricot jam in June. Most apricots are not worth eating (they go from green to rotten without passing through the ripe stage) but they do make excellent jam.
-- Christopher Kimball
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Thank you Christopher! Here's a followup to his answer, too. Try out some of these jam recipes. Each of these will last well in the refrigerator.
• Cranberry Jam
• Plum and Earl Grey Preserves
• Fig Sesame Jam
• Plum Cinnamon Jam
Also, we are currently asking for questions for Allie Lewis of Everyday Food. Five readers will get their questions answered and a copy of Martha Stewart Living Cookbooks: The Original Classics.
Please post your question in the comments at the original post by 5 p.m ET on Thursday, 12/6.