This is a blog about home canning—or "putting up" as one might say where I'm from—and it will cover jams and other fruit preserves, pickles and briny things, canned vegetables (above all tomatoes) and the complement of condiments that includes relishes, sauces, salsas and those related preparations that result when you chunk bits of seasonal produce and preserve them in a syrup either piquant or sweet.

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WEST Sweet Preserves

We're open for business. Starting today you can buy WEST Sweet Preserves exclusively via this site. See below for more details.

The backstory is that a couple of weeks ago, Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg decided to give a dinner to celebrate his new studio, and he wanted everyone to take home a jar of jam at the end of the night. Would I make it? Of course I would. Also, he added, since Dewar's was coming up with the money to make the whole thing happen, could I think of a jam recipe that uses Scotch?

Of course I could. Except it's not jam, it's marmalade—SCOTCH MARMALADE.

I worked up a batch for Scott to taste and he ordered 100 jars. WEST Sweet Preserves was launched. If you'd like to buy jars for HOLIDAY PRESENTS, HOSTESS GIFTS or just DELICIOUS EATING AT HOME, send me an email using the contact link at the upper right of this web page.


The best you'll ever eat.

8 oz jar see below $9

32 oz presentation jar see below $40




Very limited quantities. SOLD OUT

8 oz. jars $10


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Reader Comments (17)

Just curious, how'd you arrive at your prices?

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve2 in LA

Congratulations!! How exciting!

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeemsnyc

Hi Steve --

Thanks for the post -- the prices are based on the cost of ingredients, production and packaging.

Also you may have noticed that I just corrected the quantity designations. What I had up before (ie, 6 oz, 12 oz and 24 oz) was given in liquid ounces, which is volume. I actually should have given the quantity in weight. So the weight of product in the jars is 8 oz, 16 oz and 32 oz.

all the best
kevin west

November 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterKevin West

I had the fortune of tasting the Classic Apricot Jam -- the best I've ever had! Looking forward to the Scotch Marmalade. Many cheers to WEST Sweet Preserves.

November 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZoe

Thanks for the feedback. I make lots of preserves every year and have been urged to sell them however, I haven't been comfortable putting a price o things. On a completely different note, any interest in swapping some of my Olallieberry Jam for some of your Apricot? I make about 8 cases a year from the berries that grow in our backyard.

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve2 in LA

Steve --


I'll email you to work out the details of a swap --


November 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterKevin West

Outstanding, thanks.

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve2 in LA

i just cracked open my scotch marmalade you made for the band of outsiders party. i had nothing to slather the jelly on to- so i ate a few teaspoons right out of the jar! its that good! really incredible! thank you for going into business! all the best!

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

What great news! Congratulations! And scotch and valencia... what a fabulous combo, every mans marmalade!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShaheda

Congratulations! I think this calls for a celebratory Jam Cake!!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTom Hudgens

So Kevin how do I order it? Sounds yummy over a wheel of brie! Last year this time we were coming to you for Thanksgiving. Sorry to miss you but happy SHS is coming home. xo Maureen

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Hi Maureen --

Great to hear from you and thank you so much for your order inquiry --

Using the Contact tab at the top right of this web page, send me an email to say you'd like & where I'll be sending it -- then I'll email you an invoice and we'll take it from there --

Happy Thanksgiving to you and whole family --


November 24, 2010 | Registered CommenterKevin West

Congratulations on launching WEST Sweet Preserves! I love the label - it has the simple elegance and grace that is becoming to the special treats inside! Wishing you great success in this next step. The book is being eagerly anticipated by many folks around the country!

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMom

How exciting! The marmalade looks fantastic. Don't suppose you're giving us the recipe . . .

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelizabeth

Hi Elizabeth --

I know I sound like a broken recipe when it comes to recipes, but i'm saving it for the book -- my deadline is fast approaching --

all the best,

November 30, 2010 | Registered CommenterKevin West

How about an update - how many jars have you sold?

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMartha in KS

I'm sad that you're posting so much less often, Kevin, but I'm looking forward to your book!

December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana B

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