With a slogan like “the revolution starts in your mouth,” you know Anarchy in a Jar is serious about their jams, jellies, chutneys, and pickled fruits. The “Jamarchist” behind it all, Laena McCarthy started cooking up preserves in a Brooklyn kitchen back in 2009, but learned the craft from her mother, “an avid canner,” growing up in Upstate New York.
Keeping her small town roots in mind, she makes Anarchy in a Jar in small batches, striving to source her ingredients locally from Brooklyn greenmarkets to Brooklyn Grange Farm. The seasonal and local ingredients are apparent in each variety, from “Fig & Onion Jam” to “Easy Like a Sunday Morning Blueberry Preserves.”
Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit. In the book, she teaches her audience about the process of canning from start to finish, basic supplies to flavor pairings. Anarchy has also received rave reviews from The New York Times, Tasting Table, and even Quest Love of The Roots.
Now, Laena and the Anarchy team are taking their product beyond jams and jellies to mustards and ketchups, including a herb mustard, beer mustard, and two ketchups: classic and spicy. You can find Anarchy in a Jar at stores across the country, and many in Brooklyn like Court Street Grocers and By Brooklyn, as well as online, or by bike, their eco-friendly delivery service, Traffic Jam.
Buy Anarchy in a Jar:
3's Company Triple Berry Jam | Buy Now in the Breakfast in Breukelen Gift Selection
Grapefruit Smoked Salt Marmalade | Buy Now in the Salt of the Earth Gift Selection
Hot Fireman's Pear Jam | Buy Now in the Locally Grown Gift Selection