A Shelf of One’s Own

7 Mar

Little Branch has moved…to a new commissary kitchen, that is. Beginning in March, all of our jams and granola will now be made in the off-hours at Besaw’s Restaurant in NW Portland.

What you see pictured above is the most prized possession in our cooking arsenal, our Mauviel copper preserving pan. Made in France, every single one of these copper pans are hammered by hand. We’ve all heard why copper is the best for cooking, given the even heat distribution, but I cannot stress what a difference this pan makes when it comes to cooking jam. The wide shape lends itself to quick moisture evaporation and prevents the fruit mixture from boiling over during the cooking process. This pan has (gratefully) found a home on the top shelf in the storage room of Besaw’s, alongside all of our spare jars and granola bags.

When the lovely.in.all.ways Cana Flug, owner of Besaw’s, contacted me regarding a possible collaboration between the restaurant and Little Branch I was quick to accept the invitation. Over the next couple of months we’ll be working on switching over all of Besaw’s current jam selection to Little Branch product, highlighting seasonal ingredients and unique flavor combinations. First up will be an Aged  Balsamic Strawberry Rhubarb jam, featuring Italian vinegar and locally grown strawberries and rhubarb (perfect for slathering on toast). This spring, you’ll also be able to find our jam available for retail at Besaw’s, perfect for gifting or your own cooking pleasure.

I’d like to take a minute to thank Cana for taking the initiative and for being so supportive, and to the entire Besaw’s crew for being so welcoming. We can’t wait to get started in our new home.

3 Responses to “A Shelf of One’s Own”

  1. Allison March 7, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Congrats on the new space!

  2. Kari Stuart March 7, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Such fantastic news! Happy Housewarming (so to speak)!

  3. Moo March 7, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    I’m so excited to see this post. May this be the beginning of many scrumptious wonderful days ahead.

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