Coldwater Canyon is a North Hollywood based jarred food maker headed by Rondo Mieczkowski. They’re known for their traditional preserves that have gone on to win many a Los Angeles County Fair prize in addition to California State Fair prizes. Their Strawberry Rhubarb Jam? It actually won the Best In Show for all of the jams and jellies at the 2010 state fair! That’s huge. The operation is small and operated through a little Etsy storefront by Rondo. In addition to farmers markets, we found some of their goods at the Silver Lake Cheese Store. We actually grabbed the Strawberry Rhubarb Jam which we did not realize was such a lauded jam. It’s totally worth every accolade it has received, too.
The jams come in little mason jars that have Coldwater’s very homey description and packaging to it. There isn’t a lot of hullaballoo around it: there is an explanation of who they are and what is in the jar. It isn’t too fancy at all and is very reminiscent of a homemade jarred good a grandmother would give you to enjoy. The taste? Amazing. The strawberry rhubarb is such a bright and powerful flavor combination. I’m a big fan of strawberry jams, jellies, and preserves to begin with so I am predisposed to like this. I assure you, though: it is delicious. It’s sweet without being too overpowering and it feels like a spreadable strawberry rhubarb pie–but better. We threw it on a cracker with some goat cheese and it was a divine little treat. This may be our new jam, guys.
The jams are made from fresh, local, Kosher, pesticide free ingredients and a portion of proceeds go to helping alleviate hunger. Isn’t this just a perfect operation?! We couldn’t help but compare them in our minds to the much more polished looking SQIRL. How do the flavors compare? Although different, their takes on strawberry are both very competitive. The cleanliness of the Coldwater may actually be a little more favorable–but SQIRL’s inventiveness is so enticing. That said, both are fantastic. We can’t wait to try more of their goods which you can grab online here. Stop by the Cheese Store for a jar too. They’re sold for $12 and are worth every penny.