Are these Products Handmade in Small Batches?
Handmade high-quality foods involve an expensive process, intensive labor, and consistent attention to detail. Most Marmalade's take a minimum of three (3) days to produce. We use only the best local fruit and the freshest ingredients available. High-quality marmalade and fruit preserve making are comparable to fine foods such as artisan cheeses, fine wines, and pastries. Our price might be higher than the conventional mass-produced everyday products, however, the huge difference in texture and most importantly the flavor makes it worth every penny.
How long will The Royal Gourmet Products last?
Products last 2 years from the day of production (check the "best by" date on the bottom of the jar), but really as long as the jar is sealed it won't spoil and can last indefinitely (although for the brightest, freshest flavor we recommend eating it by that "best by" date). Once you open your jar of jam it must be refrigerated. The pepper jams will keep for up to 1 year in your fridge, the fruit jams we recommend eating within a month or two after opening for the best flavors and quality. Because The Royal Gourmet fruit products are natural products with no artificial preservatives and lower sugar content, they are more perishable than your typical store-bought jams.
How are the Marmalade, Chutneys, Fruit Paste, and Jams made?
We make our jams from the highest-quality local organic and/or sustainably grown fruit. Our products are all made in small batches in copper pans. Each pan produces about 120 jars at a time. These small batches are a large part of how we achieve such great results.
How much sugar is in each jar? Why do you use sugar? What kind of sugar do you use? Why don't you use honey, agave, Splenda, or none?
We use sugar in our preserves because we strongly believe it provides the best results. Sugar does for sweet foods what salt does for savory, helping each flavor to accentuate and shine. Although fruit preserves definitely are not a low-sugar food, ours never taste sugary; we are focused on a perfect flavor balance that accentuates the natural flavor of the fruits. We use ripe fruit to be able to take advantage of the natural sweetness of the fruit and at the same time use less sugar.
If I don't like a flavor, can I return it to you?
Due to food safety reasons, at this time we are unable to accept returns on any of our products. However, if a jam is not to your liking, feel free to contact us – we make a variety of flavors that we are sure we can find the perfect fruit for your next order!
All Fruit Preserves are not created equal
Our fruit preserves are made with less sugar and more fruit. The Royal Gourmet uses more than 80% fruit and adds sugar depending on the natural sweetness of the fruit and use; that qualifies our fruit preserves as Luxury. Our fruit preserves are mostly fruit unlike many brands found at many stores around the world that only use 45 to 55 % fruit. Also, many of these brands use as sweetener high fructose corn syrup instead of sugar simply because corn syrup is cheaper.
Artisanal: All the cooking process is made by hand.
Small Batch: Small is beautiful, personalized attention to detail results in a higher quality product.
Gluten-free: The Royal Gourmet Fruit preserves are free of nuts and gluten ingredients.
Soy Free: all our fruit preserves are soy-free.
Vegan: All our fruit preserves are animal by-products free.
Organic: When possible the Royal Gourmet uses Organic fruit and organic ingredients for our fruit preserves. Not all the fruit we use is certified organic (the high cost of certification is too expensive for some small farmers), but it's always grown using organic methods.
GMO-free: All our fruit preserves are GMO-free. We do not use GMO fruits or any GMO ingredients.
All our fruit preserves are Free of fillers, preservatives, artificial colors, flavor enhancers, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup.