At Kitten and the Bear, we hand craft French confiture style fruit preserves and traditional buttermilk scones using only the finest ingredients and time-honoured methodology.
We believe in tradition, heritage, and the power of the human touch. We strive to create not only the highest quality product possible, but an experience that is genuine and true to the timeless practice of jam making, while imparting our own contemporary spin on this artisanal inheritance.
What Makes Our Jam Unique
Our artisan jams, jellies and marmalades are made completely by hand in small, limited batches in our atelier and tasting room at 1574 Queen Street West, Parkdale, Toronto.
We strive to use local produce whenever possible, as well as tropical, heirloom, and hybrid varieties. Many of our ingredients are sourced from family-owned farms dedicated to sustainable and healthy farming practices. Our relationships with our growers allow us access to the season’s best crops and the freshest fruits possible, as well as ensuring quality by minimizing the time and steps from tree to jar.
We take our methodologies of jam making as seriously as we take our ingredients, using classic methods of preserving perfected over years of research and recipe development. Meticulously chosen fruits are cut, prepared and blended by hand in small batches with a focus on freshness and purity. We believe in the integrity of the fruit, and use only natural spices, teas, spirits, fresh florals and herbs to enhance - not mask - the natural beauty and flavours of the produce. With a background in fine culinary arts, we focus on the principles of flavour pairing to create preserves that are both inspired, yet exceptionally well-balanced.
Produced in our nut-free facility, each and every jar of KATB preserves are filled, capped, polished and labeled completely by hand to ensure an incredibly high level of quality control. Our jams undergo regular tastings and are assessed for balance of flavour, brightness of colour, and overall freshness.
The French Confiture Style of Jam Making
Kitten and the Bear is one of only a handful of preserve companies in the world that still makes confiture (the French term for “jam”) using hand-hammered copper “confiture pans” imported from France.
Historically, pure copper pans were prized for jam making as it was thought to lend a “shiny,” “glistening” look to the preserve due to its metallic properties. We now know that the conductive properties of copper ensures a high cooking temperature and uniform heat distribution (of superior importance in all confectionary work), while the quintessential shape of the pan is engineered to allow for the quickest evaporation of moisture.
Combined with classic methodologies of par-cooking and maceration, the result is a soft-set, velvety textured preserve with a fresh, fruit-forward flavour.