Two Sisters Jams, Jellies, and Preserves

Preserving Nature's Bounty at the Peak of Perfection!

Summer's Bounty!

July 21, 2019

It's been a rainy summer but produce is finally starting to come around and Two Sisters are ready to preserve the bounty with pickles, jams, pepper jellies, salsa's and relish!  Salsa's are always in season but Donna's Tropical Rage Roasted Pineapple Mango Habanero Salsa is also great on the grill!  Spoon a dollop on grilled chicken or fish for a special treat!

Tomatoes are struggling but we've got lots of cucumbers, berries, fruit and vegetables and we've been stocking up on customer favorites like Summer Sunrise strawberry peach jam, all kinds of pickles and tons of pepper jellies!  Junior's blackberry jam is bursting with old fashioned goodness and Patty has been busy making dill pickles, kosher dills, polish dills, sweet dills and bread and butter pickles!  Donna has contributed to the pickle barrel with spicy watermelon pickles, pickled beets, and pickled okra.  For an old-fashioned treat, try wrapping bacon around a cube of watermelon pickle, secure with a toothpick and bake until bacon is crispy.  Delicious!

Apples are coming in and this week will see us stocking up on old-fashioned apple butter, apple rum raisin jam, and apple pear jam and jelly.  New this season is mulled apple cider jelly! Peaches have been especially delicious and we're offering peach pecan amaretto jam, spiced peach jam and sizzling Georgia Peach pepper jam along with peach bourbon jam.

Of course, summer can be pretty steamy!  Cool off with some refreshing honeyed lemon poppy seed jam over cream cheese and graham crackers or lemon chiffon pie jam.  For a special treat, drop by La Chasse Restaurant on Bardstown Road in Louisville for a  Michoacan Margarita featuring Breakfast with Pele Pineapple Mango Habanero Jam!  Delightful!

As always, Two Sisters are on the road at local festivals and events when time permits.  Be sure to stop by and say Hello while trying samples of all our delicious products!

Strawberries are Back!

May 21, 2019

After a long, chilly winter, it's always wonderful to see strawberries popping out of the garden.  That tells Donna and I that we're back in produce season again!  We always strive to find the freshest, in-season fruits and vegetables for creating our products. Oranges and apples are great but it's time to get back in the garden and enjoy homegrown delights again!  We've got tiny little peaches and pears and apples popping out on the fruit trees, strawberries are emerging and the garden is already planted with a variety of tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, and more than 40 kinds of peppers!  The blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are covered in tiny white flowers and we know each flower represents a berry on the vine!

Even though we haven't been in the garden for a while, it doesn't mean we've been idle.  Donna has developed three brand new salsas, chunky Hula Salsa features caramelized pineapple, red onion, and sweet red peppers.  Black bean and corn salsa is fabulous!  Smoky salsa carries the smoky flavor of guajilla peppers, tomatoes, onions, and garlic. Better get the family size bag of tortilla chips!

I've been creating new sauces in bottles.  My favorite is a spicy bourbon infused grilling sauce perfect for the summer grill.  It's great on chicken, steak, pork and hamburgers!  I've also created a honey, brown sugar, ginger grilling sauce that takes barbecued baby back pork ribs to a whole new place!  Thai chili sauce is remarkable on Chinese dishes, egg rolls, chicken nuggets and even as a salad dressing. 

Check out our calendar to see when we'll be at an event near you.  We'll be handing out samples of all our new products as well as everyone's favorite gourmet pickles, pepper jellies, salsas and jams!

See Ya!


The Holidays are HERE!

November 1, 2018

It's that time again and Donna and I have been attending festivals and events every weekend for the last two months handing out samples and recipes sure to delight unexpected holiday guests.  

Keep a few jars of your favorite Two Sisters Pepper Jams and salsa on hand and check out our Recipes Page for quick and easy solutions to party foods and drop in guests like the yummy Cheesy Pepper Jelly Bites shown.  Of course nothing is more simple than throwing a block of cream cheese on a pretty platter,surrounding it with crackers and covering it with your favorite Two Sisters pepper jelly!  Sure to delight everyone!  Keep plenty on hand, it's going to be a great Holiday Season!

Summer Sunrise!

July 26, 2018

Summer in Kentucky is a beautiful thing!  Rosy pink sunrises and glowing orange sunsets!  Fresh, homegrown fruit and vegetables bursting from the garden! What better inspiration for a brand new Two Sister's Jam than sweet strawberries bursting with goodness and juicy tree-ripened peaches?  This combo turns any morning into a Summer Sunrise!

Donna and I have been busy traveling and developing new recipes and products sure to delight the most discriminating palate!  We've created several new pickle varieties including Maple Bourbon Pickles with Thai Chiles,  Pineapple Mango Pickles with Thai Chiles, and two blistering hot pickles designed for those who can't get enough heat!  Dill pickles combined with blistering hot Carolina Reaper Peppers can only be called Evil!  Everyone loves Bread and Butter pickles and we've created a monster by adding Carolina Reapers and calling it Love Hurts! Pickled beets have joined the Two Sisters party and a brand new Salsa!

A recent trip to Belize inspired Donna to create a brand new salsa called Caribbean Salsa.  Chock full of green tomatoes, garlic, jalapenos and onions accented with lime and cilantro.  This tasty treat is sure to thrill an otherwise boring little bag of chips! 

All our newest creations and everyone's favorite Two Sister's products will be available for sampling and purchasing at our upcoming events.  Be sure to check our calendar to see when we'll be visiting a town near you!

Strawberry Fields Forever

April 29, 2017

Donna and I definitely enjoy traveling every chance we get and  just returned from the Caribbean ready to knuckle down and do some jammin'! That's me on the left, our new Caribbean friend, and Donna on the right.

Strawberries are everywhere!  We were in New Orleans just in time for the Ponchatoula Strawberry festival.  We would have loved to bring home bushels of those lovely ripe berries but we knew they wouldn't survive the trip.  No problem, we got back to Kentucky and it's strawberry season!  After a couple days of unpacking and regrouping, we got down to business.  Donna has been working on Strawberry Rhubarb jam and Strawberry Margarita and I've canned Sizzling Strawberry Pepper Jam!  

We've gotten our gardens plowed and ready to plant with more than 30 varieties of hot peppers, pickling cucumbers, green beans, and loads of tomatoes.  The raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry plants are blooming like crazy and promising a delicious haul for the season.

Make sure you like us on Facebook and check our calendar to see where we'll be handing out yummy samples of our products in the coming weeks!

See Ya!


Cajun Critters!

March 10, 2017

Nothing like a trip to New Orleans to bring out the creativity for Donna and I.  The bartender served me a Bloody Mary with a spicy pickle and a couple of green beans as a garnish.  Voila! Why not have both in the same jar?  Why not even throw in some okra and make it a Cajun Party? Hence, our newest addition, Cajun Critters!  Spicy sour pickles, okra, and green beans together with jalapenos, red pepper flakes and a wicked little red arbol pepper thrown in for good measure!

Our spring festivals will be happening soon and we're working hard to get ready.  The inventory is full and we're raring to go! Two events on the same weekend will be coming up in a couple of weeks.  Check our calendar under the "more" tab at the top of the page to find out where we'll be and join us to sample all your old favorites as well as our new additions!

See you there!


20 degrees???

December 15, 2016

Hard to comprehend that it's 20 degrees outside and Christmas is just ten days away! Donna and I just got back from a family cruise and were enjoying balmy breezes and mucho nachos in Belize last week!  As always, we were on the lookout for new recipes and found that Belize has it's own unique salsa.  We took a break with the family and ordered a mucho nacho appetizer that promised to feed six.  There were seven of us on the cruise but we figured a serving for six would be enough since we were going to head back to the ship and continue stuffing ourselves with the endless food that's such a big part of cruising.  Imagine our surprise when the nachos arrived and could easily have served twenty hungry appetites!  The picture shown to the left is what was leftover after we had all consumed our fill!  The salsa was a unique blend of cucumbers, onions, jalapenos, cilantro and lime and is sure to be developed and added to Donna's yummy selection of salsas.

We returned to find that many, many orders had come in during our vacation and immediately set to work cooking, canning, and filling orders.  Our jams, salsas, pickles, relishes, and pepper jellies make delightful gourmet treats and stocking stuffers.  After a long week in the kitchen, we now have back orders filled and shipped and have the shelves restocked.  Please visit our booth in the Green Top in Glendale, KY where you'll find all of our unique products available for purchase.  Don't forget to visit us on facebook!


Let the Good Times Roll!

May 8, 2016

Donna and I will be hitting the road the next few weekends.  We'll be setting up shop at the Flea Off Market in Louisville at 1007 E Jefferson Street this Friday through Sunday.

The following weekend, May 20th and 21st you can find us at the Old Louisville Springfest on historic 1st Street in Old Louisville.

May 28th, we'll be handing out samples and selling our goodies for the Fleur de Flea Vintage Market at Waterfront Park in Louisville and May 29th, we'll be hanging out at the Boomtown Festival in downtown New Albany, Indiana.

These are some great festivals and events promising fun for all!  We hope to see you there!


April 20, 2016

Peach Pecan with Amaretto!

Talk about the perfect combination!  Our newest product is a delicious blend of sweet tree-ripened peaches, plump golden raisins, orange zest, Georgia pecans and a generous shot of Amaretto.  Delicious as a jam but this one doubles as a dessert sauce.  It turns ordinary ice cream or pound cake into a Heavenly dessert!

We love all our products and we recently stumbled across a couple of articles in Genuine Kentucky Magazine written by Joi Sigers professing her love of our pepper jams!  She picked up some Cherry Bomb and the review blew us away!  Take a look at her review of Tiki Torch, a pineapple pepper jelly. Genuine Kentucky features articles on the best of Kentucky, whether it be food, state parks, or festivals and events.  There's always something new to see or do in Kentucky!  Hope we see you soon!


April 13, 2016

Twisted Sister!

Donna and I are home again and have gotten to work!  We found lots of inspiration down in the Caribbean and have taken our ideas from the abstract to reality.  First on the list, a sizzling hot new pepper jam we've named Twisted Sister.  Loaded with Carolina Reapers, Red Savinas, and blistering hot Brain Strain peppers, this one will knock your socks off!  I saw a jar of Habanero Jam down in Belize and it occurred to me that with all our pepper jams, we don't have a basic habanero jam to serve with cream cheese or spread over fish or poultry.  We do now!  This stuff is great over toast or biscuits but a spoonful over hot chicken or fish melts over the top and provides a huge taste sensation!

We've also come up with a delicious Amaretto Peach Pecan jam that will brighten up those spring mornings like a ray of sunshine!

Of course, it's always a good time to stock up on customer favorites like Holiday Jalapenos, Cowboy Candy, Habanero Gold and Habanero Gold Extra Hot!  Apple Rum Raisin was a huge hit at the Flea Off in March and we sold out.  Not to worry!  There's a brand new batch waiting to be labeled! 

We've still got a month or so before festivals and events come into full swing so we'll keep stocking up and taking orders from the website and our friends on Facebook.  Next event on the horizon is the May Flea Off the week after derby followed the next week by the Old Louisville Spring-fest and the Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market on May 28th.  Check our calendar and come on out to sample our new creations along with all your favorites.  See you there!


March 5, 2016

It won't be long now!  Donna and I are working like crazy to get ready for all the upcoming Spring Festivals and Events!  We're stocking up on all our customer favorites including Breakfast with Pele and Sizzling Georgia Peach to bring the bright flavors of summer to your table.  Love our salsa?  We've got all your favorites ready to go.  Check our calendar for upcoming events!

Hang in there!  Spring will be here before you know it.  Donna and I are both heading down to Florida and the Caribbean to get the freshest produce we can and stock up on luscious tropical liqueurs and the best rum we can find. You don't need to worry about the quality, we'll be glad to taste test!


November 3, 2015

Donna and I wanted to do something special for the Holiday Bazaar at Fort Knox this weekend.  Hence: the inspiration for our two newest pepper jams!  

Goldfinger is the best pure pepper jam we've ever tasted!  We've spared no expense with this one! It's chock full of exotic yellow ghost peppers, citrusy lemon peppers, sweet yellow peppers and rare white habaneros.  The result is a luscious jam with lots of lingering heat that chili-heads will love.  

Patton’s Poison throws everything into the pot! Red Savina Peppers, 7-Pot Douglah Brain Strain Peppers, Trinidad Moruga Scorpions, Trinidad Butch T Peppers, White Habaneros, Ghost Peppers, and a couple of Carolina Reapers thrown in for good measure with a tangy sweetness that lingers after the bite. Super– Hot AND Delicious!   Patton's Poison separates the men from the boys!

 These two delicious pepper jams are limited edition and only available at the Ft. Knox Holiday Bazaar this Friday and Saturday!


The last two years, our proud soldiers have taken quite a fancy to our pepper jams and we hope they enjoy these two new additions.  To sweeten the pot, we're offering $1.00 off an 8 oz. jar for active military attending the bazaar!  Hope we see you there!


November 1, 2015

The Holidays are approaching!  Donna and I have just finished up a hectic two months of outdoor fall festivals and are gearing up for the Holiday Bazaars and Festivals.  We're taking advantage of seasonal fruits and veggies and filling holiday orders as fast as we can. Always popular stocking stuffers are Dr. Pepper Jelly, Mountain Dew Jelly, and Big Red Jelly but we're keeping our gourmet offerings in mind, too!

We just finished some fabulous Spiced Apple Preserves, Cranberry Apple Pecan Conserve and some of the sweetest Pear Preserves we've every produced!  Needless to say, we're also stocking up on festive Holiday Jalapenos, Gingerbread Jam, and Orange Marmalade with Vanilla Bean and Cointreau.  Of course, it's hard to beat good old-fashioned Blackberry Jam slathered on a warm biscuit on these chilly mornings.  

We've got all kinds of goodies to garnish the holiday table!  Old-fashioned pickles made with pickling lime produce the crunchiest pickle we've even seen.  We have them in Kosher Dill, Bread and Butter, Spicy Sour with Jalapeno and Bread and Butter.  Relish trays are irresistible with our spicy roasted sweet peppers and Chow Chow and these goodies turn a left-over turkey sandwich into something truly special.

Check our calendar to see when we'll be visiting your area and, don't forget, we always have samples of all our products at each event.  Hope to see you soon!


November, 2015

Pickles, pickles, pickles!  Donna and I have been making pickles like crazy this fall!  We had a bumper crop of Paris Pickling Cucumbers and the results have been fantastic! Our sweet bread and butter pickles were a hit and were quickly followed by Spicy Sour Pickles with Jalapeno and Kosher Dills with onion and garlic.  

Patty, always looking for something new, decided to try using old fashioned recipes that include a 24 hour soak in pickling lime followed by another 24 hours of soaking in ice water and vinegar.  The results were phenomenal!  Pickles so crisp they snap like fresh green beans!  We continually sell out at every festival and event we attend.

Don't miss out!  Once the frost hits, these feisty goodies will be gone for the year!  

As always, we use only the freshest produce available.  Currently, we're featuring a fabulous traditional Pear Jam that's sweet as nectar and making it as fast as we can gather pears.  Apples are in season and we're stocking up on Old-Fashioned Apple Butter and Donna's unique Maple Bourbon Apple Butter as well as our best-selling Apple Rum Raisin Jam!

Now's the time to order for Christmas!  Nothing warms up those chilly winter mornings like one of our jams spread on biscuits warm from the oven!

May 10, 2015

The very best jams, jellies, pickles, and salsas start with the freshest ingredients! We've been tilling and weeding and planting our berries and veggies and can't wait to start preserving the bounty! Donna and I have selected our favorite varieties of pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, tomatillos, hot peppers, and vegetables and eagerly await results with new and exciting recipes sure to delight our customers.

A winter cruise found us partaking of a full day's excursion in Cozumel to learn how to make the best authentic salsas and Donna can't wait to start producing delicious fruit salsas, salsa verde, and chunky traditional salsa. I, on the other hand, attended the session but focused more on creating and taste testing the best, authentic margaritas. In my defense, however,  I did spend the winter searching for and preparing the best varieties of pickles and relishes to be found anywhere. What's a great Chicago Beef sandwich without a great Jardiniere relish to top it off? Grilled hot dogs become gourmet treats with the addition of sweet, spicy Chow Chow and what cookout is complete without a relish tray loaded with a tantalizing selection of pickled green beans, bread and butter pickles or hot and spicy dills?

Check our calendar and come on out and visit us!  We'll be serving up samples of everything under the sun and providing you with the best selection of jams, jellies, preserves, salsas, pickles and relishes to be found anywhere! We have two booths stocking our products now: Annie Ruth's in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and The Green Top in Glendale, Kentucky. Of course, we'd love to see you but if you can't make it out to one of our festivals or visit us at our booths, you can still order online.  Check out the store and find out what's new!

November 19, 2014

Donna and I have been busy, busy, busy with the Holiday Season approaching!  We've participated in lots of local events including Fall Festivals and Holiday Bazaars.  We've also been busy in the kitchen preparing new items that are sure to spice up mealtimes and brighten up chilly mornings!

A bumper crop of Paris Pickling cucumbers led us to produce many customer favorites including Kosher Dill Pickles, Bread and Butter Pickles, Spicy Sour Pickles, Chow Chow and Piccalilli Relish.  Be sure to pick up a couple of jars while they're available.  Once they're gone, we won't be producing any more until next year's crop comes in.

Our newest pepper jam, Ruby Slipper is a sure-fire winner!  Fresh, tart raspberries and jalapenos combine to create a pepper jam with just enough heat to generate lots of compliments and requests for more.  Serve with cream cheese and crackers for a holiday appetizer or just serve with toast or biscuits. Ruby Slipper has been getting lots of raves at our sampling shows!

Speaking of sampling shows, don't forget to visit our booth at Vine Grove's Dickens of a Christmas on December 6th and look for us at the Christmas Gift and Decor Show in Louisville on December 12, 13, and 14.  Check our calendar to see when where we'll be and come on our for free samples!

Beer Jelly is Here!!!

Two Sisters introduces a wide assortment of Beer Jellies.  Serve over your pork chops, ham, chicken, and more.  This is fantastic on hot biscuits or bagels.  Are you having a cookout?  Try adding the Beer Jelly to your hot dog or hamburger.  We offer Apple, Shanty Orange, Nutty Brown, Stout, Spiced, and Rhubarb Beer Jellies.  Try some soon. September 2014

August 4, 2014

Summer is in full swing and we've been cannin' and jammin' as fast as we can harvest goodies in the garden!  More than 50 exotic hot pepper plants are producing like crazy and have led to the addition of two new pepper jams to our line of hot and spicy Pepper Jellies; Sizzling Georgia Peach Jam and Cherry Bomb!

We're keeping a close eye on the world's newest and hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper, rated on the Scoville Scale in excess of 2,000,000 units of sizzling heat! Our plants are weighted down with this wicked little pepper and Patty has already developed a recipe for Grim Reaper Jam, guaranteed to be the hottest jam to be found anywhere!  As soon as those little devils are ripe, they're going jammin'!

Speaking of pepper jellies, we love to visit a wonderful store in the French Quarter that has all kinds of pepper jams and jellies, hot sauces, hot spices and wickedly hot condiments.  A recent visit found us looking for inspiration and we were surprised to discover that Two Sisters actually has almost twice as many pepper jams as the shop that inspired us to begin making them!

April 4, 2014

Bring on the heat!  

Donna and I are ready for it! 

After a long and snowy winter, we're gearing up for Spring time and Summer events! View our calendar and come on out to sample our newest products!

March 19. 2014     What's new?

Spring is just around the corner and Donna and I are excited about upcoming festivals and events!

We've had a busy winter developing new products and testing new recipes.  You'll notice many new products in the store such as Southwest Jelly, Raspberry Chipotle Chile Sauce, Ruby Red Grapefruit Jam, Cranberry Ketchup, Black Magic Blackberry Habanero Jam, and many others. Check our calendar to see where Two Sister's will be appearing and join us for a springtime breakout!  And, as always, we welcome your comments and testimonials!  Thanks for visiting!


The News Enterprise - November 11, 2013

Donna Mattingly, left, and Patty Roederer, of Two Sisters Jams, Jellies, and Preserves, assist customers at their booth Saturday during the Elizabethtown Junior Woman's Club Holiday Marketplace Arts & Crafts Show at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. The sisters offered tasting samples of the many varieties they sell.

"Sisters Donna Mattingly and Pat Roederer’s booth was mobbed by visitors who excitedly were sampling their products. The women’s business, known as Two Sisters Jams, Jellies and Preserves, has been in business for the last few months after both women retired. Mattingly lives in Elizabethtown while Roederer resides in Louisville.

The siblings have attended bazaars and festivals in the area and try to buy most of their ingredients locally. They are looking to partner with farmer’s markets, Mattingly said.

The women specialize in rich, nuanced flavors reminiscent of other foods, including caramel apple jams, cranberry mandarin spread and banana nut bread jam.

The women, too, work with some of the hottest peppers on earth to create nuclear concoctions.

“We have very hot and set-your-pants-on-fire hot,” Mattingly said with a smile.

Visitors who sampled the different flavors raved, describing them as excellent."

Nothing brings the sweetness of summer to the table like good, old-fashioned Blackberry Jam.  Serve on biscuits, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or use as a glaze on pork or chicken.

Sissy Salsa

Red and gold sweet peppers and green jalapenos make this pickling mix a real treat for your roast beef sandwich.

Think Jams, Jellies, Preserves and Conserves are just for Breakfast?

Check out our Recipe Page!

Sweet pomegranate, tart cranberries, and Jonagold apples along with fiery scorpion peppers make this a sweet and extremely hot jam.  Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.
Two Sisters Apple Rum Raisin Conserve in Filo Pastry with fresh cream.

Cinnamon Cucumber Rings

Sizzling Georgia Peach Jam!