6 Homemade Jams You’ll Want to Spread on Everything
Summer may be over, but you don’t have to say goodbye to seasonal fruit just yet.
Imagine enjoying all your favorite warm-weather produce well into the fall and winter seasons. Believe it or not, it’s possible if you turn your excess berries and stone fruit into homemade jam. The jars will hold up in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer (depending on which type of jam you make) for longer than the actual shelf life of fresh fruit. Plus, you’ll have fresh jam for toast, scones, yogurt parfaits, charcuterie boards — and even gifting. Summer may be at an end, but that doesn’t mean your favorite seasonal flavors have to go along with it!
Mixed Berry Freezer Jam (pictured above)
Mash up seasonal favorites like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries for a delicious and textured jam that needs no additional stovetop cooking. You can store this recipe in the freezer for up to a year!
Apricot season may be short-lived, but this recipe extends the shelf life of this sweet and flavorful fruit. Toss sugar and lemon into your apricot mash before boiling. That will help you preserve the fresh taste and bright color of the fruit.
You can make a batch of this jam in just under an hour and with only three ingredients. Best of all, it will be bursting with flavor and color. Macerating the berries before cooking helps release more of their natural fruit pectin, eliminating the need for any additional thickener. Genius!
Still have leftover fruit from your summer peach picking? Peel, pit, and chop it up before tossing into a saucepan to make this irresistible jam. There are many varieites of peaches but you can use whatever you have on hand.
Ree preserves her strawberry jam in 8-ounce mason jars. The smaller size makes these rustic beauties perfect for gifting.
Strawberries and rhubarb are a classic pair — and well worth preserving. The sweetness of the strawberries and the tartness of the rhubarb creates a nice balance of flavor but if you want to play with the recipe a little bit try add-ins like freshly cracked black pepper, vanilla bean or balsamic vinegar.