One of the best parts of summer is eating all the juicy and delicious fruits and veggies fresh from the garden. While we'd love to eat like this all year round, the reality is that the cold weather sets in eventually and all of our summer treats come to an end. Fortunately, we can capture a little bit of summer gold to hoard away for the winter in the form of jam.
Canning jam is a way of preserving summer produce in a natural process that destroys the organism that spoils food. From maple whiskey peach jam to kumquat jalapeno jam, you’ll find endless combinations sure to delight all year round!
Check out our wonderful collection of 20 yummy and unique recipes for canning jam now.
Peach and Pepper Jam
Use this sweet and spicy Peach and Pepper Jam on cheese and crackers or try it as a glaze for chicken or shrimp.
Raspberry Lemon Thyme Jam
This jam is pretty straight up bright raspberry with a zing of lemon and just a hint of something herbalicious. The lemon thyme helps to give a little extra kick.
Via Jules Food
Maple Peach Whisky Jam
This jam would be great on toast or scones, inside a grilled cheese, spooned over ice cream, or, you could do what we did – spread it on a crostini and top it with blue cheese and prosciutto.
Via Kelly Neil
Pink Grapefruit and Vanilla Bean Jam
This citrus jam is a little different because grapefruit has a characteristic bitter flavor which most people either love or they don’t. If you like marmalade, then you will probably like this.
Pink Gooseberry Elderflower Jam
It’s a happy coincidence that elderflowers are often out when gooseberries come into season, and so the classic combination of gooseberry and elderflower is often seen in old cookbooks, as well as in modern-day shops and restaurants.
Zucchini Peach Jelly
You can use this jelly as a condiment. It's always a conversation piece—everyone wonders about the “green” ingredient! This beautiful jelly is so easy to make and I often use it as a gift-giving item for the holidays.
Via Taste of Home
Pear Vanilla Jam
For those who usually give away their jams as gifts, you may be in trouble with this recipe. It’s so tasty, you definitely won’t be sharing.
Via Flour On My Face
Honey Sweetened Rhubarb Fig Jam
A thick, perfectly spreadable jam is achieved with this delightful recipe. Because neither of the fruits are high in acidity, and there isn’t a boatload of sweetener in it.
Blackberry Vanilla Basil Jam
Here’s something delicious – a little different with layers of unexplainable sweet, yet slightly savory spreadable goodness.
Via Jules Food
Cucumber Vanilla Jam
This jam tastes like vanilla with the subtle freshness of cucumber. You should try it, it’s pretty amazing.
Via Like A Strawberry Milk
Kumquat Jalapeno Jam
This jam is a little labor intensive, but it is SO good and has such unique flavor! Serve jam on crackers with some Brie cheese – the PERFECT pairing!
Banana Kiwi Jam
Sweet bananas and acidic kiwis. This interesting jam literally takes only a few moments to prepare, with a few hours of cooking, and the jam is ready. (Polish)
Rose Petal Plum Jam
Here’s another favorite jam from this season…sweet, tart fresh plums with just a wisp of summer rose. Perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea on a cold fall-ish day.
Via Jules Food
Strawberry Chipotle Jam
At first taste, it’s pure delicious strawberry. But, comin’ up from behind is a lovely smoky, slow burn from the chipotles.
Via Tide and Thyme
This jelly served on top of a block of cream cheese is just about the best cheese and crackers event in town.
Cranberry Sriracha Pepper Jelly
This ruby-hued, sweet and spicy jelly is made from cranberries, fresh orange juice, jalapeños, sugar and a favorite condiment here at The Café, Sriracha. Sriracha is a fabulous hot sauce made from sun ripened chilies, and in combination with the jalapeños, adds a unique, delicious layer of heat.
Via The Cafe Sucre Farine
Garam Masala Nectarine Jam
We absolutely recommend trying this jam… it's better than plain old peach and it will be a pleasant surprise in the pantry on a cold winter morning.
Via Jules Food
Pineapple Passion Fruit Jam
Delicious on toasts, this pineapple & passion fruit jam is low in sugar and high in fruit.
Via The Flexitarian
Kentucky Bar Fight Jam
We love the name of this jam – a sweet and spicy jam made with blackberries, blueberries, jalapenos, and bourbon.
Via Tasty Kitchen
This delicious 3-ingredient carrot jam is based on a recipe from 1865. It’s bright, tasty and super-easy with no unusual equipment needed. It tastes like apricot jam!
Via Veggie Desserts
It is very important to use the correct method for the foods you are canning and preserving.