It’s a bustling time of year.
The gardens are growing, fruit trees and shrubs are producing, and you’re getting ready to have a major harvest on your hands.
But what should you do with such an abundance? Preserving food is the first thing which comes to most minds, but if you’re new to preserving food you may feel a little unsure of yourself.
I’m coming to the rescue with some of the internet’s best jelly and jam recipes. It’s a delicious way to start your day or add it to a dessert.
The best part is that jam recipes are one of the easiest food preservation methods. Find a couple of jam recipes you love and start putting your harvest to work:
1. Spiced Peach Jam Recipes
Are your peaches almost ripe? This could be the perfect recipe to utilize them. It’s basic and perfect for those who are new to preserving food.
The recipe calls for peaches, sugar, water, butter, and cinnamon sticks. If you keep a few kitchen basics on hand, you can whip this jam up in no time.
2. The Easiest Strawberry Jam
I’m a strawberry-a-holic. I can’t help myself. All things strawberry makes my taste buds dance. Strawberry jam is no exception.
Therefore, when I saw this easy strawberry jam recipe, I knew it must be shared. If you love strawberries as much as I do, put your strawberry harvest to good use and create a jam which will make you giddy.
3. Three Ingredient Banana Jam
Unless you live in a tropical climate, you may not have a harvest of bananas. Fortunately bananas are inexpensive at most grocery stores.
There are also times when they’re heavily reduced. Put these grocery store sales to good use and make this easy and delicious banana jam.
4. Spiced Christmas Jam
DIY Christmas gifts are the best! It’s also great to make edible DIY gifts because you can make them when the harvest comes in.
When everyone else is scurrying around during the holidays, you can remain cool as a cucumber because you put in the work months before. This Christmas jam can be made early and makes a wonderful gift for the holidays.
5. Mixed Berry Homemade Jam
When I first began making my own jams and jellies, I started with a mixed berry jam. It tasted wonderful, but it brought a whole new flavor when added to fresh bread.
Therefore, if you have a variety of mixed berries you’d like to put to good use and add a new level of flavor to your homemade baked goods, you must give this recipe a try.
6. Watermelon Jelly
Have you grown a great deal of watermelon this year? You may have considered making a variety of different items with it, but you may not have considered making jelly.
This watermelon jelly recipe is a great option for those who love watermelon and also those who are new to making or canning jelly. Give it a shot and form your own opinion.
7. Monkey Butter Jam Recipes
I’m a huge fan of Hawaiian banana nut bread which means I must love this monkey butter recipe too because they’re similar.
If you enjoy the taste of bananas, coconut, and pineapple, you must give this recipe a try! Make some banana bread to go with it and complete the snack.
8. Root Beer Jelly
Do you have people in your inner circle who love root beer? My kids are huge fans, which is why this recipe piqued my interest.
Take a break from the traditional jelly recipes and switch things up with a recipe for root beer jelly. It’s filled with sugar, but it would be great to keep on hand for a sweet treat or to cure a sweet tooth craving.
9. Pineapple Habanero Pepper Jelly
I must be honest. My husband and I love spicy food. Every year we grow extremely hot peppers, but I run out of oomph before I can bring myself to eat all of them. A person can only handle so much heat.
Which is why I love this recipe. If you grow hot peppers every year and your insides say, “No more!” before you run out of peppers, try mixing your spicy peppers with sweet pineapple for a delicious jelly.
10. Sangria Jelly
Sangria jelly is a fun jelly recipe, and it would be a great addition the next time you have the girls over for a brunch or an afternoon luncheon.
Don’t serve sangria as a drink only. Instead, make sangria jelly and allow your guests to enjoy it with their meal. The color and the flavor will add to your gathering in a special way.
11. Homemade Grape Jelly
If you haven’t made jelly in the past, grape jelly is the perfect place to start. It’s the easiest recipe you’ll probably ever make.
It all begins with grape juice. Sugar is added along with pectin until it makes a delicious jelly perfect for bread or biscuits.
12. Pumpkin Pie Jam
Pumpkin pie… Yum! There’s no better treat each fall, but you can now have this flavor year-round by making pumpkin pie jam.
It no longer requires a lengthy amount of time to make a perfect pie. Instead, open a can of homemade jam and prepare to enjoy it on a piece of toast. It tastes like pumpkin pie without all the work.
13. Pineapple Upside Down Jam
Pineapple upside down cake is one of my favorite desserts. My mom made it all the time when I was growing up, and it feels like home every time I eat it.
Which is why this recipe caught my attention. You can now have pineapple upside down cake in a jar. It contains pineapple, sugar, cherries, and almond extract. What a unique and delicious recipe!
14. Pear Jam
Do you grow pears on your property? You must figure out new ways to utilize them to keep them from going to waste, right?
Pear jam is an easy way to use your pears. It’s also a great recipe for those who are new to canning.
15. Blueberry Lavender Jam
Blueberries are a wonderful bush to have on your property. You can incorporate them into your edible landscaping.
If you have lavender growing in your herb garden, you not only have a gorgeous array of colors, but you have the ingredients to make a delicious new jam.
16. Wine Jelly
Do you make your own homemade wine? Wine is great for relaxing after a long day, and it’s great to cook with too.
But have you considered using your wine to make jelly? It would make an excellent gift or a nice staple to keep on your pantry shelf when you’re looking for a different flavor jelly.
17. Fig Honey Jam
I had a friend realize she had fig trees growing in her yard the other day. Figs are easy to grow and maintain, but she wasn’t sure what to do with them.
This recipe is a great way to utilize figs you may harvest from your own yard. If you raise bees, add your honey to the mix, and you’ll have a tasty treat.
18. Raspberry Chocolate Jam
If the words raspberry and chocolate don’t catch your attention, we seriously need to reevaluate your priorities.
This jam is an excellent way to get your fruit and chocolate fix and all at breakfast! It’s a simple recipe which needs raspberries, cocoa powder, pectin, and sugar.
19. Pina Colada Jam
“If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain…” Yes, this song is the first thing which comes to mind when I see the word Pina Colada.
However, after you try out this recipe, the jam will be the second thing which pops in your mind after you get the song out of your head, of course.
20. The Best Damn Bacon Jam
Can we all agree bacon is life? Life is instantly better when you chomp on a piece of crispy, salty bacon. Not to mention, it makes all recipes better too.
Imagine if you could have the delicious flavor of bacon without ever pulling out your frying pan. Thanks to bacon jam, it’s possible.
21. Cantaloupe Jelly
I struggle when growing cantaloupes to know how to use them all. You can plant only one vine, and you’ll end up with a tremendous amount of melons.
You no longer must wonder how to use your excess cantaloupes. Pull out this trusty recipe, and you’ll have delicious jelly to last the whole year.
22. Grandmom’s Tomato Jam
Let’s be upfront here. Tomato jam doesn’t sound very delicious, but once you give it a try, it could be your new way to use your tomato harvest.
Tomato jam is easy to make and requires few ingredients. If you have tomatoes, sugar, and citrus juice, you have what it takes to make this jam.
23. Old-Fashioned Cherry Jam
As far as I’m concerned, there are no better jams than strawberry and cherry. We’ve already discussed the strawberry jam.
Let’s move on to old-timey cherry jam recipes. It’s a basic three-ingredient recipe which calls only for cherries, sugar, and citrus flavored juice.
24. Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
If you’ve enjoyed the taste of rhubarb, chances are you’ve indulged in a strawberry rhubarb pie. If you enjoyed the flavor of the pie, imagine it being combined into delicious jam recipes.
You’ve understood me correctly. The next time you want to enjoy strawberries and rhubarb together, there’s no baking involved. Instead, make use of these simple jam recipes, and your craving will be met.
25. Grapefruit and Vanilla Bean Jam
Who says unique flavored jam must be challenging to make? If you’ve heard this, whoever said it, clearly hasn’t seen this recipe.
It only calls for grapefruit, sugar, and a couple of vanilla beans. You can have an amazing treat whipped up in no time.
26. Apple and Thyme Jelly
Many people don’t consider mixing their fruit harvest with their herb harvest, but after viewing some of these recipes, it should become a much more common consideration.
This is another easy recipe which would be perfect for those new to making their own jelly. It requires apples, water, thyme, and sugar.
27. Homemade Plum Jam Recipes
Plums don’t sound like a ‘fun’ fruit. They are rarely pointed out as the fruit favorite, but they have a ton to offer.
They’re healthy, easy to grow, and delicious. They too can be turned into a wonderful jam perfect for toast in the morning or as the center of a thumbprint cookie.
28. Dr. Pepper Dixie Jelly
I know someone who must drink one Dr. Pepper every day, or they can’t function. They treat Dr. Pepper as most people would coffee.
If you love your Dr. Pepper too, consider turning it into jelly. This will allow you to drink and eat Dr. Pepper as an entire meal.
29. Sweet Mandarin Sunshine Jelly
My oldest loves mandarin oranges. If you have a sweet spot in your flavor palate for mandarin oranges, you must try this jelly.
It requires mandarin oranges, butter, lemons, sugar, and pectin. Put these items together, and you’ll make a flavorful jelly perfect for any occasion.
30. Rosemary Jelly
If you love cooking with herbs, try making items based solely around the flavor of the herb. One example of this is rosemary jelly.
Imagine being able to indulge in the aromatic flavor of rosemary with a hint of sweetness from the sugar and a slight tanginess from the vinegar to give you an awesome, edible experience. This is the rosemary jelly experience.
31. Sweet and Tangy Cucumber Jelly
I know. There are some jellies which sound fascinating and odd simultaneously. Sweet and tangy cucumber jelly is one of these recipes.
But it’s a unique way to utilize your cucumber harvest. The recipe includes cucumber juice, sugar, vinegar, and pectin, which gives you both the sweet and tangy flavor.
32. Jalapeno Jelly
I love spicy foods. They’re an amazing addition to a variety of recipes. Enjoying spicy jelly is a little different than indulging in sweet jellies.
For instance, jalapeno jelly would most likely be more appetizing on a cracker with cream cheese than on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Make this jelly for a lovely addition to your appetizers.
33. Violet Jelly
You may have thought violets were only meant for being viewed and adding curb appeal. This recipe will change your perspective.
Mix water, violets, lemon juice, and sugar together to make a beautifully colored jelly with a floral accent.
34. Pomegranate Jelly
Pomegranates have made a large appearance in most grocery stores because they’re known for being a super fruit packed with vitamins and nutrients your body needs.
You can enjoy getting those vitamins and nutrients in a different way by preparing a pomegranate jelly. Canning instructions are also included in this recipe.
35. Corn Cob Jelly
One of my first years canning corn, my mother-in-law came up with a variety of ways to utilize every part of the corn.
Corn cob jelly was one of the methods we used. It may sound odd, but it tastes similar to honey. If you’d like to utilize every part of the corn you’re canning, you must try this jelly.
36. Mountain Dew Jelly
Are you a huge fan of Mountain Dew? There was a time when I depended heavily on the caffeine in Mountain Dew to carry me through the day.
If you love Mountain Dew too, you’ll enjoy it in jelly form. It doesn’t require much. If you have Mountain Dew, sugar, pectin, lemon juice, and butter, you can have a delicious jelly.
37. Blood Orange Jam
Blood oranges have a unique look and flavor. When my son first saw them at the grocery store he said they looked like Halloween oranges.
If the appearance of a blood orange turns you away, you can transform their look by turning them into a delicious jelly which flaunts a gorgeous color.
38. Prickly Pear Jelly
Prickly pears don’t sound delicious or friendly but don’t let the name throw you off. Instead, check out this recipe and find a new way to enjoy your prickly pear harvest.
The color is gorgeous! This would make a pretty gift to give away to those around you with fresh baked goods.
39. Crabapple Jelly
Crabapples are small apples which many people assume aren’t good for much. Clearly, they haven’t tried crabapple jelly.
This recipe not only allows you to use your crabapples, but it only requires a few essential ingredients such as sugar and water. It’s a simple and delicious way to enjoy your harvest.
40. Caramel Apple Jam
Yum! Caramel apples. Aren’t they the best? They can be difficult to make and even more difficult to eat sometimes.
You no longer must worry about the mess of making or eating the caramel apples. Instead, caramelize apples in a Dutch oven and turn it into a delicious jam. It goes great with a biscuit.
41. Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam
Do you prefer savory jams over sweet recipes? If you answered, “Yes!” this recipe is the one you’ve been searching for.
Roasted garlic and onion jam would be perfect for any type of hors d’oeuvre. It has quite a few ingredients, but this lets you know how flavorful the jam will be.
42. Rose Petal Jam
Did you know rose petals were good for more than adding curb appeal or used as part of a bouquet? They’re a versatile flower, but they’re also edible.
As with other floral jams, you’ll begin by boiling the petals in water to get the fragrance from them. Once the petals have boiled, the other ingredients are added for a sweet floral treat.
43. Green Tomato Jam
Do you have green tomatoes in your garden? Is a frost heading your direction? Don’t panic and don’t let the tomatoes go to waste.
Instead, pull out this recipe for green tomato jam. It requires green tomatoes and a few basic pantry staples to make a lovely jam you’ll enjoy all year long.
If you needed jam and jelly inspiration, you now have over 40 different recipes to choose from. This should help you to utilize any type of excess harvest you have.
Plus, it should give you some added preserving experience if you’re new to the world of preserving food. Enjoy the jelly and jam recipes you choose and don’t forget to share your product with those around you. They’ll enjoy it too!