There are a few delicious ways to let summer fruit live on year-round, but my favorite is homemade jam and jelly. What's not to love about this thick, sweet spread, layered over toast or swirled through your yogurt and oats? I'll tell you: nothing.
Leave the store-bought stuff for another time. Now is the season to load up on ripe summer fruit, and use these 10 recipes to stock your kitchen with homemade preserves.
1. How To Make Fruit Jam: This small-batch recipe is quicker and easier than you'd expect. Pick your favorite fruit, and get cooking. The entire process, from cutting the fruit to spooning the cooked jam into a jar, takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
2. Apricot-Vanilla Bean Jam: Flecked with real vanilla bean, this brilliantly hued apricot jam is summertime in a jar — and it makes the most beautiful edible gift.
3. Triple-Berry Quick Jam: Quick jam isn't quite as thick as jelly, but its thinner consistency makes it the ideal candidate for your morning yogurt, oatmeal, or ice cream.
4. How To Make Easy Chia Jam with Any Fruit: Using the gelling power of these tiny little seeds, you can transform a few cups of ripe fruit into a low-sugar, spreadable, spoonable jam in about 20 minutes.
5. Blackberry Chia Jam: Thickened with just chia seeds, this quick jam is one of our favorite ways to take advantage of sweet summer blackberries.
6. Wild Plum Jam: Simply put, this jam is like summer in a jar. And while you'll certainly enjoy it now, you'll really appreciate it come winter.
7. Peach, Plum, and Ginger Jam: With just five ingredients, this quick-cooking refrigerator jam seems like it might be too good to be true — but it's totally not.
8. Quick and Easy Gooseberry Jam: This ultra-easy jam is the kind of stuff that reminds you just how quick and easy a small batch of jam can be.
9. 3-Day Apricot Jam: When you can't spend the whole day in the kitchen to make a large batch of jam, this three-day method is really great.
10. Strawberry Thyme Jam: This combination of strawberries, honey, thyme and a small squirt of lemon juice is such a delight. However, if you don't have easy access to thyme, know that rosemary or lavender both make wonderful substitutions.