Is it canning season where you are? Well, if so, you are in for a treat. I have collected some of the best jam and jelly recipes to put up all that wonderful fruit. Even if you do not grow it yourself, you can definitely enjoy these fun jam and jelly recipes through the winter.
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If you are like and have never heard of a chokecherry, it is definitely a fruit worth checking out. This great recipe from the Prairie Homestead is delicious!
As a native Texan, I enjoy a good jalapeño. Its spicy but also pretty sweet and goes on just about anything. I’ve made blackberry jalapeño jam before but I am excited to try this one. The tangy heat from the jalapeño adds the perfect depth! Yum!
Plums grow wild around here. We have several on the property where I work. They’re usually smaller and tarter, which makes them perfect for jam. I always appreciate a good jam recipe with some spice!
One of the more successful plants on my homestead are the melons and squashes. Particularly had a great time with watermelons and muskmelon. Making jelly to preserve the melons is a great way to keep that summer flavor through the winter. Try this one out from Creative Homemaking.
If you are like me, you definitely have a dandelion growing somewhere on your property. Many people consider them a weed but a weed is only a plant in a place you don’t want so really just plant them where you do! They have some great health benefits and make a scrumptious jelly, good to spread on any toast.
Loquat is a fun fruit to grow. Also known as “Asian plum” it is a tropical evergreen that produces small peach like stone fruits that are very tasty. This jam recipe adds a fun vanilla twist to this unusual fruit.
You could probably try this with hardy kiwis you can grow yourself. I love the tart tanginess of kiwi and the sweetness of strawberries. Definitely a keeper.
One of the most successful plants I have been able to grow is cantaloupe. My first year I grew 9 without much effort! However, my family didn’t eat them quickly. I froze most but did not find this recipe in time!
This year was extremely successful with cucumbers and my family can only handle so many pickles. I had never heard of cucumber jelly but it sounds intriguing. Mmmmm…cucumber jelly is the best idea!
You probably are not growing the makings of rootbeer. Though if you are, awesome! If not, this is just an adventurous jelly recipe that’s a great gift. Try it out!
What jam and jelly recipes do you enjoy? You can see other great jam and jelly recipes. If you want to try to grow some of these great fruits, check out some great alternative fruits for your homestead and eat your home grown goodies throughout the year.
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