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7 Summer Preserve Recipes Easy Enough for Beginners

I’ve been canning and preserving with my parents for as long as I can remember. Over time I’ve learned a lot about the nuances of making jams, jellies, pickles, and more. However, if you haven’t done it before, it can be intimidating. Preserving typically means boiling produce at a high temperature, adding it to a glass jar, and boiling it again. There are lots of ways it could go wrong, and I’ve heard lots of people tell me that they don’t even want to bother trying lest they end up wasting food and time. To gently nudge you toward not giving up on trying, I’ve assembled a few awesome and easy preserve recipes that are great for first-timers. The recipes are, I think, exceptionally well-written and not intimidating in any way. Take a look through, pick something you want to try, and go for it!

Strawberry Freezer Jam 1 of 7
Take the guesswork out of jam gelling and make freezer jam. This foolproof method yields delicious, sweet, strawberry jam every single time.

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Photo by: Jane Maynard
Slow Cooker Blueberry Butter 2 of 7
If you have a slow cooker, you can make this blueberry butter. It is the simplest method and yields a perfect fruity spread every single time. Once you get the basic recipe down, try adding pinches of spice and fruit zest to add even more flavor.

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Photo by: Kelsey Banfield
Skillet Strawberry Vanilla Jam 3 of 7
This is a fabulous recipe for first-time jam makers. You don't need a lot of fruit and you can just concentrate on perfecting your technique by making one small batch at a time.

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Photo by: Julie VR
Quick Dill Pickles 4 of 7
If you've ever thought pickles were hard to make, think again. These easy refrigerator pickles come together quickly and taste better than anything you'd ever find at the store. If you are new to making pickles, this is the perfect recipe to start with. They'll come out great every time!

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Photo by: An Edible Mosaic
Pickled Green Beans 5 of 7
Pickles aren't just made with cucumbers. Try your hand at pickling green beans, and you'll be shocked at how easy it is. These crunchy green treats are perfect for summer salads or storing until winter.

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Photo by: Shaina Olmanson
Slow Cooker Apple Butter 6 of 7
This simple slow cooker butter jam is so easy to make with your big basket of freshly picked apples. The foolproof recipe will yield glorious silky apple butter that is great for gifting or just stashing in your pantry.

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Photo by: Stacie Billis
Vanilla Spiced Peach Jam 7 of 7
If the Frugal Foodie Mama can make this peach jam her second time canning, so can you. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to pull off. Once you make one batch, you'll want to start right in on making the next!

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Photo by: Frugal Foodie Mama
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