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8 Ways to Turn Your Summer Fruit into Winter Jam

I grew up down the street from a peach farm (actually it’s still there and we still buy their peaches). My mom would buy a box of pretty ones for eating and a box of tattered and bruised ones for turning into cobbler and jam. I carry on this tradition by hitting up my local farmers market for bargains by purchasing fruit that needs to be used up immediately. You know, those bruised peaches and very ripe berries. The sellers will often just get rid of them by the day’s end, so I offer to take those unwanted fruits off their hands and turn them into jams for the winter blues, and they always give me a great deal.


  • Small Batch Vanilla Bean Strawberry jam 1 of 9
    Small Batch Vanilla Bean Strawberry jam
    You don't need a ton of fruit to make jam, and this recipe proves it. All you need is 4 cups of strawberries, and for some added depth of flavor, a vanilla bean.
    Make your own vanilla bean strawberry jam
  • Jam Without a Recipe 2 of 9
    Jam Without a Recipe
    This is a very helpful post for those with a fear of making jam. Julie demystifies the process and explains how to make any type of fruit jam without using a recipe. She even turns the mistakes into positives for example, if your batch comes out too runny, now it's a syrup for ice cream or pancakes.
    Make your own jam without a recipe
  • Apricot Vanilla Jam 3 of 9
    Apricot Vanilla Jam
    For the apricots that you had hoped to eat fresh but are on their last leg, make sure to use them in this jam. Keep in mind you will need 2 lbs of fresh apricots. While the author was warned about a reduction in sugar resulting in unset jam, but she did it anyway and her jam turned out fine.
    Get the recipe for Apricot vanilla jam at Chef In You
  • Peach Freezer Jam 4 of 9
    Peach Freezer Jam
    This recipe can be made with no sugar or up to 3 cups to go along with the 2 lbs of peaches. Also, this is freezer jam which means you don't have to boil the jars; you just let them sit out for about 24 hours, then pop them in the freezer until you are ready to use.
    Get the recipe peach freezer jam at Eating Well
  • Double-berry Freezer Jam 5 of 9
    Double-berry Freezer Jam
    I have to admit, I've never combined berries for one jam. This recipe calls for strawberries and blueberries, the perfect pairing. I must try this.
    Get the recipe for double berry freezer jam at My Recipes
  • Blueberry-lemon Honey Jam 6 of 9
    Blueberry-lemon Honey Jam
    This recipe is going to require a blueberry sale as it calls for 11 cups of them. Good thing blueberry season is right around the corner! The addition of sugar and honey with lemon zest will even out the flavors.
    Get the recipe for blueberry lemon honey jam at Driscolls
  • No-recipe Cherry Jam 7 of 9
    No-recipe Cherry Jam
    David Lebovitz does it again with another delicious concoction while giving you the confidence to go at without a proper recipe.
    Get the recipe for no recipe cherry jam at David Lebovitz
  • Blackberry or Raspberry Jam 8 of 9
    Blackberry or Raspberry Jam
    Head to the farmers market and find the better deal, raspberries or blackberries, and choose your main ingredient. You will only need 2 cups. This is a refrigerator jam, so it may not make it through the winter. If that's your goal, then store it in a jar in the freezer.
    Get the recipe for blackberry or raspberry jam at Savory Sweet Life
  • How To Make Bacon Jam 9 of 9
    How To Make Bacon Jam
    Yes, I know this is not a summer fruit, but I had to include it because it's bacon jam. Bacon jam people!
    Make your own Bacon Jam

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