Quick and Easy Jams Perfect for Preserving Summer Fruit
It's tempting to gorge on the fresh fruits of summer, but you're gonna want to make those juicy flavors last through the year by preserving berries, plums, rhubarb, and more. Yes, that process of "putting up" can seem daunting if you've never tackled it before. So, if you don't want to deal with sterilizing and sealing jars in a water bath, it's perfectly acceptable to store jam in the fridge for a few weeks or in the freezer for up to a year. Here are some of our top-rated quick and easy jams that make summer fruit taste extra special, even in the middle of January.
Strawberry Freezer Jam
"This strawberry freezer jelly is quick, easy, and delicious on toast, ice cream, or even in milkshakes! Keep jars of this in the freezer and take them out when you are ready to use them. Once thawed, they will last approximately one month in the refrigerator. If it lasts that long!" —JORDAN76
Easy Small-Batch Blueberry Jam
"Followed the recipe perfectly, and it turned out so yummy! When I first learned to make jams, my Grandmother gave me a hint that isn't mentioned here and I think it's important: When stirring the saucepan, you'll know when it's thickened just right when you can draw a line down the middle of the pan with the mixing spoon, and it takes a second for the jam to settle back in to place," Holly Peña says.
"This is the BEST jam I've ever had. It has so much flavor and it's not too sweet. I didn't use the cinnamon and allspice. I just wanted the basics, and it turned out great! I also used this jam in a cobbler recipe and it turned out great, too." —Liwelch
Pectin-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
"A sweet, tart, simple-to-make taste of summer that can be enjoyed year-round, with no added pectin." — yankeeinthesouth
"I love to save money, especially with my big family. So making my own jams and jellies is a favorite hobby of mine to share with my kids. This jam is not only fun to make, but it is also very delicious. There's nothing like your own fresh jam on toasted Italian bread," Megan says.
"Depending on how fresh your plums are is what determines the amount of sugar you need. As they ripen more they tend to lose some of their sweetness, therefore needing more sugar. I live in a small part of Alaska, and we tend to get fruit that is near the end of its shelf life. For fresh plums, I would suggest adding only 6 - 6 1/2 cups of sugar." —DelightfulDines
"I have tried making and canning three different recipes for peach preserves and this is by far our favorite. I love that you don't peel the peaches, it made it much easier to prepare and the skins added a lovely rosy color to the preserves. Also, since they are diced instead of sliced, they seem to hold their shape a little better and not all float to the top of the jar." —ScottFamily
No-Sugar Raspberry Jam
"I developed this recipe for a friend who has diabetes. She complained that most diabetic jams had sweeteners added leaving a strange aftertaste. Fresh fruit, when in season, is naturally sweet. To make jam, you don't need to add sugar. A little agar-agar and lemon will help the cooked fruit thicken to make a spreadable fruit for toast, sandwiches, or cheeses." —Buckwheat Queen
"I followed the recipe pretty closely. I wasn’t sure how much of the peel to add, but it turned out nicely. I did use an immersion blender to mash it. I’m happy with the results. Did a second batch and added jalapeños and cranberries that I needed to use up," Tom Butler says.
Strawberry Fig Preserves
"Everyone thinks these are strawberry preserves. No one has a clue they are made with figs! You can even use different flavors of gelatin, like peach or raspberry. Since this recipe makes so little, you could skip the hot water bath and refrigerate the jars of preserves," Paula says.
Mamma K's Fig Preserves with a Twist
"It turned super thick for us super quick. I overcooked mine so I thinned it out with sweet vermouth. Everyone loved this jam!" —Arizona Desert Flower
Fresh Papaya Jam
"Yummy! I didn't have any orange juice, so I used lime in its place. I really liked the different flavor." —WarTater
"A wonderful watermelon preserve that will keep the flavor of summer handy all year. Great on toast or English muffins," Lesa Caruso.
Apricot Lavender Jam
"My trick to infuse the lavender aroma into the jam is to process a portion of the sugar with the lavender," recipe creator nch says.
Raspberry Habanero Jam
"This jam is delicious poured over a block of cream cheese and served with crackers. The heat from the peppers and the sweetness of the sugar and berries complement each other perfectly. A simple and unique appetizer or game-day snack. This jam is wonderful on top of vanilla ice cream, too!" —Chokolate911