Enjoy the peak flavor of fresh summer fruits and vegetables long past the season by preparing homemade jams, jellies, preserves, and pickles. Our collection of small-batch recipes includes easy pickles and jams that can be stored in the refrigerator, as well as canning instructions for longer storage.
This easy peach jam recipe preserves orchard-fresh flavor with nothing but sugar, lemon, and salt. The fresh peach jam can be refrigerated for up to two months.
Kirby cucumbers, sliced garlic, and chopped fresh dill add up to flavorful, crunchy pickles. This easy-to-make pickle recipe is from Bruce and Eric Bromberg's "Blue Ribbon Cookbook." Use the pickles as a topping for barbecued meat sandwiches or a simple snack for any time of day.
Sweet pickled watermelon rind is a delicious way to use up the rinds from summer's juicy melons. These pickles will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Serve this classic Southern favorite as an accompaniment to cheese and crackers, or enjoy it alongside a sandwich or hamburger.
Bright-hued sweet vegetable pickles are a welcome change from typical sandwich toppers. Paper-thin zucchini ribbons are tender-crisp. Be sure to let the brine cool completely before pouring it over the thinly sliced vegetables. If submerged in hot liquid, the zucchini will quickly turn soggy and won't retain its shape or texture during pickling.
Use sliced Kirby cucumbers or summer squash in these sweet-and-spicy bread-and-butter pickles. The picnic favorites are flavored with mustard and celery seed, black peppercorns, turmeric, and red-pepper flakes -- try them alongside your favorite sandwiches and barbecued meats. You'll be able to can three pint jars of pickles with this recipe.
This easy zucchini and onion pickle recipe is ready in a snap. Pour the spiced pickling mixture over the sliced vegetables, cool, refrigerate for three hours, and they are ready to eat. This is a great way to use your bumper crop of zucchini and summer squash. Serve these quick pickles with burgers or sandwiches.
Turning fresh blueberries into jam preserves the taste of summer throughout the year. Enjoy this berry spread on toast or muffins for breakfast or brunch. This easy jam can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or you can seal it in sterilized jars for up to six months.
This quick pickled okra recipe is ready in less than an hour. The okra pods are halved lengthwise and then prepared with a spicy brine flavored with pickling spice, cayenne pepper, and a fresh jalapeno chile. Serve this Southern specialty with seafood, sandwiches, or barbecue.