Jam, Jelly, and Pickle Recipes: Quicker and Easier Ways to Preserve
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Just in time for the late-summer harvest, here’s a pantryful of simplified recipes for jams, jellies, and pickles that will save you from standing over a steamy stove all day.See Our Complete Guide to Making Preserves and Pickling
Basic Jelly Recipe
Made by simmering and straining fruit, jelly gets its glossy translucence and silken texture from fresh juice. We used the smallest amount of sugar that would still allow the mixtures to set (thanks to a reaction among the sugar, acid, and naturally occurring pectin in the fruit).
A combination of McIntosh and Granny Smith apples (including skins and cores!) gives this jelly its well-balanced flavor and slight blush.
Choose Concord grapes to get that classic grape jelly flavor, but any variety will fit the bill for this recipe.
The skins of sweet-tart plums are what give this jelly its jewel tone.
Pepper jelly is a spicy-sweet match for soft cheeses, such as goat or Camembert (or even cream cheese) -- especially when served atop crackers or crostini. You can also use the jelly as a glaze for chicken or pork: Melt it, then brush it on the meat before roasting or after grilling.
Basic Jam Recipe
Unlike jelly, jam contains pieces of fruit -- in fact, it's not much more than the fruit cooked down with sugar until it becomes thick and spreadable. Like jellies, jams freeze beautifully, so you can enjoy the taste of summer long after the season is gone.
Two fruits are better than one! The combination of sweet, juicy nectarines and tart red raspberries make a spectacular jam.
Another dynamic duo, peaches and plums strike the perfect balance between sweet and tart, all in a lovely purple package.
Pickled Cherry Tomatoes
Perfumed with rosemary, these juicy little morsels are a stunning accompaniment to a cheese plate or an antipasti platter.
Pickled Chile Cauliflower
Use any kind of fresh chiles that you fancy to give a hint of heat to pickled cauliflower.
Pickled Onions and Peppers
Pickled Green Tomatoes
The peppery bite of radishes stands up nicely to the pucker of pickling brine. Serve these with grilled-cheese sandwiches for a grown-up take on comfort food.
Pickled Spicy Carrots
Layer these spicy, crunchy carrots on a baguette with grilled meat, cilantro, cucumber, and a smear of mayo for a shortcut version of a banh mi sandwich.
Pickled Tarragon Beans
Step up your Bloody Mary game by skewering a few of these tender-crunchy beans as a garnish.
Sweet-Pickled Shaved Golden Beets
Sweet-Pickled Cucumber Chips
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget the cucumber pickles. These sweet pickle chips are good enough to rival Grandma's recipe -- and easier, too!