There are few things that I love more than fresh fruit jams and jellies. I spend a lot of my summer making my own canned jellies and freezer jams so that we can enjoy their goodness all year long. That said, I thought that maybe you would enjoy making your own jellies and jams this year and so I gathered a collection of 30 homemade fruit jam and jelly recipes that you are definitely going to want to make this season.
Whether you grow your own fruits or you visit your local farmer’s market to support your local community, you can turn those delicious fruits into some of the most amazing jellies and jams. And, these aren’t just traditional strawberry jam and grape jelly recipes, there are some tasty and unique recipes in here! Have you ever tried homemade canned peach butter? How about crabapple jelly or crockpot cranberry jam? If you love unique tastes, you are going to adore some of these recipes. And, while you are busily preserving those summer fruits, take a look at these 25 frugal homemade baby food recipes that you can make with your summer harvest, too.
I seriously just can’t get enough of homemade jams and jellies. If you are planning to can these, you don’t even need a pressure cooker. Jellies and jams can be preserved in a water bath canner , which is a lot easier and a bit safer than a pressure canner. You could also do freezer jams for many of these and freezer jam is just as delicious as canned jam. And speaking of great freezer recipes, you really should check out these more than 200 freezer meals that will definitely save you time in the kitchen.
1. Homemade Apple Jelly
Apple jelly is one of my favorites and this homemade apple jelly will soon be yours. Not only is this one easy to make, it utilizes all of the apple so there isn’t any waste. You use everything but the seeds! Five pounds of apples yields about six half pints of jelly, so this is a great recipe for storing up for the winter. Even if you don’t have apple trees, this is a pretty inexpensive jelly to make and did I mention how delicious it is!
2. Easy Homemade Apple Butter
Is there anything better in the morning than some homemade apple butter on a hot homemade biscuit? If you love apple butter then you are going to adore this recipe. This homemade apple butter is about as easy to make as they come and you make it in the crock pot. You know how much I love my easy crock pot recipes! The recipe fills about four half pint jars, so you can store some up for the winter or make a few to give as gifts to family and friends.
3. Yummy Homemade Blackberry Jelly
I was thrilled when we moved recently and I gained access to so many blackberry bushes. I love blackberry cobbler and blackberry jelly – and this homemade blackberry jelly recipe is definitely at the top of my list for summer canning. This is such an easy recipe and only calls for four ingredients…blackberries, sugar, lemon juice and water. This is a great one for preserving for winter or enjoying just as soon as it’s ready.
4. Simple Homemade Blueberry Preserves
This fresh blueberry preserves recipe doesn’t require pectin and it is super easy to make. Just 10 cups of fresh blueberries, along with sugar, salt, lemon zest and lemon juice will give you nine half pint jars of preserves. This recipe is specifically for canning so your preserves are instantly ready for winter storage. These make wonderful homemade gifts for friends and family or you could just save them all and have yummy fresh preserves all year long. These preserves taste as good as homemade blueberry pie!
5. Bluberry Pomegranate Jelly
I really love the taste of pomegranate and this pomegranate jelly looks absolutely divine. Pomegranate has so many healthy properties – just imagine having a hot biscuit and jelly that is good for you! I found this one on Etsy but if you grow pomegranates or tend to buy them somewhat in bulk, you could use a standard fruit jelly recipe to make this one and probably get several pints from one batch. Or, you could just grab a jar of this one for $5.
6. Old Fashioned Dandelion Jelly
I remember picking dandelions as a kid – my parents would eat them with hot grease sort of like greens. I also remember the sweet taste of yummy dandelion jelly. If you have fond memories like that – or even if you don’t – you are going to love this homemade dandelion jelly. Dandelion jelly tastes sort of like honey and it is really easy to make. Plus, you make it with dandelions that are probably growing in your yard right now – talk about putting “weeds” to good use!
7. So Simple Two Ingredient Grape Jam
This delicious grape jam only has two ingredients…grapes and sugar! If you grow your own grapes, this is a great way to preserve a few of them for winter. Even if you don’t grow grapes, you can make quite a large batch of this with just a couple of pounds of grapes so it’s not at all expensive. And, you can make this with any type of grape that you do grow, it’s a very versatile recipe.
8. Home Canned Peach Butter
I love peach butter just as much as I do apple butter, and I really love how easy this recipe makes it to make and can. If you have a peach tree or two, this is definitely a recipe that you will want to keep on hand. The recipe makes four pints or eight half pints of delicious peach butter. This is great for breakfast or you could make up a batch to give out at Christmas in baskets with homemade breads.
9. Homemade Fig Preserves
If you grow figs then this is a great recipe for you. I never knew what to do with fig trees once that fruit started coming in. This is a tasty way to preserve some of those fruits and it’s a really simple recipe. Fig preserves are delicious on toast or biscuits and they look so pretty in the jars. These would be great to give out during the holidays with some homemade cookies or other gifts in a jar.
10. Easy Homemade Ginger Preserves
This homemade ginger preserves recipe only takes a few minutes to prep and then about an hour and a half to cook. If you love the taste of ginger, these preserves are perfect for you. The recipe only makes one batch so you will need to adjust it if you want to make some to give away. Once it’s ready, you just store it in an airtight container in the fridge and it keeps for several weeks.
11. Delicious Homemade Mint Jelly
Mint jelly is great during the holidays – you can pour it over a block of cream cheese and serve it with crackers at your holiday parties. Or, just make up a batch to enjoy with your toast in the mornings. This one is so easy to make and gives you gives you a pretty big batch of jellies to store for the winter months. You make this with mint leaves, which you can get from your herb garden!
12. Homemade Cranberry Crockpot Jam
Did you know that you could use your crockpot to make homemade jam? Honestly, my crockpot is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. It can do so many things, including making this yummy cranberry jam. It takes about an hour to get this one ready to cook and then the crockpot does all of the hard work for you. You just transfer the jelly into jars when it’s done and let them set overnight to seal. I just love fast and easy crockpot recipes!
13. Tasty Homemade Wild Plum Jelly
If you have ever been lucky enough to find wild plums, you know how delicious they are. Did you know that you can make jelly from them? This wild plum jelly is super easy to make and it’s the perfect jelly to accompany your toast and coffee in the morning. If you don’t have access to wild plums – which are much smaller than regular plums – then you can also use cherries with this recipe.
14. Honeysuckle Jelly
Honeysuckle jelly has such a unique taste and it is really easy to make. Honeysuckle is so readily available here in the South and the bushes have so many flowers! This particular recipe makes seven half pint jars, which is plenty for your winter jelly storage. You will need to gather some honeysuckle flowers, about four
cups of them to be exact. You also need sugar, pectin, lemon juice and water to make this one.
15. Homemade Lemon Jam
You have heard of orange marmalade right? How about lemon jam? This yummy jam puts all of the goodness of lemonade into something that you can spread on your toast! You only need four lemons to make this one, although it does only make enough for one batch. You can easily adjust it to make more, though. This is a great one to put into a gift basket for anyone you know who loves lemon.
16. Mayhaw Jelly
Here in the South we have what are known as mayhaw trees. These trees produce these small berries that sort of resemble cherries but with a much different flavor. You can use those berries to make the most amazing jellies. If you don’t live in an area where mayhaw trees grow, you can order the berries online. I found this amazing mayhaw jelly on Etsy and it’s just $13 for two 16 ounce jars, but if you have a tree you can use a standard jelly recipe to make it yourself.
17. Easy Homemade Muscadine Jelly
If you love the flavor of muscadine wine – and I mean the grape flavor, not the alcohol flavor – then you will really love the flavor of this homemade muscadine jelly. Muscadines have such a rich color and taste. They are perfect for making red grape jelly and this particular recipe is super easy. This one makes six pints or 12 half pints and all you need to make it is fresh muscadine juice, sugar and pectin.
18. Homemade Orange Marmalade
Orange marmalade is so yummy on toast and you can make your own with this easy to follow recipe. It only takes four medium sized oranges to get six half pint jars of this marmalade. This gives you canning instructions so your marmalade will be ready for storage until winter. And it’s a relatively quick recipe that won’t take you all day in the kitchen to complete.
19. Easy Peach Jelly
If you prefer jellies to jams and butters, this easy peach jelly is a must. This recipe makes nine half pint jars and you only need six cups of chopped peaches to make it. You also need sugar, pectin, lemon juice and a few other ingredients. This jelly is wonderful on toast or biscuits and nine jars gives you plenty to store away for winter, plus a few jars to give to your family and friends.
20. Yummy Homemade Pumpkin Butter
I used this recipe a few years ago to make pumpkin butter and it has been one of my favorites ever since. This is a super simple one to follow and it makes delicious pumpkin butter. If you have never tried pumpkin butter, now is your chance. You make this with pumpkin puree in a can, or you can make your own puree if you grow your own pumpkins and then use that to make it.
21. Simple Two Ingredient Raspberry Jam
This raspberry jam recipe only calls for two ingredients – frozen raspberries and sugar. Note, if you are growing your own raspberries then you can use those, as well. You cook this one over the stove so your frozen raspberries are going to thaw anyway, so you could just as easily use fresh ones and even give it a fresher taste if you do.
22. Rose Petal Jelly
There are so many wonderful things that you can use to make jelly. You don’t even have to have fruit trees! You can make this yummy rose petal jelly or lavender jelly if you happen to grow your own roses or lavender. I thought that these were so unique and offer such wonderful flavors. If you aren’t really up to making your own flower jellies, just check out these that I found on Etsy. You get your choice of flavors for under $13 each.
23. Quick And Easy Peach Refrigerator Jam
This is a great recipe to use if you only want to make up a small batch of peach jam. You store this in the refrigerator when it’s finished and it will keep for several weeks at a time. You can use all of the peaches, including the skins in this one, too so there is no waste. I love a recipe that lets me use the entire fruit! And, peach jam is so yummy on everything from scones to toast.
24. Strawberry And Honey Freezer Jam
Freezer jams are super easy to make and give you a wonderful way to preserve your jams for up to a year or more. This particular strawberry freezer jam recipe also includes honey, which gives it a wonderfully unique flavor. It actually uses honey instead of sugar so you get more of the natural taste of the strawberries in a healthier jam than traditional recipes that have added sugar. And it’s one of those foods that are perfectly safe to store in the freezer.
25. Strawberry Mango Jam
This strawberry mango jam recipe makes enough to fill one half pint jar. It’s a delicious twist on traditional strawberry jam and the recipe is really easy to follow. Aside from a cup of chopped strawberries, you also need sugar, lime juice and a cup of chopped mango to make this one. It’s a wonderfully flavored jam and super simple to make – plus it’s a wonderful flavor for summer.
26. Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
I love strawberry rhubarb cobbler, and this jam looks like it would carry that same wonderful flavor. Growing rhubarb is super easy and it gives you so many wonderful recipe options. This one uses a pound of rhubarb stalks, a pound of strawberries and sugar to make the most delectable jam you have ever tasted. You can preserve this one in a water bath canner or just keep it in the fridge for up to a month.
27. Watermelon Jelly
Watermelon jelly is super easy to make and has the most wonderful flavor. This recipe only calls for a couple of cups of watermelon, which you could easily get from just one melon. You get eight four ounce jars from it, too. You will have that yummy taste of watermelon all year long with this one and it’s a pretty jelly when it’s canned, so it’s perfect for giving out as gifts to friends and family.
28. Wild Berry Jelly
If you have access to wild berries like gooseberries, elderberries or chokecherries, you can use those to make wonderfully flavored jellies. Use just one berry or combine them for mixed fruit jellies. I love these that I found on Etsy. You have your choice of nine different flavors and they are just $4.50 for an eight ounce jar. If you love wild berries, you are going to love wild berry jellies!
29. Homemade Cantaloupe Jelly
Cantaloupe jelly has such a gorgeous color and it is a delicious jelly that is great on everything from toast to biscuits. This recipe is so easy to make and you only need four cups of chopped cantaloupe to make it. It only takes about 10 minutes to prep and then another j20 minutes or so to cook. You can store this one in the fridge for several weeks…although I expect that your family will eat it up long before that!
30. Wine Jellies
Yes, you can use that old bottle of wine in the fridge to make your own jelly! You just need two cups of any sweet fruit wine, along with sugar and liquid pectin. Don’t worry about serving this one, you cook the alcohol out of your wine so it’s perfectly safe to serve to children and teetotalers. Serve your homemade wine jelly on biscuits, toast, crackers or whatever you would normally eat jelly on. Then you can use the empty bottle for any number of wine bottle crafts.