The summer season has come and gone, leaving a bounty of ripe, fragrant fruit in its wake. Instead of letting such a beautiful harvest go to waste, try making your own fresh fruit jam or preserves. You’ll find that the process is really not as hard as you may think – and you’ll continue to savor the juicy sweetness of summer for months to come, long after the tank tops and flip flops have been packed away.
While there are plenty of tutorials online for how to make jam, we especially love this one from The Kitchn. It includes step-by-step photo instructions as well as useful tips. (For example: “Generally speaking, slightly underripe fruit contains more natural pectin than ripe fruit and ripe fruit is naturally higher in sugar and more developed in flavor. This means that, ideally, you want to have a mix of some underripe and some ripe fruit for your jam.”)
Whether you prefer classic berry or seasonal peach or plum, you’ll surely find homemade jam to be tastier and more cost-effective than store-bought. Making your own fruit jam is also a fun activity to help celebrate the end of summer.
Master the culinary art, and you’ll have a delicious collection of jams and jellies to enjoy year-round. Slather it on slices of your favorite gluten-free bread, or try one of these wonderful recipes:
Sunflower & Peach Jam Quinoa Donuts, Gazing In
Strawberry Jam Breakfast Quinoa, Tasty Kitchen
Almond and Quinoa Jam Filled Muffins, Whole Heartedly Healthy
Strawberry Quinoa Corn Cakes, Cooking Quinoa
Cinnamon Quinoa Pancakes with Blackberry Chia Jam, Wholehearted Eats
Strawberry Quinoa Oatmeal Bars, Hummusapien (pictured)
Blackberry & Blueberry Crumble Pie, The Whole Gang