If you ask us, there are few things quite as satisfying as waking up and enjoying a few pieces of toast smothered in deliciously sweet fruit jam. It might be a simple meal, but the taste of a really great jam is worth sacrificing notions of gourmet cooking (plus, we love that it’s quick and easy before work)! In fact, the only thing we can think of that’s better than grabbing the jar of our favourite jam brand and slathering it on toast that’s still warm… is being able to use jam that we actually made ourselves.
If you’ve never tried making your own jam, then you’re about to discover a whole new world of flavour! Here are 15 absolutely mouth watering homemade jam, jelly, and marmalade recipes to get you started.
1. Homemade strawberry jam
Let’s start off with the basics! After all, who doesn’t love a good, classic strawberry jam? It’s the quintessential flavour, hitting the mark between sweet and tart just perfectly. It’ll be especially on point when you learn how to make your own, using this recipe from Chef Mom as a guide and playing around with ingredient levels from there to suit your tastes as you learn.
2. Homemade freezer jam
If you’ve already spent some time browsing through different jam recipes before this then you’re probably already aware that the traditional process of making your own jam isn’t necessarily quick. That’s why The Idea Room wrote this tutorial for making a faster version that’s just as good, even if it doesn’t quite have the classic wholesome feeling of the actual jam making process like you did with your grandma when you were a kid. These ten minute freezer jam recipes will still get you all the delicious flavour you need even when you’re in a time crunch.
3. Homemade peach jam
Where we come from, one of the absolute best seasonal fruits to get in the summer, right around this time of year, is the Ontario peach. When they’re ripe in the high summer, peaches are fragrant, juicy, and so delicious that our mouths are practically watering while we write this! That’s why we were so excited when we came across this delicious peach jame recipe from Hip Paris. The fruit they used in their tutorial was French, of course, because they’re based in Paris, but the process is the same and your jam will taste stellar no matter where you’re living or where your peaches were grown.
4. Ten minute tart cranberry jam
Were you intrigued by the quick-fix ten minute jam recipes we just showed you above but they just didn’t have a flavour combination that quite held your attention long enough to convince you to make it? In that case, we present an alternative idea for your consideration! Cupcake Project guides you through a similar quick freeze jam making process, but shows you how to make a mouth wateringly unique flavour using juicy tart cranberries instead of more typical “jam” fruits and berries. This recipe is certainly still sweet, but it’ll give your toast a kick too!