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How to Make Awesome Jam From Fresh Plums

Before this summer, I never really understood just how overwhelming a bounty of fruit can be. But that was before I was faced with a tree that dropped five pounds of plums per day into my backyard. As you can imagine, I got quite a bit of practice at making jam. This is a summary of what I learned, along with some step-by-step instructions on how to make it yourself with your own plums (or plums from the farmers market or supermarket). More

Jam-Making 101: How to Select the Best Fruit

The first step in making good jam is knowing how to select the best fruit. In the case of jam, though, that doesn't necessarily mean the ripest fruit. In the first part in this jam-making series, we look at how to buy the best possible fruit for jam, with a recipe for summertime blueberry jam as a delicious example. More

Summer Blueberry Jam

This delicious blueberry jam made from in-season summer blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice couldn't be more simple to make. The key is to select the best berries: Namely, a mixture that includes mostly just-ripe berries with a few under-ripe berries as well. More

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

This rosy jam captures all the joy of springtime into what may be the most perfect preserve of the year. This is a low-sugar jam with a loose texture. It's especially nice swirled into plain yogurt or spread over fresh goat cheese on toast. More

Preserved: What's the Deal With Fruit Butters?

As far as preserving goes, fruit butters are an ideal place for a beginner to start. They require no fussy or preserving-specific equipment, and there's no guesswork of whether they've reached a set or not. You'll see them made with cherries, peaches, pumpkin, nectarines, and even berries, but the be-all of fruit butters is apple. More

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