A pitcher of pink lemonade on a hot summer day can bring near instant gratification, but canning pink lemon curd will allow you to enjoy summery flavor in January, when a 90-degree day would be a welcome change from winter.
'Preserves' on Serious Eats
Raspberry and rose are a natural combination, and not just in grandma's yard. Dried petals from rose tea soften in the juice of red raspberries. The result is this jewel-toned jam, a balance of sweet, tart, and floral flavors perfectly suited to your next batch of scones or shortbread for afternoon tea.
Perfectly ripe, raw peaches eaten over the sink, juice dripping down my arm—it's probably my favorite activity of summer. I prefer the fruit in this ideal state, but I'll eat peaches in just about any form throughout their glorious season. Once the summer is over, though, I usually stop with the peach frenzy for fear of encountering stringy, mushy, or bland fruit. Now that I've got my hands on Southern Living's Little Jars, Big Flavors—a book with plenty of recipes for peach preserves—I'll be able to enjoy peaches all the way through the colder months, too.
I am not usually one for "semi-homemade" anything, but I take exception for one of the best hors d'oeurves of all time: store-bought pepper jelly slathered atop a block of cream cheese. The spicy sweetness of the jelly is a perfect match for the cool and tangy cheese, and it spreads gracefully atop many a cracker. But I'm willing to class up my act with some homemade jelly, and this verdant jalapeño and green bell pepper recipe from Southern Living's Little Jars, Big Flavors works even better than my usual grocery store grab.
In my Berkeley neighborhood this time of year, plums are falling from trees, staining the sidewalks, and making up a huge part of my fruit intake. This massive influx of plums means it is the perfect time to turn the quickly ripening fruit into jam. This cardamom-plum version in Southern Living's Little Jars, Big Flavors is an elegant extension of a basic recipe.
Crystallized ginger melts into this tart raspberry-rhubarb jam, providing unexpected hints of heat and spice. The flavors are big and bold, so it would work best with straightforward baked goods that won't compete.
The tart flavors of this jam make it a perfect compliment to sweet breads, cakes, and other desserts. Try it spooned over vanilla ice cream or swirled into rice pudding.
This sweet, tart, herbaceous jam pairs well with hearty whole grain breads and bran muffins or can be used as a glaze for pork.
Untoasted walnuts have a creaminess that works especially well in this nut butter. Sweet white chocolate, hints of vanilla and cinnamon, and just a bit fleur de sel make for a spread that is worthy of a special occasion.
Pears, almonds, and chocolate come together in this sweet breakfast-or-midnight-snack spread.
Campari lends a bitter touch to a fresh marmalade made from seasonal Mandarin oranges and a touch of lemon verbena.
This Bellini jam is a perfect combination of sweet peaches and zippy champagne. Smooth with a touch of bite, it cures what ails you.
It's not often that you can call a jam 'classy,' but adding champagne makes that possible. Ginger adds a warm layer to a tart-sweet jam that's delicious in myriad applications.
This is a rich, festive holiday jam with a pronounced red wine flavor. Try it with cheese, hearty whole-grain breads, or as a filling for thumbprint or sandwich cookies.
An all natural pear preserve sweetened with concentrated fruit juice.
I like sweet-tart jams, and this marmalade is one of the best I've tried. Tart orange accepts a sweet hug from bright-red pomegranate, and the whole thing is given a nice, boozy kiss from the addition of a touch of tequila.
Sweet strawberries are always the life of the party, and we've invited tart cranberries as well, making for a bright red taste explosion. This jam is ultra flavorful, and it will cause your sun-starved salivary glands to kick into high gear.
The sweet-tart tang of oranges and lemons adore a touch of zing from ginger paste. This festive colored jam is perfect for Halloween, complete with spooky (and tasty!) black sesame seeds.
Highlighting the sweet freshness of autumn figs and pears, this jam is a fall favorite. Tart orange provides a touch of zip, while just a hint of cinnamon adds warmth for those shorter, cooler evenings.
A simple mango chutney and some tart aged cheddar might seem like an unlikely combination, but the sweet acidity of the chutney and the saltiness of the cheddar come together to make a sandwich that satisfies both sweet and salty urges in each bite.