1. Strawberry Balsamic Thyme Jam
I created this jam on a whim. Someone had given me a fancy bottle of aged balsamic vinegar, I had leftover thyme in the fridge, and I had picked up a few boxes of strawberries at the Farmers Market. My favorite way to eat it is over slices of grilled bread slathered with ricotta.
2. Blueberry Maple Pecan Conserve
Halfway between a jam and a sauce, this conserve is perfect over pancakes, waffles, and French toast. I love the tart-sweet flavor combination of blueberries and maple syrup and the crunchy bits of pecans.
3. Bourbon Peach Jam
This Southern-inspired jam combines ripe, juicy peaches with a devilish dose of bourbon. I still have a few jars left and I can't wait to try it over bacon biscuits.
4. Plum Conserve
This no-added-pectin conserve is simmered slowly until it jells together and the flavors blend. I love the combination of plums, golden raisins, and walnuts. Try it stirred into yogurt or as a sweet accompaniment to grilled pork.
5. Blueberry Orange Ginger Jam
Fresh and ground ginger add a double dose of spiciness to this blueberry jam, and the orange zest adds just a hint of citrus. I love it with banana and zucchini bread.
6. Strawberry Lemon Curd
For an unexpected—and decidedly summery—twist, try swapping this strawberry-infused lemon curd for the more traditional version the next time you bake a lemon meringue pie. This super simple recipe comes together in minutes.
7. Tomato Jam
Jams can be savory as well as sweet! This savory spread with hints of ginger, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes, is perfect on a BLT or grilled cheese sandwich.
8. Raspberry Rhubarb Jello Jam
This is a great recipe for first time jammers and cooks with kids. The not-so-secret ingredient? A packet of raspberry Jell-O.
9. Peach Melba Jam
Peach melba is a classic dessert comprised of vanilla ice cream, fresh peaches, and raspberry sauce. Spoon it over wedges of simple butter cake.
10. Rhubarb Strawberry Jam
This jam reverses the usual strawberry-rhubarb ratio and puts rhubarb in the driver's seat. Its gorgeous, pale pink hue makes it perfect for gift giving. Loosen it in a pot over low heat on the stove and use it as a topping for ice cream.