Slideshow: Top 10 Preserves for Spring and Summer

1. Strawberry Balsamic Thyme Jam
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.

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2. Blueberry Maple Pecan Conserve
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.

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3. Bourbon Peach Jam
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.

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5. Blueberry Orange Ginger Jam
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.

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6. Strawberry Lemon Curd
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.

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7. Tomato Jam
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.

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9. Peach Melba Jam
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.

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10. Rhubarb Strawberry Jam
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.

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