Have you ever tried to make jelly? I must confess, I’ve only tried to make it once, and that was when I was a child. If I remember correctly, the results were somewhat disastrous and we ended up burning the sugar. But after reading these recipes, I want to try again! All you need is just a few ingredients and a candy thermometer (digital is best).
Making your own jelly is the perfect way to use up an excess of fruit from your garden or anywhere else. Jelly and jam preserve well, and you can keep a canned jar of jelly for a year or more before it starts to go bad.
As a prepper, you can use your canning supplies and resources to the best of your ability by making jellies, and as a bonus, you will avoid all of the chemicals and questionable ingredients in store-bought jams! Or, if you buy the “natural” jellies, you will avoid paying $5 for one tiny jar.
Great Jam and Jelly Recipes We’d Like to Try
These recipes below will get you inspired to make a myriad of jelly and jam combinations. Wondering what the difference is? Jelly is made by thickening the juice of a fruit, while jam or preserves contains fruit pieces and seeds.
Balsamic Strawberry Jam– Call Me PMC
Looking for a twist on the basic strawberry jam? This recipe uses balsamic vinegar to give the jam a slightly tangy flavor. If you want a firm jelly that offers a little extra nutrition, switch out the pectin for gelatin.
Crock Pot Fig Preserves– Crock Pot Ladies
I recently discovered fig preserves, and I am hooked. Fig is a delicious flavor in jelly form. The fig preserves I’ve been buying cost around $6 for a tiny jar, so I’m excited to see a recipe I can make easily at home! As a bonus, this recipe is made completely in the crock pot. You don’t even have to watch it as it cooks!
Simple Peach Refrigerator Jam – MomPrepares
Just 4 ingredients and ready to set in under an hour, this peach refrigerator jam recipe is a family favorite that’s great on toast or thumbprint cookies!
Fresh Mint Jelly- Canadian Living
I actually heard about mint jelly when reading a British book (it was Redwall by Brian Jacques). At first the idea sounded terrible, but I tried it, and it actually has a delicious flavor! I prefer mint jelly with tea and toast- the true British way. You can sub gelatin for this recipe as well. Just make sure to follow the directions precisely, or you will end up with a runny mess.
Concord Grapes Jam– Chef in You
No list of recipes would be complete without a recipe for classic grape jam! Children will love squeezing the grapes for this recipe. Although few people grow grapes in their garden, jelly is the perfect way to use up those mushy grapes at the bottom of the fridge that no one ever eats. This recipe, too, just uses grapes and sugar! You can substitute any juicy fruit for this recipe.
Blackberry Jelly– Eat Weeds
This is a true jelly recipe that only uses the blackberry juice. I prefer this for blackberries and raspberries, as I hate getting tiny seeds stuck in my teeth. But if you like, you can keep the blackberry flesh in the recipe for additional texture. The addition of lemon juice gives this jelly a nice, tangy flavor.
Homemade Mint Jelly – Fresh Eggs Daily
A wonderful compliment to lamb, or a treat on thumbprint cookies (can you imagine a chocolate thumbprint cookie with mint jelly???) this delightful green jelly would make a fantastic holiday gift!
Blueberry Refrigerator Jam – MomPrepares
We actually have tried this one… it’s our very own blueberry jam recipe and it’s delicious! No canning required, takes less than an hour to make and the whole family loves it. I call that a win!
More Homemade Recipes and Canning Tips
- Opened Preserves: How Long do Jams and Jellies Last?
- Prepped Meals: Pre-Mixed and Frozen Slow Cooker Meals for an Easy Meal
- Preserving Pears to Keep the Goodness
- How to Preserve Berries