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Cherry Almond Preserves

Cherry Almond Preserves

Cherry Almond Preserves

This recipe came from my mother-in-law. It's very old-fashioned—in fact, the friend who gave it to her used to cook it up on an old wood stove. With all the cherry orchards here in Bitterroot Valley, I make two batches of these preserves each summer. (I get the cherries from a nearby cannery by the gallons!) My family likes them on fresh bread, muffins, pancakes and even ice cream—the consistency's similar to a topping. I have to be careful, though, and ration the jars out or they'd be the first thing to disappear from the root cellar! Both my husband and I serve as 4-H leaders. We have three children—girls 16 and 14 and a son who's 12.

Spiced Pear Jam

Spiced Pear Jam

Spiced Pear Jam

Years ago, my in-laws had three pear trees on their acreage and gave us all the fruit that we wanted to pick. So I canned plenty of pears. Then a neighbor passed along this favorite recipe. I've given many jars of this jam as gifts. Day to day, we enjoy it on toast with ham and eggs or on hot rolls with a meat. —Karen Bockelman, Portland, Oregon

Blackberry Apple Jelly

Blackberry Apple Jelly

Blackberry Apple Jelly

August is the busiest month of the year on our small farm—that's when we're harvesting sweet corn, pumpkins and pickling cucumbers for our stand. But I always make time to put up this jelly. The apples come from our old-fashioned orchard, while the blackberries grow wild along our creek...and the jelly's usually gone by January! —Liz Endacott, Matsqui, British Columbia
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Tri-Berry Jam

Tri-Berry Jam

Tri-Berry Jam

My mother-in-law and I dreamed up this jam after we'd been picking blueberries one day. She wondered if blueberries, raspberries and strawberries would taste good together. So she made a test batch—and we quickly learned that they definitely did! Then I came up with my own version of the jam. I preserve everything from our garden! —Karen Maerkle, Baltic, Connecticut

Raspberry Plum Jam

Raspberry Plum Jam

Raspberry Plum Jam

The thing I like best about this jam is the way the plums stretch the flavor of the raspberries. I make it when plums are in season, and we enjoy it all winter long on toast or homemade bread. For a few years, my husband and I had a small acreage with chickens, rabbits and sheep. Although we now live in town, our hearts still belong in the country! We have six children—three of them grown, two teenagers plus a girl who's 10—and two grandchildren.

Cinnamon Blueberry Jam

Cinnamon Blueberry Jam

Cinnamon Blueberry Jam

Watching my grandmother can hundreds of jars of tomatoes, peaches and pears inspired me to first try making jams and jellies myself. I can remember, as a girl, going down into her cellar—all those jars on the shelves gave me such a warm homey feeling! This jam is one my family enjoys on warm homemade corn or blueberry muffins. The cinnamon's a bit of a surprise. —Barbara Burns, Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

This tangy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam recipe is a favorite with my family. They'll put it on almost anything, but especially like it on muffins or buttermilk biscuits. —Deb Kooistra, Kitchener, Ontario

Zucchini Pineapple Jam

Zucchini Pineapple Jam

Zucchini Pineapple Jam

Need a way to use up zucchini? Try this wonderfully flavored jam. The pineapple adds so much sweetness.—Kathy Weese, Jackson, Ohio

Cider Jelly

Cider Jelly

Cider Jelly

For a tasty jam during the fall, try this cider. The candy adds a wonderful cinnamon flavor.—Donna Bensend, Dallas, Wisconsin

Easy Apricot Jam

Easy Apricot Jam

Easy Apricot Jam

Here’s the perfect topping for English muffins or toast. It’s so simple to make my homemade jam, you’ll want to share it with all your friends.—Geri Davis, Prescott, Arizona

Almost Raspberry Jam

Almost Raspberry Jam

Almost Raspberry Jam

This jam is a creative way to use up all of the leftover green tomatoes in the garden. The raspberry gelatin adds wonderful flavor.—Sue Ellen Dillard, El Dorado, Arkansas
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