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Cranberry Pumpkin Chutney

It's a waste to throw out carved jack-o'-lanterns after Halloween, so I decided to make a pumpkin chutney with them. After trying a few recipes, I came up with this one, and it has become a family favorite. It's delicious, especially with turkey, chicken, ham or roast pork. —Maryalice Wood, Langley, British Columbia

Citrus Cantaloupe Butter

This sweet, chunky cantaloupe butter gets its warm spice flavor from the cinnamon. Orange sections and lime juice give it...


Vanilla Pear Berry Jam

This is the first jam that I came up with on my own—and I love the flavor combo!—Rachel Creech, Marion,...


Ginger Blueberry Jam

2 reviews

When I was very young, I watched my grandma make this jam in the kitchen. As I sneaked blueberries to...


Bourbon Peach Jam

2 reviews

Bourbon has been popular at our house since we visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail a few years ago. Every bite...

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Best Ever Sweet Pickles

4 reviews

I pack away homegrown cucumbers every summer. This recipe is based on the pickled veggies in Brown Eggs and Jam...


Surprise Raspberry Jam

10 reviews

I've made this jam for many years and no one has been able to guess the secret ingredient —tomatoes! Everyone...

Fresh Tomato Relish

2 reviews

My two grown sons actually eat this as a salad, but that's a bit too hot for me! The recipe's...


Apricot Pineapple Jam

3 reviews

Dried apricots, crushed pineapple and grapefruit juice create a memorable jam. The juice is what makes the jam taste so...


Habanero Apricot Jam

5 reviews

This zippy and versatile jam was a blue-ribbon winner at our county fair. I mix it with applesauce as a...


Violet Jelly

2 reviews

For a beautiful jelly to give as gifts, I make this jelly. Not only is it delicious but it will...

Pineapple Kiwi Jam

3 reviews

Pineapple, kiwi and a hint of lime blend nicely in this unique combination. It’s especially good slathered on biscuits. —Sondra...


Pickled Rainbow Chard

Pickling adds pop to fresh foods, especially Swiss chard stems. In this easy fridge method, sweet meets tart and it...


Lemon-Rosemary Marmalade

1 review

I love the flavor combination of lemon and rosemary. This unique marmalade goes beautifully with roast chicken, herbed pork roast,...


Holiday Cranberry Jelly

2 reviews

Spread some holiday cheer with this rosy pink cranberry jelly. —Nancy Davis, Tualatin, Oregon


Apple Pie Jam

45 reviews

Although I've been canning for years, I've never found a good apple pie jam recipe, so I created this one....

Pretty Peach Jam

9 reviews

This homemade jam has been a favorite in my family for as long as I can remember. It's a delicious...


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Sweet Zucchini Relish

3 reviews

Classic relish is made with cucumbers, but this tangy and sweet zucchini relish is packed with zucchini, peppers and onions....


Microwave Pickles

11 reviews

You can enjoy a small batch of these sweet crunchy pickles anytime without the work of traditional canning methods. They're...


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Easy Refrigerator Pickles

59 reviews

This easy refrigerator pickles recipe is a great way to use cucumbers and onions from the garden. Here in Upstate...


Plum Orange Jam

2 reviews

We put our homegrown plums to delicious use in this quick and easy jam. It's my favorite thing to serve...


Cider Jelly

1 review

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


Easy Apricot Jam

1 review

Here’s the perfect topping for English muffins or toast. It’s so simple to make my homemade jam, you’ll want to...


Homemade Pizza Sauce

36 reviews

For years, I had trouble finding a pizza sauce recipe my family liked, so I started making my own. The...

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Freezer Cucumber Pickles

11 reviews

When I first started to make these crunchy and satisfying freezer pickles, I wasn't sure if the method would actually...


Orange Pineapple Marmalade

1 review

This sweet citrusy marmalade from Stephanie Heise of Rochester, New York is perfect for spreading on English muffins or biscuits....


Iowa Corn Relish

I've been making colorful, crunchy corn relish for more than 30 years, and my family never tires of it. It's...


Pickled Brussels Sprouts

This year, when I asked my brother what he wanted for his 31st birthday, he answered, "pickled Brussels sprouts." I...


Pear & Pine Nut Conserve

This easy conserve pairs perfectly with grilled or roasted meats, or it's great as a flavorful topping for warm toast...


Sweet & Smoky Salsa

1 review

I love the roasted flavor that grilling gives food, so I decided to make a salsa from grilled vegetables. I...