13 Canned Fruit Recipe Ideas
Brandied Honey-and-Spice Pears
Brandy isn’t only for cocktails. Try the alcohol made from distilled wine when canning pears for a caramel-y element. Ginger, cinnamon, and cloves round out the warm flavors in this autumnal option made in your water-bath canner. Ball freshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner and Multicooker, ($132.24, Amazon).
Canned Apple Pie Filling with Maple and Cinnamon
Leave the supermarket versions on the shelf and stir together your own canned apple pie filling for a next-level pie. Cinnamon and maple syrup give this mix definitive fall flavors, but we love opening a jar come Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day for all-American vibes. One bite will convince you that canning apple slices is so worth the effort.
Canned Green Tea Chai Spiced Peaches
Go green while you’re canning peaches. A green tea-infused syrup preserves juicy stone fruits and adds layers of flavor with ginger, cardamom, cloves, and peppercorns. Feel free to turn this into a nectarine canning recipe if that's the fruit you have handy.
Canned Fruit Recipe Idea: Add a small bowl to a cheese board for a fresh element.
Plums—a culinary cousin to nectarines, peaches, and almonds (yes, really)—are in their prime June to September. Luckily, it’s a cinch to pickle wedges of the stone fruit to enjoy any month of the year. Simply pack them and sliced onions into Mason jars 6-ounce Canning Jars with Lids and Bands, ($31.99 for 30, Amazon); cover with a red wine vinegar-based pickling liquid featuring cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and anise; and process in your canner. (Stock up on this equipment for canning fruit, soups, and more.)
Canned Fruit Recipe Idea: Dress up your next charcuterie platter with these unique pickles.
Spicy Ginger Red Hot Pears
Calling all Red Hots® candy fiends! This canned pear recipe features a handful of your favorite spicy treats (yes, candy in canning), plus cinnamon and ginger for a surprisingly complex fruit recipe.
Smoky Honey Peach-Roasted Poblano Salsa
Spice is nice when you’re canning peaches. Think about it: Tomatoes have natural sweetness too, so why not mix peaches and peppers for a unique Mexican condiment? Poblanos, jalapeños, and canned chipotles in adobo perk up this recipe of peaches and roasted vegetables.
Canned Fruit Recipe Idea: Pair this sweet and spicy salsa with tacos or tortilla chips, or use it to wake up your morning scrambled eggs.
Caramel Apple Butter
Did you know that apple butter actually has zero butter and fat? This recipe for canning apples calls for only the fresh fruit (tart varieties like Cortland, Jonathan, and Braeburn work best), plus brown and white sugars, cinnamon, and cider.
Canned Honey-Lavender Peaches
Canning peaches is one of our favorite ways to bring summer vibes to the party even on the coldest days of winter. For extra garden-fresh flavor, we’re giving the white wine-soaked peaches a spoonful of dried lavender buds.
Canned Fruit Recipe Idea: Boost your next batch of bellinis! Add a couple slices of these lavender peaches to the bottom of a wine glass and top off with sparkling wine.
Sweet heat is the theme of this apple canning recipe. Fresh or frozen raspberries offer a nice amount of natural sweetness; canned chipotles in adobo sauce contribute the just-right level of smoky spice.
Port and Cinnamon Plums
Mulled wine is the inspiration for these poached plums. Orange slices, cinnamon sticks, a ruby port wine team up to give plums a big dose of cozy flavors.
Canned Fruit Recipe Idea: A la mode is a must with these port plums! Spoon over ice cream for a cool yet comforting dessert.
Spiced Bourbon Cherries
A few of our go-to canned fruit dessert recipes are spiked with alcohol for even more flavor. Beyond the bourbon, these cherries are packed with cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and (surprise) a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Canned Fruit Recipe Idea: Make old fashioned cocktails taste new by using these boozy cherries in place of traditional maraschinos.
Yes, tomatoes are a fruit! If you’re more on Team Savory than Team Sweet, this recipe using canned fruit is for you. It’s classic, low-fuss—you only need tomatoes and lemon juice—and endlessly customizable once you crack open a can.