17 Homemade Jelly and Jam Recipes to Upgrade Your Toast

Rhubarb and Rose Petal Jam
Photo: Andy Lyons

Ah, jam. It's the perfect vehicle for spreading onto your favorite sandwich (PB&J, of course) and morning toast. But homemade jams and jellies are great for more than just bread. With unique jam flavors such as habanero-mint, rhubarb, and even bacon—you've got bases for meat, appetizers, and more. Whether you're a canning master or just starting out, we have plenty of jelly and jam recipes to preserve your produce. Classics like strawberry jam make an appearance, but we imagine our fun jam flavor combinations are going to really entice you.

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Very-Berry Rhubarb Jam

glass jar of very-berry rhubarb jam muffins
Andy Lyons

Life is as easy (and delicious) as pie when you start your day with the tasty combination of berry and rhubarb. Need more convincing? We use blueberry pie filling as an easy shortcut ingredient.

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Strawberry Jam

Homemade Strawberry Jam
Kritsada Panichgul

Enjoy that glorious fresh strawberry flavor all year. Each batch of this classic homemade jam recipe is brimming with 3 quarts of juicy, plump strawberries—enough to keep you smiling until the next berry season.

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Raspberry Jam

Raspberry Jam
Jason Donnelly

Few things are as delicious as raspberry jam and butter on freshly baked bread. And it tastes even better when you make it yourself. Personalize your jam recipe with easy additions like lemon, nutmeg, or grated fresh ginger.

Test Kitchen Tip: Always thoroughly wash fruits and veggies before using them in your recipes.

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Berry-Chia Seed Jam

Berry-Chia Seed Jam
Andy Lyons

Chia seeds make a big impact on this jam recipe. When combined with liquid (berries and honey, in this case) those tiny little seeds thicken the mixture naturally. Bonus: chia seeds are a great source of fiber, protein, and healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

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Rhubarb and Rose Petal Jam

Rhubarb and Rose Petal Jam
Andy Lyons

Rose petals complement the tartness of fresh rhubarb with their light, ambrosial flavor. This unique jam recipe pops when used in pastries such as homemade donuts or atop freshly baked scones.

Test Kitchen Tip: To avoid pesticides, use roses from your own garden, a farmer's market, or a specialty food store.

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Caramel Apple Jam

Caramel Apple Jam
Andy Lyons

Bring the goodness of caramel apples to your breakfast table with this indulgent jam recipe. Made with tart Granny Smith apples and buttery homemade caramel, it's a great treat to give as a gift to your food-loving friends.

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Peach Jam

Peach Jam
Kritsada Panichgul

Juicy peaches lend their fresh flavor and gorgeous color to this traditional jam recipe. If you're ready for a twist, try our easy variations: cardamom, basil, bourbon, or chipotle.

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Lemon-Lime-Orange Marmalade

Lemon-Lime-Orange Marmalade
Andy Lyons

Experience the freshness from this citrus party in a jar and you'll never be the same. Section citrus fruit to remove the bitter membranes before adding to the pot to achieve the sweet-tart gourmet preserves. Use it as an irresistible filling for thumbprint cookies.

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Strawberry Margarita Jam

Strawberry Margarita Jam
Andy Lyons

Why stop at strawberries? Our twist on classic strawberry jam adds lime juice, tequila, and triple sec for a surprising transformation that invokes the classic happy-hour cocktail.

Test Kitchen Tip: You'll know your jelly was a success if it quivers instead of flows when spooned from the jar.

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Rosé Wine Jelly with Pink Peppercorns

Rose Wine Jelly Pink Peppercorns
Blaine Moats

This sweet and spicy jelly is a brilliant way to perk up your lunch sandwich. Pink peppercorns offer a subtle kick of heat wrapped in a light, fruity flavor. Rosé wine, with hints of berry and citrus, balances the pepper's heat.

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Grape Juice Jelly

Grape Juice Jelly
Kritsada Panichgul

Kids will love this homemade grape jelly, and you'll love how simple it is to make. We used grape juice instead of whole grapes for a 3-ingredient jelly recipe that requires zero chopping (hooray!) and tastes great on sandwiches or mixed into oats or hot cereal.

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Sour Cherry and Amaretto Jelly

Sour Cherry and Amaretto Jelly
Scott Little

Almond-flavored amaretto is just as at home in a jelly as it is in a cocktail. The decadent liqueur balances tart cherries for a delish jelly recipe that's great for everyday eating.

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Ruby Red Grapefruit Jelly

Ruby Red Grapefruit Jelly
Kritsada Panichgul

Love the distinct bittersweet flavor of grapefruit? Enjoy it year-round with our grapefruit jam recipe. The bold citrus flavor is the perfect complement to sugary pound cake.

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Jasmine Tea Jelly

Jasmine Tea Jelly
Kritsada Panichgul

Share this sophisticated jelly recipe at an English-style tea party. The fragrant blend of green tea leaves and jasmine is an unexpected (and unforgettable) way to top cakes or biscuits.

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Tomato-Basil Jam

Tomato-Basil Jam
Jason Donnelly

Combining tomato and basil in a savory preserves recipe makes it easy to add the classic flavor pairing to sandwiches, fresh bread, or crackers. Try it with fresh mozzarella for a Caprese-inspired snack.

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Lemon-Honey Jelly

Lemon-Honey Jelly
Kritsada Panichgul

Get your toast ready! If you're a sweet-and-sour fan, you'll love this bright jelly recipe. The bright flavor of lemon gets a lightly sweet infusion of honey. Depending on the type of flower nectar, the taste of honey varies. Try this recipe with clover, buckwheat, or blackberry honey for subtle differences in flavor.

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Carrot Cake Jam

Carrot Cake Jam
Blaine Moats

Here's a spring jam recipe that rivals your favorite Easter cake. With hints of sweet pineapple and flaked coconut, this decadent carrot jam tastes like a warm, tropical treat atop crusty bread and a dab of cream cheese.

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