Jams, Jellies, Syrups and Spreads

Sweet Cherry-Raspberry Jam

Sweet Cherry-Raspberry Jam

Combine two of the season’s favorite flavors; raspberry and sweet cherry for a jewel-toned jam. Today I continue with my seasonal cherry experiments. I love to make jams that are a little different – certainly nothing you will find in the grocery store. And the Yankee...

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Sweet Cherry Shrub Recipe

Sweet Cherry Shrub Recipe

Make sweet cherry shrub – an unusual way to preserve the season’s fresh fruit. Shrubs are an old colonial drink, basically a sweetened fruit juice and vinegar concoction. Vinegar was an insurance in the days of questionable water sources. Since the acid in vinegar...

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Brown Sugar Cherry Jam

Brown Sugar Cherry Jam

Adding brown sugar gives cherry jam a deep, caramelized flavor. It’s that time of the year again. The time when Northwest Cherry Growers send me a big box of the most beautiful cherries you have ever seen. They are almost too beautiful to eat. But I force myself. As...

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15 Ways to Make Strawberry Jam

15 Ways to Make Strawberry Jam

It's fresh strawberry season, which means we can eat them out of hand, freeze them, make pie, have a fresh fruit salad, drown them in cream, or make jam - sooooo many varieties of jam. On this site: Strawberry-Mango Jam with Lime Strawberry-Raspberry Honey Syrup Over...

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Strawberry-Raspberry Honey Syrup

Strawberry-Raspberry Honey Syrup

Homemade strawberry raspberry honey syrup or sauce is an old-fashioned treat you won’t find on the grocery store shelves. Drizzle it over pancakes, ice cream, or pound cake. Or add to sparkling water or iced tea. It’s strawberry season which means the Farmer’s Market...

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Apricot Syrup Recipe

Apricot Syrup Recipe

Homemade syrups are easy to make and so full of flavor! Apricots are the bone china of the fruit world; beautiful, delicate, and perfect for any occasion. So every year I nab as many apricots as I can find during their oh so short season. If there are enough, I can...

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Spirited Apricot Cherry Butter

Spirited Apricot Cherry Butter

Velvety apricots + sweet cherries + Grand Marnier = tongue bliss! Sadly, today’s recipe uses the last of the fantastic cherries I received from the Washington State Fruit Commission. Once again, I have enjoyed creating new ways to use delicious sweet cherries – grown...

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Sweet Cherry Ginger Jam

Sweet Cherry Ginger Jam

Preserve the sweet cherry harvest to enjoy all year. If you, like me, love sweet cherries you probably try to stretch the season. For me that means purchasing as soon as they hit the stores – even at exorbitant prices, and then preserving them as the summer moves on...

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Strawberry Mango Jam with Lime

Strawberry Mango Jam with Lime

If you love strawberries, you’ll want to make this quick and easy jam. Strawberries. The first real sign that summer, and summer canning, will soon be here. Fresh strawberries eaten out of hand. Fresh strawberries sliced over shortcake. Fresh strawberries added to my...

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