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Canning Recipes

Learning how to make jam, canning at home, and preserving foods in your home kitchen is very rewarding. You choose what ingredients you love the most then prepare them so that you can enjoy them for months to come!

To be a successful home canner or food preserver you’ll need to know the following:

Enjoy this collection of jam recipes, jelly recipes, marmalade recipes and more!

Where should you start?


Once you’ve made your beautiful jams, check out these ideas for recipes:

lemon curd in ball canning jar with white spoon and sliced lemons

Vegan Lemon Curd

Vegan Lemon Curd is a delightful, dairy-free, gluten free, lemon spread that can be made in 15 minutes. Lemon curd is traditionally made with eggs and butter – not vegan friendly at all. Don’t let curds be something you write off because you are vegan or dairy free. A few easy ingredient substitutions are all …

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Creamy orange curd on cutting board with white background

Orange Curd

Homemade orange curd is a creamy, bright and intensely orange fruit spread that practically bursts with flavor out of the jar! Make this easy curd in 20 minutes or less. What is orange curd? This orange curd recipe is a breeze to make. Curd is simply a mixture of fruit juice (and often the zest) …

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Two jars of lemon curd and meyer lemons

Meyer Lemon Curd

Meyer lemon curd is a vibrant, sweet fruit curd that is not to be missed during the winter months. Take advantage of the short window of time when meyer lemons are available and make this homemade curd in less than 20 minutes. What is fruit curd? Fruit curds are generally a mixture of fruit juice …

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Uses for Plum Jam

Do you have a lot of plums? A plum tree or perhaps you’ve been shopping at Costco and brought home a ton of plums? Learning how to make plum jam is the first step in using an abundance of plum jams. Finding uses for plum jam is the next step that I hope to help …

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Jars of orange marmalade and other jams made at high altitude

High Altitude Canning

This is a guide to high altitude canning. Did you know that your elevation affects the process of canning preserves? You may need to adjust your processing time when using boiling water bath canning and the amount of pressure when using pressure canning. Whether you are a seasoned expert or a new beginner, learning how …

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Pear butter in small mason jar on cutting board with pears

Pear Butter in the Crock Pot

Pear butter isn’t “butter” in the true sense of the word. Dairy free, this fruit butter is apple butter’s cousin– a deeply spiced puree of fruit easily made in the Slow cooker, Instapot or Crock Pot. What is pear butter? Pear butter, or any fruit butter, is a smooth puree of fruit that has been …

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Pear ginger jam in a mason jar with white spoon

Pear Ginger Jam

Ginger Pear Jam is a small batch, old fashioned homemade jam made with no added pectin.  Ginger and pear come together to make a warmly spiced jam. Use this pear jam on toast, with meats, or as a substitute for applesauce.     This post was originally published in November 2012 and was updated in November …

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Peach butter in a mason jar with a white napkin and silver spoon

Crock Pot Peach Butter

Peach season is winding down this month– grab this seasonal fruit while you can and store its goodness for months to come by making jams, jellies and this peach butter. This recipe for peach butter or mango butter is easily made in a crock pot, slow cooker, or Instant Pot. Only a few ingredients are …

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types of pectin and fruits

What is pectin?

Pectin is an ingredient that may be necessary to add to homemade preserves to help your jam set. Learn what fruit have the most pectin. What is Pectin? Fruit pectin is a starch that is naturally present in fruits and berries and when heated, it helps provide structure so that your jellies and jams will …

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Tools for canning funnel, jar lifter, water bath canner

Canning Supplies

Canning supplies are the first step in making homemade preserves. Once you stock your kitchen with this list of basic canning equipment you’ll be ready to transform your fresh fruit or frozen fruit into homemade preserves. Making jams, jellies, curds, marmalades, and other fruit spreads at home is a rewarding process. By crafting your own …

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Two jars of lime curd with limes on green napkin

Lime Curd (in the Vitamix)

Lime curd is a creamy citrus spread thickened with sugar, eggs and butter. This lime curd recipe is made in less than ten minutes in the Vitamix and is a perfect filling for macarons, cakes, and sandwich cookies. You might even eat this fruit curd by the spoonful! What is lime curd? Lime curd is …

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open jar of cara cara orange marmalade homemade jam

Cara Cara Orange Marmalade

The varieties of homemade orange marmalade that you can create are home are endless. Take advantage of winter citrus season and make this cara cara orange marmalade recipe. The bright flesh of cara cara oranges is stunning! Making homemade orange marmalade is a labor of love but truly worth the effort. It is a time …

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How to make blood orange marmalade in a mason jar on a white platter

Blood Orange Marmalade

Make homemade blood orange marmalade to capture the bright citrus flavor and color of this gorgeous fruit! Preserving at home can be easy with this step by step process that I used from the Ball Blue Book of Preserving. Blood oranges are a beautiful fruit. They are only available for a short time span each …

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cranberry butter in small mason jar

Cranberry Butter

This cranberry butter jewel of a fruit spread is not really a butter (no dairy at all). And it is not really a curd (no eggs in here either) so it is tricky to figure out how to name it properly. Technically it might be a pureed jam.  It is an elevated version of instant …

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Drizzle of lemon curd made int he Vitamix coming off of spoon

Lemon Curd in the Vitamix

Lemon curd in the Vitamix is a delightful lemon spread made with eggs, sugar, butter, and, of course, lemons! The Vitamix makes this recipe a breeze. It is so fun to watch right before your eyes as the ingredients are whipped together, heated, and somewhat magically transform into this curd, a beautiful fruit and sugar …

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How to Make Plum Jam

Homemade plum jam is a summer treat to make then enjoy throughout the year. I’ve gotten back into canning mode around here and this plum jam recipe was a delicious way to preserve summer’s fresh fruit. Let’s learn how to make plum jam together. Plums can be overlooked as a jam flavor option. In the …

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