What We Love: Homemade Jam

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If you’ve ever tasted homemade raspberry jam on a freezing-cold day in January, as a blizzard turns your New England home into a real-life snow globe, then you understand the incredible joy found in a jar of jam. Suddenly, it was summer in my home and the 12-foot snowdrifts outside my door simply melted away, all thanks to a few bites of preserved fruit. This is why jams are one of my all-time favorite food gifts. Like a beautiful photograph, they capture a moment in time with only a few ingredients – fruit, sugar, and lemon juice.

The options are endless for how you can gift your favorite jams, too. Maybe try adding homemade biscuits or scones to a basket. Use the jam to make crumb bars or linzer cookies. Or you could include a bottle of bubbly for a delightful jam cocktail. The most important part is to have fun while making your signature jam (that’s why it’s known as, “your jam”) and wrapping it for those people who maybe need a bit of sunshine on an otherwise dreary day.

Thanks to some incredible bloggers, there are plenty of inspiring flavors for your next batch of gifts. These are just a few of our favorites, and each is a lovely way to spend a summer day preserving some goodness for year-round gifting.

Coconut Jam: Tropical heaven in a jar. Enough said. {from i am a food blog}

Spicy Strawberry Jam: You can’t help but smile when heat and sweet meet. {from Savory Simple}

Small Batch Kumquat Marmalade (pictured below):The season is so short for these adorable mini-citrus, so make the most of it. {from Food in Jars}

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Apricot Vanilla Bean Jam: There’s something so special about this classic combination. {from The Kitchn}

Apple Pie Jam: Favorite flavors of fall perfectly preserved. All you need is a spoon. {from Mrs. Wheelbarrow}

Melon Jam: A great way to use all that lovely fruit before it’s gone. {from Manger}

MORE: Don’t have time to make your own jam? Try our Blue Chair Jam Collection

Maple Blu-bard Jam with Lemon Verbena (pictured above): Tart and sweet and bright and herby. Beautiful for any time of day. {from Dolly and Oatmeal}

Boozy Bacon Jam: Liquor and pork come together to create the ultimate gift for the BBQ-lover. {from Spoon Fork Bacon}

Bolinas Blackberry Jam (pictured below): The rich and vibrant color alone is worth making this jam. {from Yummy Suppers}

MORE: Try jam with a bit of bubbly. Trust us, it’s divine. And here’s how to do it right

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Photos styled and taken by Heidi White/Loft Studio, Marisa of Food in Jars. rein from Yummy Suppers, and Lindsey of Dolly and Oatmeal.

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