Summer is coming to a close, and we gotta make sure we get our fill of the farmers’ market. The stone fruit, heirloom tomatoes, and all the berries are calling our name. If you feel like you haven’t quite gotten enough, consider the age-old tradition of preserving. Not only is it a fun evening or weekend project, but you’ll be creating a stash of summer goodness for dreary winter days. Scroll through to check out some of our favorites.
1. Habanero Peach Barbecue Sauce: The mild sauce would be perfect with pork tenderloin or chicken thighs. Add a few more peppers if you want to take the heat up a notch. (via Magnolia Days)
2. Mixed Berry Jam: Once you experience homemade jam, it’s hard to go back to anything else. This recipe has lots of great tips and resources for canning, so you can jump in with confidence. (via Suburban Simplicity)
3. Easy Refrigerator Pickles: Try serving them alongside sandwiches or chop them up for an interesting addition to egg salad. (via Certified Pastry Aficionado)
4. Slow Cooker Restaurant Style Garden Salsa: You might not think to cook salsa, but the low, slow heat will help all those delicious flavors meld together. Can it or freeze it, depending on how ambitious you’re feeling. (via The Recipe Critic)
5. Strawberry Balsamic Jam: The special touch of balsamic makes the berries sing with flavor. We can’t imagine anything more heavenly to break out on a cold winter morning for breakfast. (via Brooklyn Supper)
6. Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Preserved in Olive Oil: Use them to upgrade risotto, pasta, or a good old grilled cheese sammie. (via Heartbeet Kitchen)
7. Blueberry Soda Syrup: This tart and tangy syrup has endless uses. Try it mixed with club soda or ginger beer, or keep it on hand for drizzling over yogurt or ice cream. (via Love & Olive Oil)
8. Enchilada Sauce: If you’ve got extra tomatoes around, enchilada sauce can stretch them while getting a jump on meal planning. This recipe will keep in the freezer for three months. (via Foodiecrush)
9. Easy Peach Vanilla Jam: This jam feels particularly luxurious, with tiny flecks of vanilla bean suspended. (via Celebrating Sweets)
10. Pickled Jalapeño Peppers: If you can boil water, you can make these pickles. Really. (via Peas & Crayons)
11. Homemade Maraschino Cherries: These are a healthy alternative and would make the perfect hostess gift this fall. (via Dessert With Benefits)
12. Sweet Pickle Relish: Use up extra cucumbers and bell peppers with this relish to top hot dogs and deviled eggs. (via Saving Room for Dessert)
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