The Joy of Jams, Jellies, and Other Sweet Preserves

200 Classic and Contemporary Recipes Showcasing the Fabulous Flavors of Fresh Fruits

By Linda Ziedrich

jams_cover_thumb“A jar of jam or jelly is a memory brought back to life,” writes author Linda Ziedrich in the introduction to this collection of recipes using fresh fruits and vegetables. The satisfaction of dipping into a fresh-tasting, delicious jar of homemade jam is just one reason to make preserves at home. It’s also a great way to avoid artificial ingredients found in store-bought versions, to save money, and to present a special, homemade gift to friends and family. In 200 recipes, Ziedrich shows home cooks how simple it is to turn an astonishing variety of fruits and vegetables—from apples to zucchini—into tasty preserves, all without the use of commercial pectin, which contains additives and can be expensive. Recipes include classics such as Strawberry Preserves, Lemon Curd, and Concord Grape Jelly that even novice preservers can make, as well as more exotic treasures like Fig Preserves with Fennel and Bay, Cranberry-Quince Jelly, and Kumquat Marmalade. A comprehensive primer covers all the basics of making sweet preserves, including equipment, techniques, procedures, safety, and storage. With this authoritative volume at hand, anyone can stock a pantry with colorful, nutritious, delicious, and economical preserves of all kinds.


“This terrific guide to modern home preserving has everything you need to know to put by the season’s finest. Filled with fruit delights from Apple Butter to Watermelon Molasses, this is a treasure-trove of recipes you’ll want to explore all year long.”

David Lebovitz, author of The Great Book of Chocolate and The Perfect Scoop

“As a small commercial jam maker, I found the history of fruit preserves interesting and informative. Linda Ziedrich presents the basics of jam and jelly making in a way that is easy for anyone to understand and follow. I especially liked the variety of unique preserves recipes.”

“Jammin’ ” Laura Fitzgerald, proprietor of Islander Herbs,

“Linda Ziedrich, the princess of pickling, has written another cookbook destined to be a trusty kitchen companion, dog-eared and covered with stains. Farmers’ market shoppers and U-pick enthusiasts will find all the old favorites, like great versions of raspberry jam and apple butter, and enticing new recipes like cantaloupe jam with mint, spiced sweet cherries, and sweet walnut preserves. The introductions to each type of produce are full of useful information on varieties, ripeness, and storage. Whether you’re just learning to make preserves or an experienced preserver looking for inspiration, this book is for you.”

Heidi Yorkshire, food writer, Portland, Oregon

Book Details



Published: May 2009
Pages: 384
Trim Size: 7 1/4 x 9 1/8 in.
Interior Design:
2 Color

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