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The 15 Funkiest Jam Recipes You Should Try at Least Once


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Are you bored with your morning toast? Looking to spice up the condiments in your fridge? You're in luck because jam isn't just about grape and strawberry anymore. As it turns out, there are all kinds of things you can jam! Do you know the difference between jam, jelly, and preserves? Now that we've covered that, let's get onto the unusual jam recipes.

Although we typically think of jam as containing fruits and veggies like apricots, blueberry and grape, there are really no limits to what you can can to make into jam. Looking for a boozy jam? Make a Guinness one for St. Patty's Day! Prefer your condiments with a kick? Why not make sweet chili jam! This list of jams allows you to think outside the box and cover your scones and waffles with flavors far more exciting than the typical strawberry jam you'd find at the store.

From weird to semi-normal, there isn't one of these jams I wouldn't immediately spread on a piece of toast. The best part is, there's a jam for everyone, so you can personalize yours to match the flavors you prefer and the dishes you typically put jam onto. If this sounds like a perk for your kitchen and food experience as a whole, put your aprons on, and get your canning jars ready. Before you know it, you'll become something of a legend in your neighborhood for tackling these 15 fun and unusual jam recipes.

15 Fun and Unusual Jam Recipes

1. Pumpkin Jam

Wondering what to do with all the pumpkin flesh from carving pumpkins? This recipe from My Island Bistro Kitchen makes a deliciously savory DIY pumpkin jam that is great on everything from toast to cookies.

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It makes it all taste like pumpkin pie! This recipe skips the commercial pectin that typically binds together jam, and is the perfect small batch for a beginner jammer to try if using a new canner kit. Just make sure you wash the jars well in boiling water before starting!

2. Carrot Cake Jam

Carrot cake is good all year round, but I especially love it in the fall. The spiced carrots and that oh-so-good cream cheese frosting just fits in with raking leaves and drinking spiced lattés.

This recipe from One Hundred Dollars a Month makes me feel a little bit better about myself for eating cake for breakfast! A word to the wise: it's important to stir constantly once your jam reaches a full rolling boil so it doesn't boil over in the saucepan, a common jam you can find yourself in when making fruit jam.

3. Banana Jam

Speaking of breakfast, I think I found a new favorite recipe from Mom Foodie with this fun jam. I love bananas any way you slice 'em - in my breakfast cereal, on top of peanut butter toast, and in my ice cream. This jam guarantees I'll always have some on hand!

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So much more original than the classic strawberry jam or raspberry jam, this homemade jam recipe is only five ingredients. While most jam recipes use lemon juice as the natural acid to cut through the jam's sweetness, this one uses lime juice instead for an interesting twist.

4. Sweet Chili Jam

Spread it on toast or serve it on top of chilled shrimp, this recipe from A Life of Geekery for sweet chili jam is addictively good! You'll find yourself pulling it out of the fridge to spread on just about everything.

Apple cider vinegar serves as the acid in this jam recipe that brings together chilies and crab apples into one divine combination. This also serves as a fantastic Halloween party appetizer as the color turns out brilliantly reddish-orange.

5. Watermelon Jam

I thought that pickled watermelon rinds were life-changing until I heard about this recipe from Blondie's Cakes & Things for watermelon jam. While it doesn't rely on natural pectin and instead calls for a packet of the powder, it makes this watermelon jam so, so worth it. Just don't forget the water bath at the end to lock in freshness.

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It's unique, it's intriguing, and I can't wait to plop a dollop of this inside some cupcakes! For an added twist, add some lemon zest for beautiful gold flecks throughout. Who needs a fresh strawberry jam recipe when you have a watermelon one instead?

6. Violet Walnut Conserve

Technically a conserve, this "jam" is completely unique (and also totally brilliant). Instead of throwing violet flowers into the compost, this recipe from Hunger and Thirst pairs them with creamy walnuts to make a jam.

This recipe is basically no cooking required. Simply mix the three ingredients together, and can it up. Serve it on top of cheesecake to wow your dinner party guests.

7. Piña Colada Jam

Speaking of wowing your guests, this recipe from Flour on My Face for "boozy" jam will have everyone in the neighborhood talking (and asking for a jar). It'll be so tasty, they'll never know it's a virgin piña colada until they see you eating it on yogurt for breakfast.

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Though the first photos of the recipe use a jam maker, there is a whole set of directions dedicated to the stovetop method in a large pot. However, don't be afraid to pull out the food processor to finely dice the pineapple.

8. Guinness Stout Jelly

When it comes to jelly recipes, you can't go wrong with beer flavor. So unlike the virgin piña colada above, this one actually is boozy. This recipe from The Spruce Eats uses your favorite beerand jams it up with sugar and pectin.

Serve this one on St. Patrick's Day as the sweet component of your cheese platter, or on Christmas morning as the extra special treat for the breakfast casserole waiting in the oven.

9. Onion Jam

The recipe from Serious Eats for this onion jam is so good, you definitely won't be crying. I mean, why go sweet when you can go savory? This jam is perfect when served on a charcuterie platter.

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10. Bacon Jam

Bacon jam. I just want to repeat that a few more times--bacon jam. What could possibly be better? You should make a double batch of this recipe from Blackberry Babe because I have a feeling it won't stick around for long!

11. Corn Cob Jam

I thought I was being resourceful when I used corn cobs to make corn stock, but this is really taking sustainability to the next level. Making this recipe from Taste of Home (and serving it on freshly made biscuits) might be a new summertime tradition at my house!

12. Tomato Jam

Move over ketchup: I'm making this recipe from Epicurious for tomato jam and never using ketchup again! I can't wait to try this on my next sandwich.

13. Caramel Apple Jam

I love everything about caramel apples, except making them. Now I don't have to anymore! This recipe from Better Homes & Gardens captures everything you love about this fall favorite without any of the hassle. I'm putting this in my oatmeal tomorrow!

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14. Herb Jelly

This flavorful jelly is a great way to add low-cal flavor to any meal. Jazz up anything from your morning meal to your evening snack with this herbaceous recipe from Jim Long's Garden.

15. Blackberry Vanilla Bourbon Jam

I can't believe I have never had this unusual jam recipe in my life! It's sweet, it's mellow; it's subtle, it's bold. This jam is everything I could ever want, wrapped up in a beautiful jar.

Make a batch of this unusual jam recipe from Honestly Yum for your friends and family and give them out for Christmas. You'll be on the top of everyone's list!

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This post was originally published on November 25, 2020.

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