Our best recipes for jams, chutneys, and preserves


At a time when stockpiling has made certain ingredients hard to come by and many of us are anxious about our store cupboards, preserving is a practical and soothing way to fill your larder while making sure you get the most out of your perishable ingredients. Read on for our favourite recipes for everything from tangy pickles to fruity compotes.

Jam, Preserve, & Chutney Recipes | Pear Jam

Pear and Lavender Jam from The Modern Preserver: Chutneys, pickles, jams and more by Kylee Newton

A delicate pear jam with wonderful floral accents, this is the perfect thing to spread on toast or dollop over your morning porridge. It's also a great way of using up pears that are too hard or unripe to eat. 

 
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Jam, Preserve, & Chutney Recipes | Apple Sultana Chutney

Apple and Sultana Chutney from The Great British Bake Off: Winter Kitchen by Lizzie Kamenetzky

This is a classic chutney - tangy, deeply savoury, and studded with plump sultanas, it's must for a cheeseboard. It will also liven up cold, leftover meats like ham or chicken, and is wonderful in a sandwich (ploughman's or otherwise!).

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Jam, Preserve, & Chutney Recipes | Apricot Curd

Apricot Curd from The Kilner Cookbook by Kilner

Looking for a lemon curd alternative? Try this buttery apricot curd from The Kilner Coobook. You can spread it on toast or brioche, or use it as a filling fro sweet pastries and desserts. It's especially good in meringues, topped with whipped cream. 

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Jam, Preserve, & Chutney Recipes | Carrot & Ginger Pickle

Heritage Carrot and Ginger Pickle from The Modern Preserver: Chutneys, pickles, jams and more by Kylee Newton

If you've got some carrots lingering in your vegetable drawer, transform them into a tangy, spicy pickle with this recipe. You don't have to use heritage carrots either - any kind will do! 

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Jam, Preserve, & Chutney Recipes | Traditional Marmalade

Marmalade from You're All Invited by Margot Henderson

It just doesn't get much more comforting than homemade marmalade spread thickly on hot, crusty toast. Seville oranges aren't in season just now, so use normal oranges instead, replacing one or two of them with a lemons to give the marmalade its tang. You could also reduce the sugar content a little if you like your marmalade extra bitter.

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Jam, Preserve, & Chutney Recipes | Raspberry Chocolate Spread

Chocolate and Raspberry Jam from The Modern Preserver: Chutneys, pickles, jams and more by Kylee Newton

Less of a jam and more of a rich raspberry chocolate spread, this is utterly heavenly on sourdough toast, croissants, or toasted brioche. It would also work really well as layer cake filling. 

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Jam, Preserve, & Chutney Recipes | Traditional Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd from The WI Cookbook by Mary Gwynn

Lemon curd is an all-time classic and a great preserve to stock your pantry with. It's great on toast, of course, but also delicious when used in baking. Try making a Victoria sponge and sandwiching the cake together with a layer of lemon curd and a layer of cream. Or hollow out the tops of some cupcakes, fill with a teaspoon of curd, then top with some lemon buttercream frosting.

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Jam, Preserve, & Chutney Recipes | Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onion and Lime from The Kilner Cookbook by Kilner

Pickled red onions are an incredibly useful ingredient to have around - add them to salads, sandwiches, burgers, and grilled meats to provide a hit of zingy flavour.

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Jam, Preserve, & Chutney Recipes | Stawberry & Pimms Jam

Strawberry and Pimm’s Jam from The Modern Preserver: Chutneys, pickles, jams and more by Kylee Newton

One for the warmer months, this classic combination in jam form is irresistible poured over vanilla ice cream as an instant dessert.

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Jam, Preserve, & Chutney Recipes | Peach and Blackberry

Two-tone Peach and Blackberry Jam from The Modern Preserver: Chutneys, pickles, jams and more by Kylee Newton

This is the perfect jam for late summer and early autumn, when you want to make the most of the last peaches and the first blackberries. Its pretty, two-toned appearance makes it ideal for gifting. 

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