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With summer’s bounty about to become readily available everywhere, let’s revisit some of the previous preserves and pickles that have been published over the past few years here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen.

I’ve always loved the primitive task of canning, but I’m not a huge fan of complicated canning techniques. In the recipes that follow, you will not find any need for fancy canners or canning equipment.

All of the recipes in this collection use only a water bath method, or no canning method at all! I know that there are many naysayers who will argue that not completing a proper canning method by the book is dangerous, and I would agree with them. But, I’ve been using the methods described in these posts for years and I’ve never had an issue.

Most of these recipes are small batch recipes anyway, so we tend to finish them off rather quickly. And, because these preserves and pickles are so delicious, I’m sure that will be the case for you too! Let’s get started!!

This particular recipe is one such small batch recipe. Strawberry Preserves using only three ingredients! Bright strawberry flavour with a hint of sweetness, this jam is about as easy as jam gets! This recipe will yield two cups of jam – just enough to fill a 500mL mason jar.

Roasted Red Peppers are a versatile condiment, ingredient, and topping. The ways to use Roasted Red Peppers and endless, and making your own is both easy and fun! Once you prepare your own Roasted Red Peppers at home, try searching for recipes by using the search field at the top of the page. There’s many, many ways to use up the fruits of your labour to be found here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen.

Now, whether you are preparing a large or small batch, my Easy Homemade Jam recipe is for you! Three ingredients and no water canning method needed to keep your pantry stocked with jam all year round! This particular recipe is very popular and works every single time!

Let’s talk beets. They have a bad reputation for some reason, but I absolutely love them! If you don’t like beets, then try them pickled before dismissing them completely. Pickling is a great way to preserve a fall harvest and is an experience like no other. Every home chef should try canning at least once. Dad’s Canned Pickled Beets is the perfect place to start. Sweet, vinegary, and fork-tender, these beets will keep you smiling all winter long!

Perfectly sweet, salty, tart, and lemony; who knew Pickled Brussels Sprouts could have such a complex flavour? Easy to prepare, and a great addition to a cheese board! Don’t be put off by the dull green colour. The vinegar will pull out the bright green colour we commonly associate with brussels sprouts. The flavour is certainly there though!

Okay, so this next preserve is so delicious, it’s like munching on a bag of sweet and spicy candy. Preserved Candied Jalapenos are bite-sized morsels of heat and sweet – these are highly addictive, easy to prepare, and no canning experience is needed. Makes for a great bring-along gift too!

Quick and Easy Cherry Pie Filling is the best way to fill up a pie crust. Whole, pitted cherries, in a thick, not-too-sweet homemade sauce, is just the thing to make your summer cherry pie a little more special. Once you try making your own cherry pie filling, you’ll never want to eat store-bought ever again!

Pickled Red Onions are not only gorgeous to look at, they are delightfully tasty as well! Bright and crisp, a great addition to almost anything, and super easy to make; you’ll want to keep a jar in your fridge at all times! Pile these onto sandwiches, tacos, burritos, and even chili. I also like smear goat cheese onto a cracker and top it with these pickled onions.

This particular relish is one of my favourite preserves to prepare. I make this at least twice each year. Sweet Corn Relish was a regular staple in our refrigerator when I was growing up. We put it on everything! I’ve found a recipe that’s just like the store-bought kind, but with less sugar and no preservatives!

Dear Reader, if you make only but one recipe from this collection, let it be this one! It’s a side, a dip, and can even be stirred into cooked macaroni and baked in the oven with cheese on top! Corn, black beans, tomatoes, red bell peppers, onions, and chipotle in adobo sauce; is there a better salsa combination? Trader Joe’s Copycat Cowboy Caviar is easy and delicious, and now you can stock your pantry with it and eat to your heart’s content!

Serve these mustard pickles with any cold picnic food. Think cold fried chicken or dare I say it, canned Spam – so good! Preserved Mustard Pickles are a sweet and tart condiment or side dish made from cauliflower, zucchini, red bell pepper, onion, and carrot. A condiment so delicious, I often eat it as a side dish!

Caramelized onions take forever and a day – or so it seems! Maybe it’s just because I’m so impatient. Open a jar of these to use as a spread, top a pizza, or chop and add to cream cheese for a quick and easy onion dip. Preserved Onion Marmalade places caramelized onions right at your finger tips – ready to use!

Pepper and Onion Relish combines red bell peppers, tomatoes, and jalapenos into a condiment worth so much more than the effort it takes to prepare it! You’ll be surprised how many dishes you can prepare using my Pepper and Onion Relish as an ingredient! Read the post for recipe ideas.

Bread and Butter Zucchini Pickles are one of my favourite condiments. Easy to prepare, inexpensive too, this is a great recipe to prepare as gifts for friends or to stock your pantry for the winter months ahead. I can’t think of an easier way to use harvest zucchini!

Dill Pickled Wax Beans are super dilly with a hint of salty and peppery flavour. Stock your pantry full of these for a great side dish ready to go at any time! You can warm these in a skillet or eat them cold right from the jar.

The final recipe in this collection is my all-time favourite jam combination. This jam is as good as it gets – simple ingredients and easy preparation. Strawberry Rhubarb Lemon Jam is the perfect small-batch recipe for all of your summertime indulgences!

Trust me, Dear Reader, these preserves and pickles are easy to make, they’re delicious too, and perfect for sharing. Speaking from personal experience, if you show up at someone’s home with a gift basket of homemade preserves and pickles, they’ll consider you a friend for life!

Now, click on each link. Read through the post and the recipe instructions and determine which of these recipes you’ll prepare this harvest season. As for me, I’ll probably make all of these again – and more! Stay tuned to Lord Byron’s Kitchen for new and exciting preserves and pickles this summer!

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