With summer produce at its peak, cooks are finding all kinds of creative ways to save a taste of the season! Here are recipes for preserves, pickles and sauces that we’ve bookmarked from some of our favorite blogs — check out our Guide to Preserving for even more inspiration. What are you preserving this month?
|Cherry Compote by David Lebovitz
This rich, deep compote begs to be paired with vanilla ice cream or a simple cake. Plus, it freezes beautifully.
|Spicy Quick Pickled Radishes by Cookie + Kate
Try this spicy, vinegary condiment on everything from tacos and salads to sandwiches and burgers.
|Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Jam by Honey & Jam
This sweet-savory jam is the perfect way to save a bumper crop of strawberries. With tangy vinegar and a hit of black pepper, it strikes a sweet-savory balance.
|Basic Tomato Sauce by Delicious Shots
A good tomato sauce is essential, and this one looks like a keeper. It starts with a mirepoix, which adds depth of flavor to pounds of summer tomatoes, and is accented with fresh basil leaves.
|Easiest Fridge Dill Pickles by Smitten Kitchen
Here’s a go-to pickle you can make with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. After just an hour, they’re ready to chop into potato salads or simply eat as snacks.
|Maple Blue-Barb Jam by Dolly and Oatmeal
Blueberry and rhubarb combine in this simple refrigerator jam. We love the idea of adding lemon verbena for a surprise twist.
|The Mean Santa by Lady and Pups
This red and green mix (get it?) of chiles and herbs is packed with delicious ingredients like ginger, garlic and shiso, so it’s not just spicy, it’s flavorful. You can adjust the heat to your preference using the recipe’s guidelines.
|Pickled Grapes by Not Without Salt
Lightly pickled, grapes make an unexpected addition to a cheese platter. We’re also excited to try them with grilled chicken or pork for a dinner party.
|Perfect Asian Quick-Pickles by Not Derby Pie
Pair these pickles with Korean scallion pancakes for a crunchy, savory appetizer — they come together in a flash.
|Honey Sweetened Raspberry Preserves by Food in Jars
You only need three ingredients to make this vibrant preserves: bright raspberries, light honey and lemon.
|Spicy Zucchini Pickles from Homesick Texan
Move over, cucumber. If you’re wondering how to use up the season’s abundance of summer squash, this sour, spicy snack is for you.