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Unusual Jam Recipes

Basic Unusual Jam Recipe

If you're like unusual jam recipes you're in the right place! From corn cob jam to bourbon jelly to banana jam to bacon jelly to T.O.E. jam!

Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Steeping Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 35 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 835 kcal
Author Debra Maslowski


  • 2 cups of whatever you'll be making the jelly from (see below)
  • 2.5 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (or some other type of acid)
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter
  • 4 cups organic sugar (or part sugar and part sugar substitute)
  • 1 box powdered pectin (or the equivalent of natural pectin. *See notes below)


  1. Place the plant material in a glass or stainless steel bowl, cover with the boiling water, and let it steep for 5-6 hours or overnight.
  2. Strain, squeezing as much of the liquid out of the plant material as possible. If there is not enough liquid, add water to make 2.25 cups.
  3. Pour your liquid, along with the rest of the ingredients into a large pot, bring to a boil, and stir.
  4. Simmer for a minute or so, until all of the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Pour the jelly into clean, sterilized jars, making sure the rims are clean and leave about 1/4" headroom.
  6. Screw the caps on and process in a hot water bath for about 10 minutes.


This will make about 5 half-pint jars.

Most of the jellies that I'm going to list will be able to be made with the same basic recipe. You may need to add, reduce, or delete some of the sugar or the other ingredients, but they will all basically be the same.

Tip: you can use less sugar if you use Pomona's Universal Pectin and their base recipes.

Nutrition Facts
Basic Unusual Jam Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 ounce)
Calories 835 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 48mg2%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 217g72%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 164g182%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.