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Save Summer in a Jar

There’s so much to love about the flavors and colors of summer, especially the bounty of ripe, delicious fruits and vegetables available. Fiery peppers, crunchy cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and sweet strawberries are just a few examples of produce at its peak during the warmest months of the year. These seven pickled and preserved recipes capture the best of the season, so you can savor summer well past Labor Day.

Pennsylvania Dutch Chow Chow

This colorful combo hailing from Pennsylvania Amish country works as both crunchy condiment and stand-alone side. Five kinds of veggies and kidney beans pickled with spices bring major zing to sandwiches, BBQ, and beyond.

Slow Cooker Tomato and Onion Chutney

This intriguing, sweet-tangy chutney gets its flavor from ripe tomatoes, onions, and Granny Smith apples. The warm spice of fresh ginger and black pepper with tangy cider vinegar and sweet brown sugar makes a delicious addition to cheese plates and grazing boards and a stellar spread for sandwiches and roasts.

Quick Pickled Green Beans

This tasty, low-calorie snack is perfect for mid-afternoon munchies and game-changing Bloody Marys. The easy brine with fresh dill, garlic, and black peppercorns also works for quick pickling cucumber, carrots, and summer squash.

Spicy Pickled Radishes and Cucumbers

Add a pop of color and peppery flavor to the pickle jar for a one-of-a-kind condiment that’s delicious on BBQ, burgers, and more. Crunchy radish rounds are delicious alongside traditional cucumbers pickled with the kick of star anise, jalapeno, and garlic.

Strawberry Vanilla Freezer Jam

These easy-peasy preserves come together in the freezer, no cooking or complicated canning required. Just add pectin to mashed strawberries flavored with vanilla, lemon juice, and sugar for a bright, fruity jam that keeps for up to three months.

Quick Tomato Relish

This chunky, tangy-sweet tomato relish gives ketchup a run for its money. Peak season tomatoes cooked with garlic, ginger, and the gentle heat of red pepper flakes makes a versatile condiment that’s delicious with grilled meat, chicken, and veggies.

Super Quick Hot Pepper Relish

Serve up summer heat – on sausages, sandwiches, roasts, and more – even when it’s cold outside. Ten minutes of prep is all you need for this fiery jalapeno relish with tomatoes and tangy shallots.

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