DIY Jelly Bar for Summer

The growing seasons of spring, summer and fall are all perfect jam-making seasons.  From florals in the spring, to berries in the summer to the grand finale of grapes dripping from the vines and the bushels of apples harvested in fall, there are plenty of delicious options for making your own sweet condiments.  Thanks to sugar, homemade jellies and jams are less likely to have issues with various bacterias/botulism than typical canned vegetables (beans,potatoes, corn, etc.).  This makes jam the PERFECT place to start your experimentation with canning!

In my book, Crafting with Nature, I give a recipe for a classic grape jelly, along with a fun "red-white and blue" berry jelly that you might want to try.  THIS is my favorite simple strawberry jam recipe and HERE is one of my favorite Nest posts ever; How to make Lilac and Redbud Jelly.

A summer Jelly and Jam tasting Bar by Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature Lilac Jelly Redbud Jam

Even more fun than making delicious caned jellies?  

Creating a JELLY BAR!

A summer Jelly and Jam tasting Bar by Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature Lilac Jelly Redbud Jam

See those biscuits?  
They are simply grands, cut into triangular fourths with scissors or a knife and are the perfect
 "tester-size" bun for trying out a whole lineup of yummy jams and jellies.

A summer Jelly and Jam tasting Bar by Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature Lilac Jelly Redbud Jam

Little hands won't be able to resist :)

A summer Jelly and Jam tasting Bar by Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature Lilac Jelly Redbud Jam

You might go a little further and make a PB&J bar or break out the peacocks for a grand picnic party 
or perhaps just let the kids go a little wild on a summer afternoon dipping and munching!

A summer Jelly and Jam tasting Bar by Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature Lilac Jelly Redbud Jam

Happy Tasting!


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