The garden is producing cucumbers at an alarming rate this year. It’s a good problem to have and while we’re eating many salads and snacking rather constantly on the slicing types, there are still so many. We’ve made pickles and shared cucumbers with the neighbors too. Still so many. I wanted to try something a little different and wondered about cucumber jam. I found a few recipes online but most weren’t exactly what I had in mind. I particularly love the combination of mint and cucumber and as I have both growing in abundance, Cucumber Mint Jam was made and enjoyed.
I did use pectin in this recipe instead of cooking until gel point is reached. I didn’t want to cook the cucumbers to death. I used pickling cucumbers but slicing cucumbers would work too, I think they would likely mash up better as they tend to be softer and juicer. Use whatever is on hand. Not a mint fan – skip or add some other herb that is more favored.
Cucumber Mint Jam
- 4 Cups Chopped Cucumber, peeled & seeded
- 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
- 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 4 Cups Sugar
- 1 Box (1.75 oz) of Powdered Pectin
- 3 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Mint
- In a large pot, combine cucumbers, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and pectin. Bring to boil, mashing slightly with a spoon. Keep at a rolling boil for 1 minute.
- Add the sugar, all at once and bring to a boil again. Boil for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat, skim off foam. Stir in mint.
- Pour into jars, leaving 1/4" headspace. Process for 10 minutes (adjusting for elevation) in a boiling water bath.
How to Use Cucumber Mint Jam
This isn’t a jam, that a person is likely to slather on a peanut butter sandwich. It is a jam, however; that would:
- make an excellent sandwich with some goat cheese and / or turkey
- go wonderfully with some cheese and crackers
- be delightful mixed in with some plain yogurt for a sweet / savory and filling lunch or snack
- mix up well in this vinaigrette recipe (just swap out the strawberry jam for the cucumber mint)
Before all those summer cucumbers fade away consider whipping up some jam with this easy and quick recipe.
What’s your favorite way to use up over abundant cucumbers?
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