28 Good Uses for Jam (Besides Spreading It on Bread)

Updated on June 10, 2019

Jam is traditionally known for being delicious and served on bread or scones. Jams come in many different shapes and forms such as jellies, marmalades, chutneys, fruit butters, fruit spreads, fruit curds, and confits.

Despite all the different variations of this delicious fruit confection, it is essentially always a type of fruit preserve that contains fruit and sugar that are combined with a gelling agent, such as honey or pectin. A jam will last for a long time and can be enjoyed in many more creative ways than simply spreading on bread.

Of course, jam is considered a perfect accompaniment to peanut butter, as many kids and adults alike will gladly testify to. But I suppose that we can only eat so many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before craving something a little different, and so here are a few other good uses for it and ways to make it more interesting when combined with some of your other favorite foods.

28 Good Uses for Jam

  1. Make a jam smoothie: blend your favorite jam with milk, fresh fruit, and yoghurt.
  2. Serve marmalade & cream cheese on crackers.
  3. Use the jam as a glaze for pork or chicken; it can easily be added to BBQ sauce.
  4. Liven up any boring original cheesecake with a dollop of jam on top of the cheesecake.
  5. Spread it between cake layers, for example a Victoria sponge cake.
  6. Gently warm up and thin an apple or peach jam and pour over ice cream for an extra treat.
  7. A simple pancake or waffle topping
  8. It makes great gifts - especially homemade!
  9. Stir into cottage cheese.
  10. Served up some jam with some sliced-up local fruit; simple, but delicious.
  11. Serve a blob of jam in a bowl of oatmeal for a comforting snack; a great food to eat before bed.
  12. Swirl in some strawberry jam to rice pudding.
  13. Buy plain yogurt and add jam for flavoring according to your taste.
  14. Cover a wheel of brie cheese with jam, wrap in puff pastry and bake.
  15. Stir jam into icing for a different and yummy cake topping.
  16. Fill doughnuts!
  17. Make jam-filled butter cookies.
  18. Get the kids to help in the kitchen - mix jam into the pancake batter, you can't go wrong!
  19. Make a simple Jam Tart! All you have to do is fill individual pastry tartlet cases with jam. Nice served warm with a dollop of ice cream on the side!
  20. Make a batch of surprise muffins - half-fill the muffin cups, put in a dob of jam, and then cover the jam with more muffin mix.
  21. Jam makes an easy crepe filling! Top with a spoonful of cream fraiche or whipping cream.
  22. For a flavourful protein shake, blend jam, milk and protein powder.
  23. Use a jelly-type version to sweeten tea instead of sugar or honey.
  24. Mix with oil, vinegar and spices for a sweet salad dressing.
  25. Use jam instead of sugar for making chewy and fruity cookies.
  26. Drizzle warmed-up jam over really hot and spicy chicken wings.
  27. Spoon marmalade over chicken breasts before baking: a really simple glaze.
  28. Make Queen of Puddings, which uses up leftover bread, with jam and eggs.

Jam and Lemon Tarts Recipe

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      • poetryman6969 profile image


        4 years ago

        So many tasty uses for jam! The wife likes smoothies so I will remind her we an use up the jam if we have some left over.

      • shai77 profile image


        6 years ago

        Jam tarts look so yummy. Never thought of a jam smoothie. you have come up with some really creative, original ideas here. I will never look at those assorted jelly & jam gift packs again in the same way, I see so much potential now. Good job on this!

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        7 years ago

        What a super list of good uses for jam! Thanks for putting this together for us. I'm going for the homemade dressing idea too--yum!

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        Vinaya Ghimire 

        7 years ago from Nepal

        I knew some of the uses for jam apart from spreading on bread, but not all.

        Thanks for sharing.

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        7 years ago

        I second the homemade dressing use! Better yet, add the ingredients to the jar when it runs low, shake it up, and voila, salad dressing in a jam jar!

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        Stephanie Henkel 

        7 years ago from USA

        I love jam, especially homemade jam, and have used it in frostings and cookies, but I would never have thought of some of your other suggestions. I love the idea of brie baked with jam! And jam on cheesecake sounds great, especially if it's homemade raspberry jam. Great hub, voted up all the way!

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        Jeannie Marie 

        7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

        These are great ideas. I would have never thought of so many uses for jam. I personally like cherry preserves the best. Voted up and sharing!

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        Brian Leekley 

        7 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

        I have had jam in most of the ways suggested in this hub but learned some new ones. An interesting companion hub might be the berries available in a location and how to make jam from them. For instance, I've had wild blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries in northern Minnesota; thimbleberries in the upper peninsula of Michigan, and wild Idaho mountain Huckleberry's in northern Idaho. Canada has, for instance, bearberries and juniper berries. Someone who both travels and cooks (neither of which I do much of) could combine both in hubs on local foods found in farmers markets and in the woods.

      • princesswithapen profile image


        7 years ago

        I'm going to try the jam smoothie! Bookmarking this.

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        7 years ago

        I make a homemade habanero and orange bell pepper jam that I love to use as a glaze for pork. it's also great with cream cheese on crackers. Jam has a lot of good uses, voted up.

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        Maddie Ruud 

        7 years ago from Oakland, CA

        I LOVE the idea of covering some brie with jam and baking. I bet this would be good with a soft goat cheese as well!

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        Carolee Samuda 

        7 years ago from Jamaica

        These are great suggestions. In addition to the glaze you can also make a sauce. All the ideas you have are really great but I must say, nothing beats peanut butter and jelly...lol..maybe except for the cheesecake and jam!

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Wonderfully creative ideas with jam. I love raspberry and strawberry jam and of course orange marmalade. It does make sense to add some twist to routine foods.

        Voted up, awesome & useful.

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        7 years ago

        What awesome ideas!! And making homemade jam would be cool to do, too. I use jam in recipes for chicken, and for a chocolate raspberry jam glaze on a cake. it's great flavor! Thanks for the tips.

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        Bill Holland 

        7 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I'm never bored spreading jam on biscuits but these are great alternatives.

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        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        How did you come up with all those ideas! Amazing! I especially like the sound of the baked brie pastry. Yummy. I bet jam is good as a glaze over chicken, too. Thanks for the ideas. Another informative and well-presented hub from you--thanks! Sharing! Lots of votes, too!

      • acaetnna profile image


        7 years ago from Guildford

        Brilliant ideas, a great hub. Thank you, I shall definitely bookmark this hub for future reference!

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        Maria Alicia Cardenas 

        7 years ago from Spain

        Great uses for jam.. I use it to make glazes for chiken and pork (my kids love this)., fill crepes and layer cakes and when I make cheesecakes too!!! I will get many of your ideas to use all the jam I have at home!!!

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        Dianna Mendez 

        7 years ago

        We often eat bread with jam and now will include these options as well. I have to try the wings sauce as we eat wings often. Voted up!! Thanks for sharing.

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        7 years ago from Western NC

        I had to bookmark this because there are so many creative uses for jam that I never would have thought of if it weren't for your fabulous hub! Voted up and across!

      • Ruchira profile image


        7 years ago from United States

        Louise, your hubs are so valuable...love them

        i knew most of the uses except making smoothie...seriously never ever gave a thought to it...until now :)

        voted up as interesting and useful

        sharing it!

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        Dexter Yarbrough 

        7 years ago from United States

        Hi Cloverleaf! Jam over hot wings? Are you serious?! Thanks for all the great suggestions! Voted up, up and away!

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        7 years ago from Anaheim CA

        Sure enjoyed your ideas, and plan to try several of them. Thanks for sharing - great hub - voted up!

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        Brenda Barnes 

        7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

        Sometimes I stir a spoonful into hot tea. It melts and adds a wonderful flavor. Thanks for these suggestions you have listed.

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        Michele Travis 

        7 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

        This is a great hub. Never had thought of what to do with jelly or jam until this hub. Am going to try it now. My food gets boring :)

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        Linda Crampton 

        7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        These are great suggestions, Cloverleaf. A few I already follow, but many were new ideas for me. Thanks for answering my question by describing so many ways to use jam!


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