Side Dishes

Homemade Berry Jam

You guys it is so easy to make your own jam that there is no excuse not to! Ditch the jars full of preservatives and unnecessary excessive amounts of sugar. All you need is 10 minutes of your time and some fresh ingredients! I had some blueberries and blackberries in the fridge that have been there for over a week. I didn’t want those beauties to go bad so I made a jam; a delicious jam to say the least.

Jams are simply delightful on a piece of toast with butter. They are a delectable flavorful topping for ice cream, oatmeal and even cheesecake! I actually will be using this same jam to top a Greek yogurt cheesecake I will be working on very soon. This is not to be confused with jelly which is usually much thicker than a jam. You also don’t have to use the exact berries that I did; that is just what I had available. I don’t see why you cant do the same for strawberries and/or raspberries!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: about 1 pint

Ingredients

1 pint of blueberries

1 pint of blackberries

1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar (depending how sweet you like your jam)

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  • In a bowl, add the fresh berries and pour the sugar over the top. Set aside and allow the sugar to be absorbed by the berries. This should take about 10 minutes.
  • Then place berries in a pot over medium heat and bring to boil. Add the salt, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Lower the heat so the mixture simmers for 15-20 minutes and naturally starts to break down the berries and slightly thicken. Do not be alarmed if the mixture has lots of liquid; this will thicken for the most part especially after being placed in the fridge to cool.
  • If berries haven’t broken down, you can help the process by gently smashing the berries with a wooden spoon.
  • Remove jam from heat and pour into a jar or container. It will cool and thicken in the fridge. It can stay in the fridge for up to 3 weeks!

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