Homemade Jam- Super Easy

homemade jamWe had our super-easy- poor-man’s homemade jam, and now we have our real berry, thick, no sugar added homemade jam.  This jam isn’t exactly cheap to make.  I bought a package of pectin that was $3, and I got this jar plus another 1 cup of jam.  Plus the cost of the berries, and jam made with high fructose corn syrup somehow becomes the cheaper alternative.  When compared with commercial-all-fruit style jams however, it is definitely cheaper.  J-Week continues with JAM~!

No-Sugar Homemade Berry Jam Recipe

  • 5 cups berries (I used frozen strawberries and blackberries)
  • 1 package “No Sugar Needed” Fruit Pectin (Sure-Jell 1.75 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup water

Place frozen berries in a pot and begin to simmer.  Once berries begin to break down and defrost, pour berries into a blender and pulse until desired consistency.  Return berries to pot, add water and pectin and bring to a boil.  Boil for 1 minute.  Skim foam off the top.  Pour into prepared jars.

This jam set up super quickly. I tried it with using only a few teaspoons of regular pectin, and 12 hours later, it was still runny.  Other than that, I don’t see how you could go wrong.  This jam is perfect for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and should last us quite awhile!

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According to Wikipidia, the average North American child will consume 1500 PB&J’s before graduating high school! LOL  This makes it even more important to healthify the classic sandwich!

  • Replacing sugar infused, commercially prepared peanut butter with homemade nut butters may have the biggest impact on the overall nutrient density of this sandwich. So, how do you healthify this fave?
  • Replace sugar added jam, with jam prepared with only fruit.
  • Use whole wheat bread, or homemade bread.

And if you want to go beyond the normal.  Here are some other variations on the sandwich kids might like!

  • Peanut Butter swirl sandwiches (made with whole wheat cinnamon bread, peanut butter and jelly)
  • Peanut butter and sliced apples on whole wheat bread (Meal Makeover Mom’s)
  • Peanut butter, raisins and banana on whole wheat pita (MMM)
  • Peanut butter and honey (or agave). We eat these often!
  • PB&J on a whole wheat waffle
  • Nut butter and applesauce
  • Grilled or toasted peanut butter and jelly
  • Peanut butter and Jelly Truffles
  • Peanut butter and Nutella
  • Soy nut butter with berries
  • A triple decker PB&J- Crust cut off, sliced into squares and skewered!
  • And the weirdest way- My husband eats his Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in a bowl of milk, with a fork!

Do you make your own jam yet?

written by
Amy Roskelley

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Areen says:

This recipe makes one jar ?

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Amy says:

Kat- If your grocery store has a canning aisle, I find it there. I also find it by the puddings/ gelatin.

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Nic says:

Yes. THis is the recipe I remember. If I can find some organic frozen berries, I’ll never have to purchase jam again. I started saving my glass jars from my peanut butter so I wont have to buy any extra supplies! Thanks!

Amy says:

I didn’t add water till after I blended up the berries (so it WAS just the berries until they started to break down. I put all extra in the fridge, which is why I don’t make too much at once. I’m sure it would freeze well in a freezer safe container. You could also boil the jars in a hot water bath until you get a seal, although I have only done this with canning peaches.
And yes, I have tried many fruit combinations and we love blackberries and strawberries the best!

I think it’s just easiest to make one jar at a time (it lasts us almost a month in the fridge)
Good luck!

Alisa says:

Question – so when you add the strawberries to the pot you don’t add any water right? Also, how to do you preserve the extra jars? Freeze them? And lastly – would this work with any fruit combo (say rasberries and peach)? Thanks, I’m really loving your site.

Zak says:

Thanks for posting this, I can’t wait to try it!

Nisha says:

I’m linking up to this on Saturday! The first time I thought about making homemade jam, I was shocked and appalled at the thought of putting twice as much SUGAR in as fruit?! Hello – sicko! We just bought the strawberry add-on from Bountiful Baskets. I’ll be making strawberry jam for the first time!

Michelle says:

I will definitely be making this a long with your homemade granola this week!

Tonie says:

I don’t make my own jam, but I should. Thanks for the idea. We buy organic and it’s so pricey. Costco used to have a HUGE jar of organic strawberry jam, that did have sugar, but berries are so high in pesticides that I bought it anyway. They’ve discontinued the product! I know you can use old fruit alone or with a little sweetener and just melt it in a sauce pan, but that is more preserves than jelly. Never thought of adding pectin!

Amy says:

I’m so jealous Marissa, we haven’t got strawberries yet, but soon! It really was easy! Thanks Kathie and Jeana

Kathie says:

This looks super easy! I can’t wait to try it.

jeana says:

thank you! you’ve inspired me to make yogurt, granola, and now jam. saves about $30!

marissa says:

ahh, we have tons of fresh frozen strawberries that we picked last week…they’ll be perfect for this super easy jam! THANKS FOR SHARING 🙂

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