This Homemade Mixed Berry Jam recipe is so delicious you’ll want to put it on everything from pancakes and toast to waffles and ice cream. Or eat it right from the jar!
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Homemade Mixed Berry Jam
This time of year is one of my favorites! Sweet fresh fruit is in season! It’s become a tradition for our family to pick fresh berries on Father’s Day from the local farms around the area. We have our favorites for different kinds of fruit. One farm in particular has blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and even marion berries all ripe at the same time! That’s why we had to make Homemade Mixed Berry Jam!
With all the strawberries we picked this year (in 90 degree heat, mind you), I made Strawberry Chia Seed Jam. Without any added refined sugar, this stuff is healthy and amazing!
Traditional jam making is so wonderful because you get to enjoy fresh fruit all winter long. My son is famous for making peanut butter sandwiches just about every day for school. And yep, he uses the homemade mixed berry jam to make them extra delicious.
This jam is actually amazing on everything from pancakes and waffles to toast and ice cream. Not to mention yogurt parfaits!
We make a big batch because it’s also great for homemade gifts.
Christmas gifts. Hostess gifts. Teacher gifts. You name it, this jam make a great gift for it 🙂
This year I tried something a little different. I didn’t use pectin. I saw so many recipes that didn’t call for it, so I decided to give it a try. I prefer to keep the sugar to a minimum, so I went with a recipe with a high ratio of berries to sugar.
It turned out perfect. You can totally experiment with different ratios of fruit depending on your preference and what’s ripe at the time.
Having the berries marinate in the sugar prior to cooking really brings out the flavorful fruit juices.
Tips: The fruit tends to bubble up while cooking. Just remove the foam with a spoon. Also, since this is a low sugar, pectin free recipe, it tends to be a little runnier than traditional version.
If you’ve never canned anything before, don’t be afraid to start. Once you know the basics, you’ll be on your way to canning all your summer fruit and much more!
The benefits of Canning:
- Gain control of the ingredients, including organic fruits and vegetables.
- Preserve foods at their freshest point, which locks in nutrition.
- The final product is chemical and preservative free.
- Store-bought brands just can’t match the wonderful flavor of homemade!
Basic Canning Supplies:
- Mason Jars – either 1/2 pint or 8 oz jars work well
- Funnel – for filling regular and wide mouth canning jars
- Jar lifter – easily removes hot jars from canner
- Magnetic lid lifter – removes canning lids from hot water
- Bubble remover – for releasing trapped air bubbles
A great resource to get you started with all the basic of home preserving and step by step instruction is The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving: Over 350 of the Best Canned, Jammed, Pickled, and Preserved Recipes.
Blueberries are just about to come into season, so the canning supplies will be coming out again soon! Did I mention I love this time of year??
Have you canned jam before? What other fruits or vegetables do you preserve?
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