Homemade Raspberry or Blackberry Jam, findingoiirwaynow.comHomemade Raspberry or Blackberry Jam is the simplest thing ever to make.

Summer is coming to a close and the local farmers markets are in full swing. Some are more like street fairs and have a lot more to offer than just fresh produce. My neighbor and I decided it was time to visit Lodi, CA. and their farmers market. The farmers market is open in the evening. They shut down the main street to allow the venders and visitors to enjoy the whole experience. We always have a great time when we go. On this occasion, I had gone for very specific items. I wanted to buy some fresh fruit to make a simple homemade raspberry or blackberry jam.

My very first experience with making this jam was out of necessity. I had a large amount of raspberries that I needed to do something with. I went in search of a jam recipe but found little that didn’t seem messy and difficult. I found a version in the Sure-Jell Fruit Pectin package of all things. I tweaked and narrowed it done to make it work for my quantity of berries.

I now love to make this quick and easy jam, especially when the fruit is at its peak. Once you’ve tasted your own, it’s really hard to buy it at the store off the shelf.

Simple Homemade Raspberry or Blackberry Jam


Homemade Raspberry or Blackberry Jam, findingoiirwaynow.com

    • 2 1/2 cups crushed fresh berries (maintain the juice from crushing the berries)
    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • 2 1/4 teaspoons  Pectin
    • 1/4 teaspoon butter
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 5 sterilized 4 oz jars with lids


Blend 1 1/4 tablespoons sugar and 2 1/4 teaspoons pectin. Combine the pectin sugar mixture with the crushed berries (with their juice) and bring to a rolling boil. Stir and boil for 1 minute. Add remaining sugar, lemon juice and butter. Bring back to a rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute stirring continuously. Remove the jam from the heat, and carefully spoon it into clean sterilized jars. Once cooled, label and freeze for later use.

Notes: You can use other types of berries or stone fruits. The recipe will work just the same. If you like your jam a little sweeter add a bit more sugar. If you want a little more tartness, you can add a bit more lemon. However, be careful not to add too much of either. I use small, heavy sided jars that can be found at Cost Plus/World Market to store and freeze my homemade jams.

Homemade Raspberry or Blackberry Jam, findingoiirwaynow.comThis is not a difficult recipe, one of the many reasons I love it. You will really enjoy the fresh tart taste this homemade raspberry or blackberry jam recipe imparts. I always make small batches and put it in small jars making for a great presentation. It is a wonderful addition to breakfast with a good bread, homemade biscuits or scones. I have a friend who will eat it by itself with a spoon. She says it’s that delicious and “who needs toast“.

If you find that you have a large amount of fruit that you need to use or lose, this homemade raspberry or blackberry jam recipe is one you might want to consider. Enjoy.

If you enjoyed this recipe check out this Simple Freah Fig Jam Recipe, it’s just as good.

Happy cooking…

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  • http://twitter.com/geekgirlusa Cheryl Therrien

    This brought back memories. I used to make jams and jellies all the time, in a previous life. :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Cheryl, Ah, I am so glad I was able to bring back some good memories. I hope you find a little time to revisit making some of this easy jam. :-)

  • HB

    Oh WOW! I want to make this like right now. It does look pretty easy and I bet they’re really good just like your pickles and roasted tomatoes. I made those and they are to die for.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hello HB, You will love these jams. They are as good if not better then the pickles and dried roasted tomatoes. Happy Dance from me to you. :-)

  • Jeannette Paladino

    Susan — you always have such mouthwatering recipes. I live in NY and it seems like there are fruit and vegetable vendors on every corner. I stock up on berries several times a week — I’m a devoted fan of raspberries and blueberries, and this recipe does seem quite simple.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jeannette, What a very kind thing to say… :D. I so love any kind of berry. Like you, raspberries and blueberries are my fav. I do hope you give these a try. I think you would really enjoy them. :)

  • http://twitter.com/SarahSimplyMe Sarah

    OooH! Going to so try this! I’ve been craving jam but just never get around to buying it. ;) I think I’ll TRY to make the time to buy these ingrediants. :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Sarah, It’s really good and couldn’t be easier. The biggest challenge I have with this jam is keeping in stock… LOL.

      • http://twitter.com/SarahSimplyMe Sarah

        I made the Jam this morning. It’s cooling. I just wanted to make sure about something.. :) For the Pectin I noticed two measurements: 2 1/4 tablespoons pectin and the 2 1/4 teaspoons pectin. I used the teaspoons.. I hope that was the correct one. It smells yummy, and I took a little taste too. ;) Yummy! Can’t wait for it to cool!! :)

        • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

          You’re correct, it’s 2 1/4 teaspoons not tablespoons. I need to correct that in the recipe. I can’t wait to hear what you think. :-)

          • http://twitter.com/SarahSimplyMe Sarah

            It’s only cooled a little. But I put some on toast and LOVE IT! Perfect! I am totally with your friend too. haha I just want to eat it out of the jar. :) Noah thinks it’s very yummy too. He sat next to me and we both enjoyed a piece of toast. :)

          • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

            That is so cool. I have some peaches I’ll be making jam with. Do you think I should post that?

          • http://twitter.com/SarahSimplyMe Sarah

            Sure! :) I love peaches!

          • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

            That is so cool. I have some peaches I’ll be making jam with. Do you think I should post that?

  • http://twitter.com/JeriWB Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I have a sister and a friend who make jam, so I will pass this along to them. Then maybe I will get to partake of the jam they make from your recipe!

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      That is really cool. If your friend or sister make this jam. Please let me know what they and you think. :-)

  • http://joannerambling.wordpress.com/ Jo-Anne

    Now this does sound like a simple recipe

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      It really is, give a try. :)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bethany.lee.77 Bethany Lee

    Frozen, not canned . . . interesting!!

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      It really is that easy and lovely on toast or in yogurt parfaits. I just made a parfait with my jam that’s why I threw that in. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.huff.5 Patrick Huff

    Yeah. looking good.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      It is easy and good, my favorite combination. Give it a try. :-)

  • Lubna

    I love jam, and farmer’s markets.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Lubna, You’d like this the jam and our Farmer’s Markets too. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/maryfarquhar Along Comes Mary

    I have never tackled homemade jam myself, but I love when others do!;)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      It’s so easy and so much better then store bought. Give it a try. :-)

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    Looks yummy! I’ve been wanting to make some jam. Maybe I will try it in the spring.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      It is that and is really easy to make. I know you would love it. BTW: fall has some great fruit that make awesome jams. :-)