Do you love eating toast slathered with jam? What about peanut butter and jelly? Well I have good news for you: Jam is super easy to make at home! All you need is fruit (frozen or fresh – or even a combo of both), some sugar, and a little bit of water. It's super rewarding to make and totally beats store bought jam because there's no possibility of icky ingredients sneaking their way into your jam (like corn syrup – yuck). Since I have a weakness for berries (even though strawberries aren't real berries), I chose to feature strawberries and blueberries in this jam. It's super tasty and super fresh. I love eating it while it's still warm, but it tastes great after its been chilled too. Ready to have a taste?
- 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1/3 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- A pinch of cinnamon
Note: This recipe should make about 2 cups of jam, so make sure you have a glass jar that's big enough to contain it without overflowing. You can halve it or double it to make less or more, depending on what you're looking for.
- Add the water, blueberries, and strawberries to a pot on medium heat. Using a wooden spoon, mix everything together.
- Add the sugar and pinch of cinnamon. Mix it in well with the other ingredients. You can cover the pot with a lid to help the fruit soften faster, but it's not necessary. Make sure to stir with a spoon occasionally to help break up fruit chunks.
- Keep stirring and mixing the blend together for 30 minutes to an hour. Only remove from heat once the mixture becomes thick and the fruit is broken into tiny pieces. Expect an occasional big chunk or two (which you can break up using the wooden spoon), but all fruit chunks should be miniscule and small by now.
- Pour your freshly made jam into a clear glass of your choice. I used a glass bottle that used to contain organic iced tea, so feel free to save an empty glass bottle for this jam too! Feel free to use immediately, while it's still warm, or store in the fridge to cool. Either way, enjoy!