There's nothing more delicious than fresh cherry berry jam smeared on crunchy sourdough toast with peanut butter. Homemade jam may seem difficult to make; but this small-batch berry jam is super simple to make in only a few steps, and it's bursting with fresh fruity flavor. I'm sure your whole family will love this vibrant, healthy summer jam as much as we do!
Keyword easy fruit jam recipe, healthy jam recipe, homemade jam recipe
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 35minutes
Author Tracy Halasz
3cupscherries (fresh or frozen)
1cupblueberries (fresh or frozen)
2-4tbspjuice from half a lemon
preparing the cherries (or use 4 cups of any fresh/frozen fruit)
Slice clean cherries into 4 pieces, discarding the stems and pits.
cooking (preserving) the jam
Place the cherries and blueberries in a medium saucepan with lemon juice (or any juice: 2 tbsp - 4 tbsp), and maple syrup over medium-high heat.
Bring up to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer (slow boil) for 15 - 30 minutes gently pressing the fruit with a masher or the back of a large slotted spoon. Stir frequently.
The fruit will continue to breakdown and reduce on the stove (it thickens more as it cools). Leave on the heat until close to desired thickness is achieved. This could take more or less time depending on the choice of fruit.
how to tell if the jam is set?
The jam will look thicker/heavier, the liquid will not be watery/loose anymore.
Place a small amount of jam on a plate in the freezer for a few minutes, if it starts to gel, it is ready. If not, continue to cook for a few more minutes.
Some fruit takes 30 minutes or more to reduce - it depends on the size and type of fruit, how juicy it is, and how hot your stove is.
Pro Tip: After you've made this jam a few times, you will instinctively know when it's ready!
Taste and adjust sweetness and tartness levels as desired for personal preference.
chia seed jam option
If using the chia seed thickening method, stir them in (~2 tbsp) once the fruit is broken down.
jarring the jam
Remove from heat and let cool completely.
Transfer cooled jam to a glass jar with a lid and store in the fridge or a freezer-friendly container and store in the freezer.
This jam / fruit compote is very adaptable. Use 4 cups of any berries you enjoy (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, etc). Slice larger pieces of fruit or hard fruit like cranberries in half.Depending how hot your stove is and what fruit you choose, it may take longer to get the consistency you desire for the jam. The jam continues to thicken as it cools.Adding chia seeds is an optional method to thicken the jam.This small-batch, fresh berry jam keeps well in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for 3 months.Yield: ~1 ¼ cups of jam (depending how much you reduce it).