I have a sweet tooth, and so does my family. One go-to sweet for us is fruit jam. We use jam on toast, yogurt and granola, and with cheese and crackers. We love our tasty homemade jam. Sumer time is perfect to a make jam from fresh berries available in our local farmer’s market.
A week ago I found some beautiful, fresh strawberries in the market and decided to make a mixed berry jam. I used a combination of strawberries and wild blueberries. These are some of my favorite berries. It’s very simple to make and has tons of flavors. You have to give it a try. Make sure to use the freshest berries you can get.
- 4 cups fresh strawberries, stemmed and cut into chunks
- 2 cups wild blueberries
- 1 cup of turbinado sugar
- 2 tablespoons of lime juice
- Take a heavy bottom pan and add all the berries in it.
- Next, add the sugar and lime juice to the berries.
- Mix the berries together, mashing them slightly.
- Put the pan on the stove, turn on the heat, and bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Stir the berry and sugar mixture occasionally until the berries are cooked and the mixture becomes thick. This should take about 45 to 50 minutes.
- Cool the jam to room temperature and refrigerate it in an air-tight jar.
The jam will stay good for a month, but I doubt you’ll have any left!
A Cook’s notes:
- I like my jam chunky. If you like yours smooth then blend the berries in the blender before cooking.
- You can substitute wild blueberries with regular blueberries or blackberries.
- The amount of sugar used in the recipe makes a moderately sweet jam. Add 1/4 cup of sugar if you want it to be sweeter.
- Replace the sugar with an equal amount of pure maple syrup to make maple flavored berry jam.
- I like to add herbs to my jam. Sometimes I add 2 tablespoons of chopped lemon thyme in this jam.