Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mixed Berry Jam

I was cleaning out my freezer recently and found a couple bags of berries - strawberries, raspberries & blueberries to be precise. I freeze these when we get them in abundance & typically use them to whip up smoothies... But now that the cold weather is upon us, smoothies are the last thing on my mind and so I decided to make a jam using them instead. It came together really easily and now i look forward to my breakfast of toasted whole wheat bread, jam & scrambled egg with a mug of ovaltine/boost. Btw, I owe the colour to the addition of blueberries - gave it a nice, deep & intense look.



Strawberries - about 1.5 cups, chopped
Raspberries - about half cup
Blueberries - about half cup
Apple - half, peeled, cored & chopped into small cubes
Sugar - 1.5 cups (adjust based on sweetness of fruit)

1) In a fairly deep pot, combine the strawberries, raspberries & sugar and put it on the stove on medium heat until it comes to a boil.

2) Add the chopped apple & blueberries and continue boiling the mixture for about 20 minutes or so, stirring often until it reaches 220F on the candy thermometer. I like a bit of texture in the jam so mashed the fruit a bit with the back of the spoon and didn't make it smooth.

Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight (glass) container/bottle and refrigerating.

NOTE: I would highly recommend buying/using a candy thermometer because it's inexpensive (approx US$4) and takes out a lot of the guesswork about the right time to pull things off the stove.


  1. I am not such a huge fan of jams &its a good change once in a while

  2. Hmmmm.... Awesome spread of the jam... Very well clicked to make us get the feel of it... Right now I'm hogging some biscuits....Tempted to spread the jam on them & savor...


  3. youve convinced me to buy a candy thermometer!

  4. Such a yummy looking jam..looks gr8..

  5. umm i guess hve to look for candy thermometer,...

  6. Love the colour and jam looks so so yumm.

  7. Nothing like home made jam. Laavanya, yours looks great.

  8. That looks good! It looks like you didn't add any pectin. What was the final consistency like?

  9. Homemade preserve is great way to control the sugar! Looks perfect!

  10. Wow wat a delicious and eyecatching berry jam, i too love to make out jams by myself at home..

  11. Amma used to make jams at home only..Pretty color Lavanya..Btw How r u?Congrats on ur new addition!!!

  12. Jam looks mouthwatering,for me its always Kissan mixed fruit ;)

  13. wow..all the sure it tastes awesome..

  14. Thank you everyone.

    Ashkuku - jam & biscuits are yum.. i spread jam on marie biscuits for a snack.

    A&N, i think the apple did the trick because the consistency was pretty thick. Also, it's impt to have the jam at a rolling boil when cooking.

    Kamala, good to see you again. We are doing good. Thank you :)

    Raks, my husband is also a die-hard fan of Kissan mixed fruit. None of the jams here come close to it.


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