4 c. fresh raspberries
1 c. granulated sugar
Juice of 1 lemon (or 2 Tbsp. lemon juice)
Lemon zest (optional)
Since raspberries contain natural pectin, you should have no problem getting your jam to thicken up. Just be sure to stir it constantly and keep an eye on it to avoid burning.
1. Combine ingredients – in a medium saucepan, combine raspberries, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest (optional).
2. Mash ingredients – Mash thoroughly using a potato masher or fork.
3. Cook the jam – Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and cook 15-20 minutes, stirring often. You will know jam is ready when it thickens and darkens in color.
4. Cool and store – Remove from heat and let jam cool 30 minutes before transferring to sterile glass jars.
Raspberry Jam is a deliciously simple treat that takes any breakfast to the next level. Made with just 3 ingredients, it’s easy to make and perfect for spreading on toast, bagels, scones, or muffins. If you love jam, try homemade! I guarantee… you’ll never look back.
For best results, you’ll want to use fresh ripe raspberries (either store bought or freshly picked). You can also use frozen raspberries if there are no fresh ones available.
This recipe calls for 1 cup of granulated sugar, but you can choose to use more or less depending on how sweet you like your jam. I found that this ratio allowed the raspberry flavor to shine through without being overpowered by sweetness. However, tastes vary quite a bit from one person to another, so feel free to experiment to find the proportions that work well for you.
Raspberry Jam is a classic, but there’s always room for a little bit of fun. If you’re looking to switch things up, try one of these ideas!
Use a combination of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries
Add more or less sugar to adjust sweetness
Substitute orange or lime juice for the lemon juice
Sweeten with maple syrup instead of sugar
Add a splash of Limoncello or Chambord liqueur just after removing jam from heat
Raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice in saucepan