Making jam seems to be my preferred Sunday afternoon activity. There’s something relaxing and comforting about getting a pot of fruit bubbling on the stove and relaxing on the couch while it fills your house with the scent of berries and maple. This recipe especially, is so simple. No slicing and dicing, just a quick rinse and a toss in the pot, and you let your stove top do the rest.
This recipe calls for fresh berries and I already had some (surprisingly) delicious fresh blueberries in my fridge (thanks to an awesome sale from my grocer) but since I didn’t have any fresh strawberries I used a bag of frozen ones instead. To my delight the frozen ones worked great, I just needed to add a few minutes to the simmering time. I imagine you could use all frozen berries and have it turn out, as long as you feel comfortable going by sight rather than cooking time. Allow them to thaw first and don’t drain away any of the tasty juices.
One of the big draws to me for this jam was that it uses maple to sweeten it, instead of sugar. By now I’m sure you’ve noticed my love of anything maple. It adds just a little something extra to the jam and it’s not overly sweet like some homemade pectin-free jams seem to be. I also love that it makes such a small amount. It feels like no work and you get delicious results in no time.
We enjoyed it while it was still warm, wrapped up in fresh crepes with a side of bacon. Mmm.
Mixed Berry Jam
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered (about 4 cups)
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Place berries in a medium-sized saucepan, lightly mash berries. Add remaining ingredients and bring the mixture to a simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 50-55 minutes or until the mixture passes the jam test (below). Cool completely before storing, covered, in the fridge for up to 1 month. Freeze for longer storage.
This applies to any jam that is made without using pectin.
Place a small plate in the freezer while you make your jam. Once you think the jam is ready place a dollop on the frozen plate and return to the freezer for two minutes. Remove the plate from the freezer and push through the jam with your finger, there should be a slight film on top that wrinkles as you push. If it’s not ready yet, boil it for a few more minutes and repeat the test.
Makes approximately: 1 1/2 cups
Adapted from Giada at Home.