I went all suzy-home-maker in my kitchen the other day and decided to make my own jam! Best part NO canning required! Another added perk, besides the jam of course, it only takes about 15 mins!
You can use fresh or frozen berries of your choice. Heat the berries over the stove, mash them up, and add maple syrup or honey, and the chia seeds. The chia seeds thicken the jam in minutes! I also like to stir in a little pure vanilla extract for flavor. Voila! That is it! Once it’s thickened, pour the jam into a glass jar and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. The jam is delicious on toast, pancakes, waffles, stirred into oatmeal, yogurt,or for the classic PB&J!
✔️1 lb blackberries (I used a bag of frozen mixed berries)
✔️2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup OR honey (depending on how sweet you like your jam)
✔️3 tablespoons chia seeds
✔️1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. In a medium-sized pot, bring the blackberries to a low boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the berries soften, about 5 minutes. Lightly mash the blackberries with a potato masher or fork. Leave some berries in chunks for texture.
2. Stir in the maple syrup and chia seeds. Cook the jam on low until it thickens, about 5-7 minutes. Make sure you stir the jam so it doesn’t sitck.
3. Remove the jam from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let jam cool to room temperature. Pour in a glass jar or air-tight container and store in the refrigerator. The jam will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Note-you can sweeten the jam with honey, agave, or another sweetener if you wish. You can find chia seeds at most grocery stores. We buy them in bulk from Amazon. You can freeze the jam in an air-tight container.
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