Quick & Easy Raspberry Jam – no pectin

Quick & Easy Raspberry Jam - no pectin! @FabFood4All

Quick & Easy Raspberry Jam

Last week I stumbled across £11 worth of raspberries for 11p so today I’m bringing you Quick & Easy Raspberry Jam which as usual uses no commercial pectin or jam sugar just lemon juice (which is high in pectin). I prefer to keep my jams as natural as possible with a soft set so always use lemon juice as the source of pectin and I think it probably gives jams a more vibrant flavour and colour.

Quick & Easy Raspberry Jam - no pectin! @FabFood4All

As my raspberries were a day past their sell by date (by the time I used them) I not only needed to rinse them but needed to bathe them in a large salad spinner full of water to help me pick out the bad ones. There were 100 g of iffy raspberries which left me with 800g. It’s usually best to make jam with ‘just ripe’ fruit as the pectin levels are higher but at this price I wasn’t going to be fussy, plus raspberries don’t contain much pectin to start with. So given the age and wetness of my raspberries (even after spinning) I think my jam took longer than usual to get to setting point. Hence I have advised testing from 7 minutes in the recipe to take this into account.

Quick & Easy Raspberry Jam - no pectin! @FabFood4All

My whole family were blown away by my Quick & Easy Raspberry Jam, it’s seriously good. If you compare it to shop bought jam, well, there is no comparison! If you’ve never made jam before then you really need to change this state of affairs to start enjoying jam at its best! Previously I made Seedless Raspberry Jam as a treat for hubby but even though he doesn’t like seeds he was soon tucking into this jam with a scone and thoroughly enjoying it!

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Quick & Easy Raspberry Jam - no pectin
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This delicious raspberry jam will have you emptying the jar in no time - seriously good! Made with just 3 ingredients in under 10 minutes.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 2 jars
  • 800g raspberries, rinsed and dried
  • 700g granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp lemon juice
  1. Put the raspberries, sugar and lemon juice into a preserving pan or similar.
  2. Place pan over a gentle heat, stirring occasionally, until all the sugar crystals have dissolved. You can usually tell by running a wooden spoon over the bottom of the pan.
  3. Bring the pan to a rolling boil and time for 7 minutes.
  4. Take pan off the heat and place a few drops of jam onto a chilled saucer.
  5. Place saucer in fridge for about a minute.
  6. Test the set by running your finger through the jam, if it forms a crinkle and is jel like then the jam is ready to pot up.
  7. If the jam isn’t ready continue boiling for another 2 minutes at a time and re-test until ready (mine took 9 minutes).
  8. Use a small ladle to pot up the jam in sterilised jars and seal with lids immediately – makes 2 jars (900 mls in total).
  9. Store in a cool dark place and refrigerate once opened.
Put 2 - 3 saucers in the freezer before you start.
Sterilise 2 x 450 ml jars by washing in hot soapy water (or take straight from dishwasher), fill with boiling water, empty and then place in oven for 20 minutes at 140°C where you leave them until the jam is ready. Washed lids should be sterilised with boiling water and then left to drain.

Here are some more raspberry jam variations::

Easy Seedless Raspberry Jam – Fab Food 4 All

Raspberry & Blackcurrant Jam – Fab Food 4 All

Blackberry & Raspberry Jam – Fab Food 4 All

Strawberry, Raspberry & Redcurrant Jam – Fab Food 4 All

Morello Cherry & Raspberry Jam – The Veg Space

Blackberry & Raspberry Jam – Chez Maximka

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  1. Caroline @ Caroline's Cooking

    Raspberry jam was always one of my favorites growing up, and I am with you on using lemon (my mum and I never used pectin)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Caroline, yes I like to keep things as natural as possible and prefer the soft set I can achieve which jam sugar doesn’t.

  2. Ro

    This looks so delicious! Bookmarked, definitely want to try this 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Great Ro:-)

  3. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    Waste not, want not. Love how you pick up these massive bargains. If only my local Tesco marked items down by so much. No joy.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes I’m very fortunate:-)

  4. Jacqueline Meldrum

    Every time I see this I just think how glorious it looks. You truly are the queen of jams Camilla.

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, thank you Jacs-)

  5. Kavey

    I love making jam with fruit gluts, and getting so many raspberries for just 11p is definitely a fabulous glut!

    1. Camilla

      Yes, love my bargain fruit:-)

  6. Katie Bryson

    This was the first jam my mum taught me how to make, I absolutely love it!!!! I love how vibrant the colour is.

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous Katie, jam is one thing my mum never made! No wonder it took me so long to start making it:-)

  7. Cher

    How do you store this and fir how long will it last unopened? I’m trying it!!!!!!

    1. Camilla

      Hi Cher, jam is best kept in a cool dark place, so a kitchen cupboard is fine and the jam will last a year or longer (it’s been known to keep for years) but it’s so good I don’t think keeping it will be an issue. Once opened and kept in fridge it should be good for at least a couple of months but again, I don’t think that will be an issue:-)

  8. Margaret gallagher

    I’m on a mission to find cheap fruit so I can try thus out too
    Sounds delicious and only 19 minutes too

    1. Camilla

      Great Margaret, good luck:-)

  9. Choclette

    I’ve never made raspberry jam. I always thought it was one of the difficult ones and I won’t use pectin or jam sugar. But now I’m desperate to give your recipe a go – just need to find some cheap raspberries. Have shared this all over the place!

    1. Camilla

      Aaw thanks Choclette:-)

  10. Claire @foodiequine

    My granny made the best Raspberry jam when I was wee. Can’t wait for the Scottish fruit season to kick off so I can get jamming.

    1. Camilla

      Grans make the best everything, period:-)

  11. Antonet Roajer

    I love homemade fruit jams. Yummy!!

    1. Camilla

      They rock don’t they:-)

  12. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    This looks so easy to make and I love that bright vivid colour from the berries.

    1. Camilla

      Yes the colour is so vibrant, I’m sure the lemon juice plays a role in this:-)

  13. Amy Fidler

    What a great recipe x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Amy:-)

  14. Richard Eldred Hawes

    Nan not wait to find some cheap raspberries to try this

    1. Camilla


  15. GALINA V

    OMG, you are the queen of best bargains! 11p for that lot of raspberries! Your jam looks delightful. Thank you for mentioning my recipe too, much appreciated.

    1. Camilla

      I know Galina, I was very lucky. Thanks for your kind words:-)

  16. Kate | The Veg Space

    What a lovely looking jam – I much prefer a soft set too, I usually use jam sugar but have occasionally ended up with jam you could slice so will try your lemon juice method once the raspberries in out garden make an appearance! Yummy.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate, I actually took out my line about stiff jam when I once used jam sugar once as I didn’t want to tread on your toes. It must be possible to make not stiff jam with jam sugar but probably easier to get it wrong if you boil for slightly too long so I just never used it again.

  17. Heather Haigh

    Lovely straightforward recipe, must make some when our raspberries are here.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather:-)

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