Simple Blueberry Jam – no pectin, just 3 ingredients!

Simple Blueberry Jam - no pectin, ,just 3 ingredients! Fab Food 4 All I have never made blueberry jam before but I’m thrilled to bring you my Simple Blueberry Jam recipe today after a freak bargain find at the weekend! I managed to find 4 trays of blueberries priced up at £3 each for 3p each, there was a whole crate that were on their sell by date. We ate one tray but the rest were destined for jam, although I did have to throw away just over a third of the remainder as they were soft and over ripe which is not good for eating or jam making. However, I’m really not complaining at that price, I’ve never seen blueberries so cheap nor so many of them reduced before!

Simple Blueberry Jam - no pectin, ,just 3 ingredients! Fab Food 4 All

I can’t remember the last time I had blueberry jam but I have never had home-made and I can’t tell you how amazing this Simple Blueberry Jam is, the depth of flavour is incredible totally delicious. I was reading about the pros and cons of pectin use in jam the other day and the point was made that although by using pectin you achieve a shorter cooking time and a slightly higher yield, you don’t get the intensity of flavour that you get with a longer cooking time where more moisture is evaporated away. I had never really thought about this before as I never use pectin or jam sugar in my recipes (well apart from my first ever jam where I used jam sugar but I didn’t like the stiff texture and looking back the flavour was not a patch on my One Punnet Strawberry Jam which just uses lemon juice to aid the setting.

Simple Blueberry Jam - no pectin, ,just 3 ingredients! Fab Food 4 All

Blueberries are naturally low in pectin so apart from using only the firmest just ripe or slightly under ripe fruits you need to add pectin or lemon juice which aids the gelling process by interacting with the sugar. If you’ve never made jam before it’s never too late to learn, I only started making jam in the last 4 years and just got hooked. The important things are to sterilise your jars, freeze some saucer for testing and always stir your jam or you will burn it to the bottom or your pan. If you get the set too runny you can always pour back your jam and boil it up again until it reaches setting point (you get better as judging this as time goes on but I’ve only ever got it wrong once as I like a soft set jam but I pushed the boundary a bit far that time).

Simple Blueberry Jam - no pectin, ,just 3 ingredients! Fab Food 4 All

If you grow your own blueberries or ever see a bargain like mine then I do hope you try my Simple Blueberry Jam which makes one good sized jar but you can always scale the recipe up to make more if you have more!


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Simple Blueberry Jam - no pectin, just 3 ingredients!
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Simple Blueberry Jam has a depth of flavour you will never experience from commercially bought jam, this no pectin recipe is a sure fire winner!
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 1 jar
  • 600g firm blueberries (stalks and mushy ones removed)
  • 400g granulated sugar
  • 1 tblsp fresh lemon juice
  1. Wash the blueberries in a colander.
  2. Put the blueberries, sugar and lemon juice into a preserving pan.
  3. Place the pan over a gentle heat to slowly dissolve the sugar crystals, stirring with a wooden spoon from time to time.
  4. As the sugar starts to melt and the fruit warms up, take a potato masher to mash the blueberries, leaving some whole if desired.
  5. Once the sugar has completely dissolved turn up the heat and bring the pan to a rolling boil and time for 15 minutes, stirring all the while (to prevent the sugar burning on the base).
  6. Take the pan off the heat and test a few drops of the jam on a frozen saucer and place in the fridge for a minute. If when you push your finger through it the jam forms a crinkle and is gel like then it’s ready. Otherwise boil for another couple of minutes and repeat process until ready.
  7. Pot up the jam in a sterilised hot jar using a small ladle or jam funnel.
  8. Screw on lid.
Put 2 saucers in the freezer before you start.
Sterilise 1 x 450 ml jar by washing in hot soapy water or take straight from dishwasher, filling with boiling water, emptying and then placing in oven for 20 minutes at 140°C then leave in oven until jam is ready. Washed lids should be sterilised with boiling water and then left to drain.

For more inspiration with what to do with a glut of blueberries you might like these recipes:

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Fresh Blueberry Flapjacks – Tinned Tomatoes

Blueberry Banana Buckwheat Layer Cake – Domestic Gothess

Blueberry & Blood Orange Smoothie – Recipes from a Pantry

Blueberry & Rose Almond Bars – Tin & Thyme

Blueberry Custard Ice Cream – Kavey Eats

Blueberry Brioche – Patisserie Makes Perfect

Blueberry Orange Upside Down Cakes – Family Friends Food

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  1. Lindy Lou

    Apologies for doubting and contradicting your info but according to my google research (several sources) and my River cottage preserves book blueberries are medium – high in pectin and same for acidity. It decreases if they are over ripe or have been frozen. Pectin helps a jam to set and lemon juice or other acidic liquid helps release the natural pectin from pips, skin etc. The lemon juice itself does not contain pectin.
    Having said this since I have a lot of homegrown blueberries I will be experimenting using your recipe as a starting point and trying different ratios of jam sugar to preserving sugar (rather than granulated as you suggest) to see what works best.
    Will try to remember to let you know how I get on!

    1. Camilla

      Hi Lindy, thanks for your heads up about the lemon juice, I’m afraid I got confused as lemons are high in pectin where it’s found mainly in the pith, seeds and skin but the lemon juice on its own isn’t but reacts with the sugar to form a gel. I’ve amended the copy now. With regard to pectin level of blueberries all my research on the internet said they were low in pectin like in the article in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/mar/10/how-to-make-jam so I stick by that. You’re very lucky to have home grown blueberries, I once had a plant I bought by post but it never got established. I wish you well with your jam making even if you don’t want to try my fabulous recipe:-)

  2. Kathy Vondersaar

    Do the jars need to be put in the fridge right away? How long will they store?

    1. Camilla

      No, you only need to put in the fridge once opened. Jam is best eaten within about a year but can actually keep for years in a cool, dark place. I have a cupboard in my garage where I keep mine.

    2. Camilla

      Oh and once open in the fridge, it’s best to eat within about 3 months:-)

  3. Maria

    I did it!!! I made vegan blueberry jam! My 2 bushes produced so many blueberries that I made a pie, a jar of jam and even ate some!! I used raw cane turbinado sugar for my vegan daughter!

    1. Camilla

      Excellent Maria, so glad you achieved this:-)

  4. karen smith

    Can you use frozen blueberries?

    1. Camilla

      According to this article you can but I’d do it with fruit you picked and frozen yourself, rather than store bought frozen fruit, but it does say it’s best with fresh fruit. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/mar/10/how-to-make-jam

  5. shobha

    Amazing pictures and totally drool worthy! Never made cherry jam before. Simply followed your cherry jam recipe and I must tell you that it turned out fabulous. What sets it apart is the simple no nonsense three ingredient recipe with nothing artificial in it. Thank you very much!

    1. Camilla

      Hi Shobha, this is my Blueberry Jam post, the styling is similar LOL. Perhaps you’d like to leave this comment there for others to enjoy:-) Glad you liked it, maybe you could make this one next:-)

  6. Anyonita

    A few years ago, I made blueberry freezer jam but I’ve not heard of making jam this way! What a neat idea!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Anyonita:-)

  7. Kathryn

    As so many others have commented, your photographs show such amazing depth and richness of color. I too look forward to trying your recipe. Thanks so much. Sharing.

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, thank you so much Kathryn:-)

  8. dkpcrox

    This looks so delicious! I can just imagine spreading it on my crumpets for breakfast! I planted 2 blueberry trees last year so fingers crossed they provide me with enough fruit to give this a try.

    1. Camilla

      Oh how lovely, I never had any success with a blueberry shrub I had once, well it was root send in the post really!

  9. Su Brett

    Such a simple recipe, can’t wait until we pick our blueberries in the summer!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Su, wish I had blueberry bushes!

  10. Amy Fidler

    Love the look of this Jam x thanks for sharing x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Amy, it is wonderful:-)

  11. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    What a bargain! What a jam! The colour is beautiful and it sounds so amazingly delicious! I am imagining it drizzled over pancakes….. on toast….. crumpets….. scones…… ice-cream….. jam tarts…… drool drool….. xx

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate, it is a truly lush jam:-)

  12. Rachel Craig

    Well Done! OhI do love blueberries, so tasty.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, had some blueberry jam on a nice scone this afternoon:-)

  13. Helen Moulden

    Love blueberry jam. Mine always ends up runny, but will try it with your recipe!

    1. Camilla

      Sounds like you’re not cooking it for long enough in that case but yes do try my recipe:-)

  14. Elizabeth

    I spent many a Canadian summer picking wild blueberries for my mother to make into jam. Oh gosh that jam was good! You picked up some great bargains to make your own here!

    1. Camilla

      That sounds glorious Elizabeth! I tried growing a couple of mail order blueberry bushes or rather stumps but alas they came to nothing so sadly have to buy mine:-(

  15. Maddy

    I’ve bookmarked this as I love home-made jam and you’ve made it sound so simple 🙂

    1. Camilla

      It really is easy, do let me know how you get on if you try it:-)

  16. Kate | The Veg Space

    Oh yum – what a wonderful looking jam. Your photographs are stunning, it looks so wonderfully glossy. I had some incredible blueberry jam served with scones at a ‘posh’ afternoon tea in London recently and now you’ve inspired me to have a go at making my own, thank you!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Kate, glad to have inspired you:-)

  17. Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    This looks amazing! I love blueberries and want to give this ago. What a bargain!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jo, do let me know how you get on:-)

  18. A S,Edinburgh

    I’ve never had blueberry jam! This looks lovely.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it is lovely:-)

  19. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    Oh my look at the colour of the blueberry jam! You amazed me with the whole recipe and the images. Thank you Camilla.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Michelle, I do love my jam making:-)

  20. Debra C.

    Homemade jam is the best! Blueberry is always a favorite!! I make a lot of jam and I love your tips – spot on! Pictures are just beautiful too!!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Debra, I am totally in love with blueberry jam:-)

  21. Amanda Mason

    This looks fantastic and I love your pictures! Beautiful colors and super bright! I’ve never attempted to mak Jam either but this does look simple!! I cant wait to try this!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Amanda, never too late to start jam making;-)

  22. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine

    That is such beautiful jam– and what a steal! I would have done the same. I have been making blueberry syrup with frozen blueberries lately for my pancakes/waffles on the weekends 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Michelle, yes every fruit glut that comes my way gets jammed:-)

  23. Elinor aka Beachhutcook

    I love your bargain hunting posts of IG.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elinor:-)

  24. Kavey

    I love blueberry jam, both the flavour and the colour are so lovely!

    1. Camilla

      They really are Kavey:-)

  25. William Gould

    I love blueberries and have 2 blueberry bushes. Probably don’t get enough fruit for jam though due to having a hail storm every year when they are flowering and stupid young blackbirds trying to eat the berries when they are still green! I just put a few on my cereal in the mornings that I’ve picked the day before.
    Definitely worth a look in the supermarket every week for some though as this looks yummy!

    1. Camilla

      Oh what a shame William, I once bought a mail order root ball blueberry plant but it never grew. I wonder if you could put some netting around them to protect from the birds?

      1. William Gould

        We did that once, but then came back from holiday to find a dead starling tangled up in it, so we won’t do that again.
        We grow our blueberries in large pots with Ericaceous Compost as they don’t like any old soil. And they only like being watered with rain water, so they are a bit of a pain to look after!

        1. Camilla

          Oh no, not good, time to invent some sort of scarecrow mirrored bells to hang from it LOL!

  26. Angela

    This jam looks delicious, I love soft set jams without pectin. I like to buy a really nice wild blueberry jam, but I’ve never made my own as blueberries are so expensive.

    What an amazing find 3p a punnet I am so jealous.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Angela, Wild Blueberry Jam sounds lovely:-)

  27. Heather Haigh

    I love the ccolour! What beautiful jam

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Heather, it is gorgeous;-)

  28. Choclette

    Your bargains never cease to amaze me Camilla. 3p a pun net is definitely not something to resist. I don’t think I’ve ever had blueberry jam, but if ever I get any bargain blueberries I shall make your recipe. It looks fab and your pictures are stunning.

    1. Camilla

      Aaw thank you so much! Yes I was definitely in the right place at the right time Choclette:-)

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