Recipe – Winter Berry Jam

If you haven’t mastered the art of canning yet (I haven’t) then this refrigerator jam is for you. I use frozen berries here because fresh are a little pricey in the Midwest this time of year.


  • 18 oz of frozen mixed berries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Thaw, rinse, & drain berries.
  • Place a saucer in the freezer for later.
  • Combine berries, sugar, and lemon juice in bowl and mix well. Leave out at room temp. stirring occasionally for two hours.
  • Transfer mixture to saucepan & bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to prevent burning.
  • Mash to thick puree then reduce to medium heat and gently boil for about 20 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken & stirring often.
  • Remove from heat to test jam for gelling point. Drop a teaspoon full onto the saucer from the freezer and place back into the freezer for about a minute. Test by pushing the jam with your finger. If it is ready, it will wrinkle on the surface. Cook a few minutes longer if it fails to do this and test again until it gels.
  • When ready, ladle jam into a clean jar. Place in refrigerator when cool. Jam will last about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.