No-Pectin Blueberry Jam

This minimal-effort no-pectin blueberry jam is the perfect quickie topper for soft cheese, crackers, bread, or sliced apples.

Make this homemade jam in no time using  frozen blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice—no pectin required!. Fresh blueberry jam is a must-have appetizer for any party or just because.

This recipe is truly no fuss, as you can whip it up in a time crunch and it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s the perfect summer recipe to serve at barbecues or picnics.

blueberry jam without pectin

Don’t have blueberries on hand? No problem—you can make this recipe with any type of berry.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe for no-pectin blueberry jam!

top down view of ingredients needed for making blueberry jam: blueberries, sugar and lemon juice

Ingredients

The ingredient list for no-pectin blueberry jam is as easy as it gets:

Frozen blueberries: Here’s the star ingredient! You can easily find these in the frozen section of your local grocery store. Of course, feel free to sub in fresh berries if you’d like.

Sugar: You’ll need one cup of sugar to make this sweet jam.

Lemon juice: You’ll add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice to the blueberry jam to brighten up the flavor.

blueberry jam in a glass jar with a piece of crostini topped with soft cheese and jam on a plate

Step-by-step instructions

Making no-pectin blueberry jam is very simple and takes just a few steps:

First, heat the ingredients on the stovetop. Place the blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.

sugar, blueberries and lemon juice in a sauce pan on a burner

With a wooden spoon, stir occasionally,

blueberries being stirred with wooden spoon in a sauce pan

and bring to a boil.

blueberry mixture coming to a boil in a sauce pan

Wait for the jam to thicken and reduce. You’ll reduce the jam to a simmer, and stir occasionally until the mixture begins to thicken. This should take about 30 minutes.

When the mixture begins to rapidly reduce, stir constantly, stopping when you begin to feel resistance against the spoon.

Serve the no-pectin blueberry jam. Remove the jam from the heat, and let cool. And then top your favorite soft cheese with your fresh homemade jam!

hand reaching for piece of bread topped with soft cheese and blueberry jam

It’s no secret that the wild blueberries in this recipe are a nutritional powerhouse. This recipe provides a variety of nutrients from the berries!

It is worth noting that jam is high in sugar, so it is best to eat it in moderation.

hand stirring blueberry jam in a glass jar

Recipe FAQ

How do you serve no-pectin blueberry jam?

This homemade wild blueberry jam makes the perfect topper for soft cheese like brie or Camembert. You can top it with chopped pistachios or hazelnuts for extra crunch and color. And then serve it with crackers or sliced apples or pears.

What do you do with leftover blueberry jam?

If there are any leftovers (but I bet there won’t be!), a slice of jam-topped cheese makes the perfect salad topper. Use it as a spread on toast, mix it into oatmeal, or enjoy it along with some yogurt for breakfast.

What are the health benefits of blueberries?

Regularly eating wild blueberries may help improve memory and slow brain aging in adults—and may also help improve mood and decrease depression in some teens!

How long does blueberry jam last in the fridge?

Once your jam has cooled, you can keep it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one to two weeks.

blueberry jam portioned into two glass jars with lids

More homemade jam recipes

Can’t get enough homemade no-pectin blueberry jam? I don’t blame you! Here are some more jam recipes:

You just can’t go wrong with making this pectin-free blueberry jam. Whether you don’t have pectin on hand or you just want to make your jam as simple as possible, this recipe is easy and results in the most delicious jam you will ever eat!

blueberry jam without pectin

No-Pectin Blueberry Jam

This minimal-effort no-pectin blueberry jam is the perfect quickie topper for soft cheese, crackers, bread, or sliced apples.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30
Calories 37 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan, over medium high heat. With a wooden spoon, stir occasionally, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer, and stir occasionally until mixture begins to thicken, about 30 minutes. When mixture begins to rapidly reduce, stir constantly, stopping when you begin to feel resistance against the spoon.
  • Remove from the heat, and let cool. And then top your favorite soft cheese with your fresh homemade jam!

Nutrition

Calories: 37kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 0.3mgPotassium: 16mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Blueberries, Jam
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This minimal-effort no-pectin blueberry jam is the perfect quickie topper for soft cheese, crackers, bread, or sliced apples.
Breakfast / Brunch | Condiment | Dairy Free | Gluten Free | Low Carb | Low Sodium | No Bake | Nut Free | One Pot | Pescatarian | Recipes (Organizational) | Snack | Stovetop | Vegan | Vegetarian |

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