Mixed Berry Jam

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Jam on a winter took away the blue devils. It was like tasting summer.” – Sandra Dallas

Most people make multiple batches of jam in summer and preserve it to enjoy in winter. And here I am, posting a recipe of mixed berry jam on a cold winter evening. Anybody in my club on this? I doubt!

All jams begin with delicious fruits and my plan was to wait for summer to make a fresh batch until my eyes fell on these gorgeous looking berries. I know it’s not the right season but they were so pretty, juicy and very sweet.

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Making jam is very easy but preserving jam requires a litte attention to detail. I am no expert in making or preserving jam but I did some reading and it helped me understand a little bit about it. I usually avoid making huge batches as it’s just the two of us at home and neither of us are huge fans of jam.

The experts suggest to use mason jar for storage as it has this flat lid which helps creating vacuum and seals the jar tight. This is a key factor for preserving the jam.

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Pectin also plays a very important role in making a fruit jam. It is what makes the fruit jam set tightly. It’s like a glue, technically called complex carbohydrate which is present in the cell walls of plants and helps thicken the jam. All fruits have certain content of pectin in them, some high and some low. Depending on what fruit you are using, you might have to use artificial pectin powder.

This recipe has no artificial pectin in it. I used orange juice and lemon juice, which have very high content of pectin and that gave the jam right amount of consistency that I was looking for. I personally don’t prefer jams which are too thick.

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Ever since I learned how to make jam at home, I stopped buying them from the store. Honestly speaking, I never liked the store bought jams. They are always so overly sweet and never smell of fruits!

This jam came out just perfect. Sweetness from the fruits, tartness from the citrus juice and a very light herbal touch from the fresh rosemary.

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Mixed Berry Jam – Enjoy it fresh or preserve it.


  • 3 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons  chopped fresh rosemary


  1. Chop the strawberries in halves or quarters.
  2. Place the berries in a deep sauce pan and lightly mash the berries using a masher.
  3. Pour the citrus juice, honey and chopped rosemary.
  4. Cook in medium heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally until it thickens.
  5. While it's cooking, start preparing the jar for preserving.
  6. Clean the jar, fill it with boiling water and keep it aside for a while. After a while, throw the water and dry the jar completely.
  7. Pour some more boiling water in a pan and drop the flat lid. Let it stay there unless you are ready to use the flat lid. The idea is to keep the flat lid warm until you ready to seal the jar.
  8. Once the jam thickens, fill it in the clean jar and wipe the rim of the jar clean with a damp tissue paper.
  9. Pat dry the flat lid and place it on top of the jar.
  10. Screw the dome lid ring tightly onto the filled jar.
  11. Turn the jar upside down. This helps the heat from the jam to contact with the lid and create a vacuum.
  12. Allow the jam to cool and then, store it in a cool dark place.
  13. It's very important to refrigerate the jam after the jar has been opened.


Key Notes : I used honey which can be replaced by white sugar. Also, you may have to add more sugar or honey depending on the sweetness of the fruits. Rosemary is optional and can also be replaced by fresh thyme.

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  • balvinder
    January 22, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    The jam looks delicious. I baked bread today. How lovely it would be If that bottle comes to my counter.

  • Ambika
    January 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Wow, rosemary in a jam !! I can already imagine the aromas of that jam, brilliant recipe!!

  • Maureen
    January 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    I always make my own jam too but usually in the summer when it’s not only fresh but cheap. If I saw those berries I’d make jam too.

    There is nothing better on a cool winter morning than hot toast from home made bread and home made jam.

    It’s summer but I might go have some right now. 🙂

  • torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    January 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    delicious lovely looking jam
    sure kankana you can spread the love and spend me a bottle 🙂 waiting…

  • Priya
    January 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Mixed berry jam…. wow! I’m sure it tastes yummy. The shots are lovely, especially the one the fruit bowl

  • Anu
    January 22, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Lovely berry jam. I love those bottles. Nice clicks.Following u

  • Choc Chip Uru
    Choc Chip Uru
    January 22, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    This jam looks delicious – I love all sorts of berry and always at a loss when I cannot find it in the shops!
    Your blog is really cool – I went through it before and am now going to finish the job

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Nutella Baking Week

  • mjskit
    January 22, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    I use to put up multiple jars of jam at one time,spending all day in the kitchen, but now I only do one jar at a time and I enjoy it so much more. You can really experiment. I’ve never used honey as the entire sweetener in a jam nor have I used rosemary. I was going to make a jar of strawberry jam tomorrow and I think I’m going to use the honey and rosemary. It’s sounds delicious! Your jam is beautiful! Great recipe!

  • sayantani
    January 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    beautiful recipe Kankana. naturally sweetened jams are my alltime fav. but such a pity that we dont get sweet berries here. bought a punnet of strawberry last week and it was so tart that I had to stew with a cup of sugar. clicks are stunning as usual.

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    January 22, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Looks good to me my dear,
    I plan of making jam every summer but somehow never get to it.
    Now I know from where to get some homemade Jam…. You!!!

    Beautiful pics…

  • Swapna
    January 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Beautiful berry jam… Love the addition of rosemary… Beautiful pics as usual Kankana…

  • Rosa
    January 22, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Divine looking and sounding! What a wonderful combination of flavors.



  • Vimitha
    January 23, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Yummy homemade jam… Lovely combo of berries…

  • Alyssa
    January 23, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    I love to make jam, but I’ve never tried preserving it. My husband always puts his foot down if I mention I want to start canning. He thinks the hoarder in me will take over and I’ll be canning everything 🙂

  • Tes
    January 23, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    What a vibrant post 🙂 I’m thinking of making jam lately as well 🙂

  • Sukanya
    January 23, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    Thats a sure one to die for, I have never thought of making jam at home, but I am now highly inspired after seeing this post.

    btw have emailed u abt the nolen gur.

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    January 23, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    oh i don’t think I could wait to preserve it. I would have to eat this right away- too delicious not too! Love this recipe

  • Maja
    January 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Oh, this looks so good, Kankana! Isn’t it fun to make your own homemade jam? 🙂 Love rosemary herbs in it! So Mediterranean style 🙂

  • Kiri W.
    Kiri W.
    January 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    This looks lovely – I really enjoyed making plum jam with my mom when I was little, but I haven’t made any jams or preserves since then – high time I work on that!

  • Liz
    January 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Oh, how beautiful! Love your photos! I’ve had some yummy berries recently, too…and your fresh jam would be lovely on my 7 grain bread for breakfast…YUM!

  • Amina
    January 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    wow… jam looks so delicious… will try this soon…

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    chinmayie @ love food eat
    January 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    It’s strawberry season here in Bangalore and I was planning on making some jam sometime this week 🙂
    Love the color and photos here.

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    January 23, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    You always have the most adorable way of presenting your goodies! This jam is gorgeous, and how did you find such lovely specimens during this season! Gorgeous jam and photos!

  • Raji
    January 23, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Homemade jam wow ! I have never tried making jam at home but your pics make me want to try this. Your pictures are so beautiful and shows all the hard work you put in there..great going Kankana!

  • rebecca
    January 23, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    lovely jam and how cool to add rosemary he he your like my hubby eating the berries out of season ;0)

  • Kala
    January 23, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Fantastic post. The images are presented so well, as usual!

  • aarthi
    January 23, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    jam looks yummy

  • Kim Bee
    Kim Bee
    January 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Oh man now I want jam. In a big bad way. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous.

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    January 23, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Oh, your mixed berry jam looks delicious, Kankana! I haven’t tried making jams with rosemary. Can’t wait to try your recipe. Just like you, I also prefer homemade jams, and whenever I feel like making it, I do regardless of the season.

  • Kim Bee
    Kim Bee
    January 23, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Congrats on top 9!

  • Sudha
    January 23, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Ummmmm…lovely recipe for jam – looks so rich and love the color!You are not only an awesome cook but a fantastic photographer as well – love how your arrange your shots!Congrats on the Top 9 dear:)

  • easyfoodsmith
    January 23, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    The jam looks finger licking good. Well done!

  • nisha
    January 24, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    absolutely gorgeous kankana…i love mason jars just to even keep flowers. they are so rustic and pretty 🙂
    never ventured out into the jam making territory. Maybe some day 🙂

  • Soni
    January 24, 2012 at 5:43 AM

    Ooh I’m drooling just looking at this Jam Kankana!Such rich color and so appetizing!Never tried making jam at home, but you’re right, the berries are really sweet even at this time of the year so why not!Great pics!

  • sally
    January 24, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    I like the addition of rosemary to your jam. One of these days I need to try making and preserving jam.

  • Geraldine Saucier
    Geraldine Saucier
    January 24, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    The jam looks and sound delicious. You used my favorite berries. I like the use of rosemary in the jam. I must give this recipe a try. Congratulations on the Foodbuzz Top 9.

  • Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    January 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    This jam looks delicious! I love your pictures!

  • Gouri
    January 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Hi, The jam looks delicious and must say ki darun chobi gulo dekhte lagche…very inspiring…You are my Food stylist….

  • lisaiscooking
    January 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I never seem to make jam myself, but mixed berry is my favorite kind to buy. Sounds delicious!

  • Madonna
    January 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I love the first photo. It is so beautiful it should be in a magazine. Have you considered a page devoted to photography tips? Please think about it. I also viewed your tiramisu post. I am going to use it for my next gathering. Do you live in Southern California. I ask because I bookmark SoCal bloggers in one special folder because they are cooking what is in season for me.

  • Madonna
    January 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    I got so caught up in your photography that I forgot to ask how many half pint jars does this recipe make? You may have stated it somewhere, but I did not see it.

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes
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    January 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Homemade jam tastes so fresh and great!

  • Malli
    January 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Absolutely lovely textured jam and with honey. It must taste just marvelous with fresh bread and butter:) reminds me of childhood.

  • Juliana
    January 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Wow Kankana, your berries jam look great…nothing like homemade ones. Love the pictures as well.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week 🙂

  • sukanya ramkumar
    sukanya ramkumar
    January 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Mouthwatering jam recipe… Looks so good… Nice recipe… Beautiful pictures…. YUM!!!!

  • Asmita
    January 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Hi Kankana,
    The jam looks gorgeous. Love the flavors and the photographs are stunning!!!

  • anh@anhsfoodblog.com
    [email protected]
    January 24, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    oh my. Look at the colourful berries! The jam must be wonderful.

  • priya mahadevan
    priya mahadevan
    January 24, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Hi Kankana, Long time since i stopped by, apologies! The pictures are fabulous and the preserve lip smacking delicious 🙂 Happy new year dear – never to late to say that! cheers, Priya

  • Shumaila
    January 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Haha! I would have probably been in your club if I had the patience to make jam. I don’t care if its winter or summers, I wouldn’t mind this jam anytime of the year! Beautiful pics as always!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    January 24, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    I tend to think preserving is a time consuming project because I usually think we have to make a lot. Hmm, never thought of making just two jars! That’s pretty great idea! We don’t need too many either otherwise we get bored with one kind. You make me motivated to try it one day. The other day I got strawberries and blueberries and they were both so sweet! I was telling my husband we don’t need to wait summer to enjoy fruits nowadays. We are lucky to be in California too. Abundant local fruits! Thanks for this post – will keep this as my reference.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    January 25, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    MMmmmmm… I have abundance of berries just waiting to use — love this simple, rustic and non-preservative jams. Drool-worthy!

  • Vijitha
    January 25, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Ummmm!!! The jam looks so yummy and awesommeeeeeee photographs! Why don’t you get me a toast smothered with delicious jam.

  • Namitha
    January 25, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    I love the mixed berries jam. Yours look just perfect 🙂 I love it even more when I add Rhubarb to it ! And the pics are just awesome, as always

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    January 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    You should see my collection of jam jars! lol They have overtaken my cupboards. Time to make some more jam!

  • Nash at plateful
    Nash at plateful
    January 26, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Alas, is only fresh berries were not so expensive right now! These pictures are so lovely & tempting and what better way to make use of the jars in my collection!

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    February 7, 2012 at 5:39 AM

    No seriously you have rosemary there, god i would love to try. i tried making jam, yet to post the pic, somehow i don’t eat much jam either..but will have to try urs Kankana pic are just dreamy!

  • Priya
    May 8, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    I have a lot of pear, oranges n strawberries at home, planning to adapt your recipe…will let u know how it turned out! Glad to see that u have not used pectin, i dont wanna use it coz we also like it loose n spreadable.

  • Ingle
    August 25, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Hi Kankana!

    Thank you so much for this delicious recipe, I made it a few weeks ago and it is fabulous! I’d like to make a few more batches while the berries are still plentiful in the South, but I had two questions for you:

    1 – When you cooked yours on a medium heat, did it come to a boil? I don’t know if my stovetop simply runs hot, but the mixture did bubble most of the time and I want to make sure I’m not scorching the batch.

    2 – Do you think it’s safe to double the recipe?

    Thanks so much for your awesome blog!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 26, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Hi Ingle.
      Thanks a lot for dropping by and leaving your comment. To answer your question:
      1. Yes it will come to boil and you have to stir occasionally in between. It will eventually reduce and get thicker. I sometimes remove the foam with a spoon, that gets formed as it boils.
      2. Increasing the quantity should work too but since I always make small batches I never tried doubling it up!

      Hope this helps. If not, please feel free to email me again.

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