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Easy Fruit Jam

Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 1 hr, 20 mins
Yield Makes 2 (8-oz.) jars
Keep this jam in the refrigerator up to 1 month.


  • 3 cups chopped fresh or frozen fruit (or small whole berries)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 tsp. powdered pectin
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Stir together fruit and sugar in a 4 1/2-qt. saucepan. Let stand 10 minutes. Meanwhile, zest 1 lemon to equal 1 tsp. Cut lemon in half; squeeze juice from lemon into a bowl to equal 2 tsp. Peel and section second lemon, removing seeds and chopping segments.

  2. Stir pectin and, if desired, ginger, into fruit mixture, and bring to a rolling boil over medium heat, stirring often. Boil, stirring constantly, 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low; stir in lemon zest, chopped segments, and lemon juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes; remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes.

  3. Pour jam into 2 (8-oz.) canning jars, and cool completely (about 30 minutes). Cover with lids, and refrigerate up to 1 month.

  4. Try Our Favorite Combos:

  5. Peach-Raspberry: 2 cups chopped peaches, 1 cup raspberries.

  6. Black and Blue: 2 cups blueberries, 1 cup blackberries.

  7. Strawberry-Orange: 2 cups chopped strawberries, 1 cup chopped and seeded orange segments (about 2 large oranges).