Saturday, December 24, 2011

How To Make Raw Berry Jam

This jam is so easy, so fresh and healthy, I don't know why anyone makes jam any other way. Well, it's true that this fresh version doesn't have the keeping power of canned jams, but I think that's a small price to pay for maintaining the nutrition and flavor of those delicious berries.

raw raspberry jam
Fresh raspberry jam!
During summer, I freeze any surplus berries from the garden so I can still make this jam in the winter, when we really appreciate farm fresh food. My son was so excited when I told him this batch of jam, which we ate on Christmas eve, was made with our own raspberries from the garden. Frozen berries from the grocery store absolutely work too! 

homegrown raspberries

I used to make jam with just berries and a little sweetener, which is fine but you end up with more of a berry syrup. The natural mucilaginous effect of the ground flax or chia seeds thickens it and gives it the perfect gelled texture so you can spread it like traditional jam. 



golden flax seeds

Ingredients:

2 c fresh or thawed berries
1 tb flax or chia seeds, finely ground in coffee mill
1 tb - 1/4 c sugar, sucanat, or honey, to taste

Instructions:

Blend or process all ingredients, and place in jars.
Easiest jam ever.


raw raspberry jam with corn muffins

It should be used or frozen within 4 days, so it's good to make in small batches. This recipe makes about a pint. The sugar helps it to keep longer, but it would be fine without any sugar (depending on the flavor of the berries) if you're eating it up quickly. I toss any jam that we don't use within a few days into a smoothie.


Try this jam with some fresh roasted homemade creamy peanut butter!

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March 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

oh my word - i'll be vitamix-ing this one for sure!
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July 14, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Oh yum! Thanks for tempting my taste buds and for linking up at the Carnival of Home Preserving.

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July 14, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I'm making some today and fermenting it to see if it will have a longer shelf life... in the fridge.

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July 24, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Fantastic idea! I will be trying this!

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July 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Love this idea! thanks. now following, hoping to learn lots here!

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July 30, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Goodness! This is a new idea for me - I will definitely be trying this!

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Kim
July 31, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Trying this TONIGHT. So glad I found this post.

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July 31, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Wow, now i have heard everything...flax seed for the jell!
Yes, i will try this for sure....i am thinking this applies
to any and old fruited type jams? correct me if i am wrong
plz. Great blog! Watching from the Crows Nest.....

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July 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Thank you!
I'm sure it would work with soft fruits like plum, peach, apricot- anything you can blend. Ground flax seed will gel up anything, I would think. Let me know if you make something interesting!

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September 20, 2012 at 12:41 AM

This sounds really easy to make. I wonder if it would work with honey as I don't like to use sugar?

Thank you for sharing.
Deb

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September 20, 2012 at 5:21 AM

Yes, definitely. Honey would be lovely in it!

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October 15, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I have never heard of using flax seed in jam. Does it work like pectin? Thank you so much for linking up at Gluten-Free Monday on OneCreativeMommy.com.

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October 15, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Hey Heidi,
Ground flax seed is a natural thickener. It does not need to be heated, so I don't think it's exactly like pectin. (It's better!) It just takes several minutes after mixing in room temperature liquid in order to thicken. I don't know how it would work in place of pectin in a cooked jam, because I stick to these easy, raw jams!

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October 16, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Wow, learn something new every day. I had no idea flax seed could do that!
I'd love for you to share this with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week.
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/10/autumn-giveaway-clever-chicks-blog-hop-4.html
I hope to see you there!
Cheers!
Kathy
The Chicken Chick

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October 25, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I need to try this, it looks and sounds so wonderful!
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October 25, 2012 at 7:30 PM

This certainly does sound so delicious!

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October 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

What an interesting jam! Such great and healthy ingredients! I love your idea of freezing your summer berries

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October 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Sounds so easy and delcious! Thanks for sharing with us at 'Or so she says...'! The newest party starts tomorrow (every Saturday). I would love to have you back. :) www.oneshetwoshe.com

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October 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Wow, this is sounds so yummy and healthy. I love the addition of flax seeds!
Thank you for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

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November 4, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Wow! Looks super yummy! Thanks so much to linking it to the Thanksgiving Treats & Fall Fun party! I'm one of your co-hosts. Have a great day!
Leslie
House on the Way

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November 6, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Looks delicious! Thanks so much for linking up to the Thanksgiving Treats & Fall Festival Fun Link Party. I also host a Tuesday link party and would love you to link up sometime :) Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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November 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Wow, so easy! I've slaved over hot boiling jam for years, it's nice to know there's an easy version out there. Thanks for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I've pinned your post and hope to see you back next week:)

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November 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I love this method, and I love how fresh it tastes!

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November 20, 2012 at 8:05 PM

I love raw jams! I use chia seeds instead of flax seeds! :)

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November 20, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Chia's another great option. I've never heard of anyone else doing raw jams like this!

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December 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

This sounds so freshing! I'd love it on a fresh muffin! We have been having such great recipes at our Gluten Free Fridays parties! I really appreciate you being part of the link up and part of the community! :)

Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)
I hope to see you again this week!

See you next week!

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December 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

that is beautiful! I found you from the Gluten Free Friday Blog Hop

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December 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Yummy! Thanks for linking up. Following via GFC now!

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January 8, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Hi Mellow and Happy New Year! Thank you for your submission on Seasonal Celebration Wedensday at Natural Mothers Network!
Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you are the featured post!

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January 9, 2013 at 9:24 AM

This recipe looks really good. To make it a real food recipe though, I would substitute the sugar for sucanat or Rapidura which has more nutrients than refined white sugar or possibly even honey. :) Thanks for sharing it on Wildcrafting Wednesday! :)

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January 9, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Oh, I only use sucanat, honey, or dates! I often assume people will use whatever sweetener they are comfortable with when it calls for sugar, but thanks for mentioning that. I'll update the recipe so it calls for a whole foods sweetener instead of just sugar!

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January 22, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Yum! I've never heard of using ground flax seeds to gel your jam...great idea! I'll have to try it. Found your recipe on Hearth and Soul and would love to have you share this on The HomeAcre Hop on Thursday! (Actually I've been going live with the hop on Wednesday evening:)
http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/01/the-homeacre-hop-4.html

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January 22, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Thank you Lisa, I'll see you there!

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January 25, 2013 at 4:33 AM

This looks delicious! I have never heard of using flax seeds, that is really interesting, and it seems a lot healthier than the jam that I make in the summer that may or may not have cups and cups of sugar :-)

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January 28, 2013 at 4:13 AM

It's fantastic this jam can be made from frozen berries - there really is nothing like homemade jam. I like how you have incorporated the flax seed!

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February 14, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Oh wow, you must have read my mind. I have been making my own jam for a couple of months now but had only find chia seed recipes so far and was wanting to try something a bit different. Ground flax! Why didn't I think of that! And what a great idea to chuck any leftovers into a smoothie. I had been doing that for a while but it had slipped my mind for some reason. Thank you!
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February 14, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Sounds like we are two birds of a feather, Katherine! I've never tried this with chia but it sounds great too. Is there something you don't like about the chia jam recipes? Flax is a million times cheaper, and we always have it in abundance, so I guess that's why I prefer it.

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February 14, 2013 at 11:18 PM

I love berry jam!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

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February 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Mine wasn't incredibly thick...any suggestions? Do the berries need to be room temp? mine were thawed, though some may not have been completely. I saw you said in previous comments that the jelling happens after a couple of minutes. I did not process my jam that long - does length of time make a difference, as far as thickness is concerned? It is great tasting - i would just love for it to be a bit thicker next time. thanks :)

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February 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

It could be that you started out with juicier berries! The thickening comes from the ground flax seed; you can just add a bit more if you need it thicker. Using frozen berries might slow the thickening action down, but you shouldn't have to blend them any longer. Just try blending in more powdered flax. Good luck Katy!

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February 26, 2013 at 8:04 AM

After seeing your post, we made some jam with thawed out blackberries, stevia, and some arrowroot powder for the thickening (had to cook the jam a bit to get the arrowroot to do its thing) Thanks for sharing this with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope to see you again today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/02/bunnys-bento-box-eco-kids-tuesday.html

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April 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Yum! Thank you for sharing your post on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
I hope to see you back tomorrow for our next hop!
http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/04/the-creative-homeacre-10.html

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April 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

You're not joking when you say this is quick, simple, and easy. We have masses of raspberries in the summer, so I'll give this a try -- the flax seed is an interesting component, and I can see where it would work as a thickener. So much cheaper -- and better -- than commercial pectin!

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April 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Your Jam looks delicious and the flax seed is a great addition. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon!
Miz Helen

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April 15, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Wow! Super easy. I will definitely be making this when blueberries come into season. Thank you for sharing at Tuned-in Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow! http://www.healthyrootshappysoul.com/2013/04/tuned-in-tuesday-blog-hop-5.html

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April 20, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Congratulations!
Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great weekend!
Miz Helen

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April 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM

This would be a perfect brunch item to make with kids. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!

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July 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Love this! Thanks for sharing at Who Needs A Cape?'s Super Sunday Link Party and be sure to stop back for more linky fun!

SherryO @ WhoNeedsACape.com
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September 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I just made raspberry jam today. Never thought to put in flax seeds in, I will have to try that next time. cass-eats.blogspot.com

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September 21, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Thank you so much for sharing this on my meatless meal link up! I appreciate you taking the time to write your blog and then to share with my readers.

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