Everyday Food host Sarah Carey's jam recipe skips the traditional pectin and calls for just four ingredients: fruit, sugar, salt, and fresh lemon juice.


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

Makes about 4 cups


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place a few small plates in the freezer. Stir berries, sugar, lemon juice, and salt in a large, heavy stockpot. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar and mashing lightly with a potato masher. Skim foam from surface. Cook, stirring more frequently as jam thickens, until it has the consistency of very loose jelly, 8 to 9 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Remove a plate from freezer; drop a spoonful of jam on it. Return to freezer for 1 to 2 minutes; nudge edge of jam with a finger. It should hold its shape. If jam is too thin and spreads, return it to a boil, testing every minute, until done.

  • Strain about half of the jam; discard seeds. Return strained jam to pot. Return to a boil. Remove from heat. Spoon hot jam into hot sterilized jars; cover immediately with sterilized lids.


Reviews (3)

43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
I have made this recipe twice. The 1st time, it was my very first time canning anything. It turned out so good that my husband has been requesting that I make more, for some time now. I just finished making it the 2nd time, and he's asked that we keep it all for ourselves, and not give any as holiday gifts, as I did before. I had always been intimidated to make my own jam/jelly or to do any canning, but after watching the video and seeing Sarah make it look so simple, I was inspired. Thanks!
Rating: Unrated
Sarah Carey wonderfully demonstrates that maybe cooking isn't so hard. I have tried several of the recipes, and you know what? She's right! I actually have made some very easy and delicious meals and desserts with Sarah's help. The raspberry jam looks yummy, and has inspired me to not be intimated. I look forward to making jam. Thanks Sarah! Best Regards, Jeanne Brinkman
Rating: 5 stars
GREAT presentation about how to process preserves. Love to "can" but am always a little intimidated by the process. This audio presentation answered a lot of questions and eliminated those fears. Planning to do a lot of canning this summer ... even going to try my good friend's Christmas Pickles which are made with cucumbers and those red hot candies ... AMAZING!!