For The Love Of Raspberries! (Homemade Raspberry Jam Recipe Inside)

Preserving the Raspberry Harvest

Making Homemade Raspberry Jam

  • 8 cups of raspberries
  • 1–1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (T) of lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon (t) of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (t) of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon (t) of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon (t) of almond extract
  1. In a large stockpot, combine the raspberries, sugar, lemon juice, salt, and cinnamon and bring the mixture to a slow boil over medium heat. Stir frequently at the beginning of the process and stir almost constantly as the mixture begins to thicken.
  2. The time it takes for the jam to reach the right consistency and set point (220 degrees F) depends on many factors, including humidity and altitude. We are currently experiencing high humidity, and this amount of jam took me about 40 minutes to boil down.
  3. Test to see if the jam will set properly by placing a plate in the freezer before you start to cook the jam. Once the jam starts to thicken, test it by placing a small amount on the frozen plate. Let it cool briefly. The water content and fruit mixture should stay together. It doesn’t need to look like jam just yet, but it shouldn’t separate or run fast if you tip the plate.
  4. Alternatively, you can use the sheet test, which is a similar test method. Freeze a metal spoon. When the mixture thickens, test it by dipping the spoon into the jam. It’s ready when it falls off the spoon in one sheet (as opposed to dripping).
  5. And if you want to be 100% sure your jam will set properly, you can use a candy thermometer to see that it reaches 220 degrees F.
  6. Once you know the jam will set right, remove it from the heat and let it cool for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the vanilla and almond extracts.
  7. Spoon the finished jam into clean mason jars or your favorite glass containers. Let the jam cool, then keep it in the refrigerator if you are going to use the jam right away (within 3 weeks). If you want to store this jam for later use, you can freeze it right in the mason jars.
  8. While water bath processing is typically a safe way to preserve jams and jellies made with fruit that’s very acidic, this jam recipe has not been tested for safe water bath canning.

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Sheryl M. Davis

Sheryl M. Davis

Homesteading and gardening blogger and chief homestead officer at Cedar Swamp Homestead | cedarswamphomestead.com