Both my grandma’s and my mom have been making jam almost every summer as far as I can remember. At my grandparent summer house in Stavern, we had strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and red currants right in the backyard and we would pick little by little as they matured all summer long. One of my first summer “jobs” was to pick berries. My grandpa would give me 8 Kr ($ 1-1.5 depending on the exchange rate) for each little basket, which when you’re 10 years old (in the 90’s) is a lot! I probably wasn’t the most efficient worker though because I would have a lot of fun with it, and eat
one or two a lot as I went along :)
My mom still picks wild blueberries right outside of our house in Norway on a nice warm summer day, but now you can also get frozen berries all year round so no need to panic if you’re not into it or have bushes of berries available. Making homemade Jam is actually super easy and so much better than store bought. Whenever I can exclude chemicals or eat less processed food, I am a happy camper.
What you’ll need to make homemade Jam:
- 1 pound of berries. Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, or any kind you’ll like!
- 1 cup of sugar. Taste your way to the right amount of sugar. Some people like it sweet, some people like it more bitter :)
- 1tsp of corn starch if you want the jam to be thicker
If you are using fresh berries, take of the stem and if you’re in a hurry, cut them into smaller pieces. Add them to the pan and bring the berries to a broil while stirring. If you’re using frozen berries, slowly warm them up on low heat until they’re thawed, then proceed as usual. As you’re stirring the berries, you can choose how chunky you want your jam to be. Some people like it as a sauce (do a couple minutes in the blender at the end) and some people like to taste the chunks of the berries. I know I definitely do! Should look something like this if you’re into chunks and don’t use corn starch for a thicker jam. Remove the pan from the heat, add sugar and bring to a broil again.
Find an empty glass jar or container. I love these glass bottles that I get after finishing my favorite Cold Brew Almond Milk Coffee from Pop & Bottle. I just make a small portion each time and keep it in the fridge for a few days because my freezer is way too small, but If you want to make a large batch and freeze it I would use Mason Jars or something similar to make sure they stay air tight. Always boil the glasses in water before adding the jam :) I always use a funnel to get the jam into the glass bottle without spilling and these ones form Ikea are super cheap and easy to clean! And you’re done! Get ready for some delicious warm strawberry jam. What’s your favorite thing to put jam on? I think mine has to be either fresh baked bread, croissants or waffles!
Until Next Time, Hadet På Badet!