10 Minute Raspberry Jam

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Although it is now fall and berries are out of season, I would like to post this lovely and quick berry jam recipe. It takes under 10 minutes to make and contains no added sugar, yet is deliciously sweet. This recipe can make up a small quantity of jam, so is perfect if you’re craving jam, and only have a pint of berries around. This one is a keeper!

A few weeks ago, one of my housemates showed me a berry bush growing naturally in our backyard. Turns out they weren’t black caps as I initially thought, but raspberries (Ben clarified this). We had a cool summer, so most of them weren’t ripe, so I only picked enough to fill half a pint. That was okay, the ones that weren’t super ripe ripened overnight when I left the jar on the counter. Thus perhaps I could pick more and let it ripen next time. Anyway, here are a few pictures of the berries. Aren’t the colours pretty?

2727bWe’re lucky, there are plenty of animals that visit our backyard, but they seem to only like the leaves, leaving the berries alone.27c27dSo here is what you need – chia seeds, honey, water, and berries. That’s it. I based this off from this recipe here by Vanessa. It is a lovely recipe that doesn’t call for hours of time and can be whipped up in the morning in time to spread over your morning bread.

Ingredients:
– Half pint of berries
– 1 tbsp water
– 1 tbsp chia seeds
– 2 tbsp honey

Instructions:
1. Smash the berries with a spoon until you reach the consistency you want (aka if you like it chunkier, don’t ‘smush’ them as much, as they will break down when you add heat). I did this in a small saucepan, so I would have one less bowl to clean.
2. Add the water and heat on medium heat until the mixture starts to bubble.

37e3. Remove from heat, add chia seeds and mix until it starts to gel.
4. Add the honey, one tbsp at a time. Do a taste test after the first tbsp. It’s a bit sweet with two, but I like it that way, so two suits me fine. Go with your taste buds 🙂
27fStore in the fridge.

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