Canning 101: Easy Fresh Raspberry Jam

September 18, 2012

Learning how to can and make preserves had been on my bucket list for ages.  So I finally worked up the nerve several years ago to gave it a whirl. Much to my surprise, it's a lot easier than I thought and SO satisfying to see the finished product and hear those jar tops pop.  

For my first foray into canning, I decided to try a very basic raspberry jam. I was fortunate to find some local, fresh raspberries and I found a very basic recipe. Unlike other recipes, canning recipes really shouldn't be messed with so I followed the recipe exactly.

Raspberry Jam

What you Need

8 cups fresh raspberries (local, organic or picked from a bush in your backyard is best!)
7 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Half-pint canning jars
Canning kit
Water bath canner with jar rack

What you Do

Sterilize 8 half-pint canning jars and lids in boiling water in your canner and keep warm. Crush the raspberries in a heavy saucepan using a potato masher. Stir in the pectin and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in sugar and return to a boil for one minute. 

Remove from heat and skim the foam off with a metal spoon.  Stir in lemon juice.  Remove jars from canner, emptying out water and set them on a clean kitchen towel. Ladle the jam into the jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. 

Wipe the jar rims and hand tighten lids in place.   Place the jars carefully in the canner and return the water to a boil. Process for five minutes. Remove jars using tongs and cool on a wire rack. And voila! Homemade raspberry jam. 

Check the lid seals after 24 hours and then store your jam in a cool, dark place. Jam should last for about 18 months unopened and eaten within a few days after opening.

 -Smash your berries-

-Add pectin and sugar and stir over high heat-

-Ladle into jars-

-Process your jam-

-Cool and sure to enjoy some immediately!-

Try using your jam in the center of my Thumbprint Cookies.

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  1. Ha! I was looking at your competition with great interest and then there was the kicker - US only :( Never mind, lol! I am greatly intreged by the watermelon jelly! Must see if I can make some myself :)
    Thanks for the Rasberry Jam recipe. I have rasberries growing, so if I get to keep enough of them I will make some. Its pot luck, and dodgy at best, though, as the children like them as much as I do, LOL!!!

  2. I would love to try their Homemade Vanilla Extract.

    Brenda D

  3. Vanilla Extract! Everything they make looks so wonderful!

  4. Vanilla pear preserves or the white grape jelly would be nice to try. Someday I'll be brave and try canning myself.

  5. Wow, great Jam - I think my Fav would be Watermellon!

  6. Lavender jelly?! Strawberry lemon preserves?! Ohhh man. Time to make some biscuits, 'cause I think I'm gonna order some.

  7. I would LOVE to try the Chocolate Cherry Italian Biscotti Cookies!! I love almost anything with chocolate & cherry! =)

  8. I would love to try the caramalized onion and garlic balsamic glaze. I love putting glazes on meat. I usually make pepper jelly for that purpose. I would like to try something new.

  9. 1)Like Fogl's Kitchen on Facebook. Done
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    Visit Fogl's Kitchen on etsy . Pepper Jelly

    Thanks for the recipe

  10. Mmmmmm yummy, the watermelon jelly sounds delicious. Please enter me into contest. Would love to try Fogi's Kitchen jams.

  11. LIKED Fogl's page on Facebook
    Already LIKED Fresh Eggs Daily on FB
    & FOLLOW your blog!!
    Fogl's Kitchen on etsy... (ALL look great, but I love rose petal tea...)
    Red rose petal jelly!!!♥

  12. Sure would be great to taste the Watermellon!

  13. I think my wish would be for the 3 jar sampler, I would want to try lavender, blackberry & a few others.. wow!

  14. First... let me send a huge hug to you for introducing me to Fogl's Kitchen!! Chelles' Fattoria is now a big fan of yours on FB & Etsy <3
    Now comes the hard part... chosing just 1 thing from the Etsy store that i would buy... hmmmm, I believe i would have to go with the Orange Extract. Yummy! I could make that into so many things <3 Very close second is the Watermelon Jam <3

    1. Congratulations Chelle! You have won yourself the Southern Trio. Email me at: your mailing address so we can get your prize out to you. Thank you !

  15. I would absolutely love to try the Honeysuckle Jelly !!!!

  16. Liked both on FB, follow via GFC, and would love to try the vanilla extract (that was a tough decision!!)

  17. I am not on FB, so I can't do the FB requirements. Nice giveaway though and I follow you via email. Went to etsy and I would love to try the Strawberry Balsamic Organic Jam Preserves. I made some Strawberry Banana preserves earlier in the year and then a friend told me that my jars will probably explode due to the fact that bananas ferment. So far nothing has happened to mine and the preserves were delicious.

  18. like your fresh food from backyard idea!

  19. Carmel onion and garlic balsamic glaze sounds like it would be great on pork

  20. There isn't any way I can chose, I bet they are all good. If I am picked just close your eyes and reach for one.

  21. So want to try the Red Rose Petal Jelly! yummy

  22. The Double Chocolate Italian Biscotti Cookie Wedges sound wonderful!

  23. Jam Organic Blackberry NC Grown would love to try.

  24. Holy COW! What did I NOT want to try! I guess the fig jam, the chipotle mustard and several of the biscotti! Fabulous Etsy shop! I know where i'm getting some holiday gifts this year! Beautiful!

  25. I would try their lavender Jelly, Oh My!

  26. The Lavender Jelly looks and sounds amazing! What a great blog!

  27. I've never made raspberry jam but I've made blueberry and strawberry and it is a lot of fun to see the cans all lined up and filled with the fruit. Love it. It does make a mess, though. :) best wishes to you. We have ducks, too. Black Swedish and an imprint, too. (a duck who thinks he's human) ha ha

  28. Your jam is so pretty in those little jars.

    Thanks so much for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week. xo

  29. I would love to try Fogls Vanilla Pear Butter from the Etsy shop! So many yummy things there-hard to choose just one!!

  30. Homemade Vanilla Extract + Lavendar Sugar!

  31. Thank you so much for the easy recipe on that raspberry jam, Lisa! I would love to try it because I looovvvve raspberries! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  34. YUM Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! We had some fabulous entries this week! Our gluten free blogger directory is growing too! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) See you next Friday! Cindy from

  35. Oh Yum! Thanks for linking this up at the Carnival of Home Preserving.

    You are a featured post this week too. Come grab a button.

  36. I'd love to win!! Thanks a ton. eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

  37. Homemade jam is the best!
    I would love to have you share this and/or any other recipe of yours at Wednesday Extravaganza - my Foodie Link Party with a special something! Here is the link:

    Can't wait to see you there!


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