I love the taste of Saskatoon berries and this jam recipe keeps the deliciousness going all summer long. American friends, you might also know these berries as serviceberries or juneberries. Whatever you call them, this jam is delicious and easy to make.
One thing that might be a little different about this recipe than others you might find, is that I like to chop up the Saskatoons beforehand, instead of mashing them with a potato masher while they’re cooking. I just don’t like eating a full berry on my toast, I like the texture that comes from blending them up a bit beforehand better.
- 5 cups Saskatoon berries
- 1 medium apple
- 5 cups white sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 package pectin
- Sterilize jars you'll be using for canning be either boiling for 10 minutes, running through a bottle sterilizer, or cooking in the oven for 10 minutes at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Boil the lids and rings in water for 10 minutes.
- Pulse clean Saskatoon berries and cored apple in a blender for a minute.
- Pour mixture into a tall pot, and add sugar and lemon juice.
- Cook on medium high heat, stirring frequently. Add the pectin when the mixture boils.
- The pectin package says to boil for one minute, but I frequently find that my jam never sets with that short of a boil. I suggest boiling for 3-5 minutes.
- Turn off heat and pour jam into sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace..
- Clean off any spillage on the rims with a clean cloth.
- Put on lids and secure with rims. Boil in water for 10 minutes. The water must be at least 1 inch over the top of the jars.
- Remove after 10 minutes and set jars on a clean towel. Do not tilt the jar as you remove it, as that could compromise the seal. Do not move jars for 24 hours.
- If you have any jars that don't seal, or a jar with too much headspace, put it in the fridge and use that one first.
If you live at a higher altitude, you may need to boil your jars, lids, rims, and jam for more than 10 minutes to sterilize them. Please see this guide for proper altitude adjustments.
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