I was noodling around in the kitchen the other day with berries and the microwave. I was trying to develop a microwave berry crisp when I accidentally discovered this amazing jam. I guess technically I didn’t discover it, because when I Googled it, there were plenty of others who got there first. BUT it is new to me, and maybe to you too! I made a little pot of jam, with no sugar at all, from a cup of mixed berries, in the microwave, in 3 minutes. And it’s pure fruit heaven. Because there’s no added sugar, and the jam is flash-cooked, it tastes wonderfully fresh. And it’s instant gratification, which is always good.
And by the way, those other microwave recipes I found? They all use sugar. The reason there is so much sugar in traditional jams and jellies is that sugar is a preservative, and functions to help the pectin form a gel. But for this kind of quick, small batch jam, there’s no need for it. Your reward is an eye-opening fresh fruit flavor that you will not believe.
This works really well with berries because they break down so quickly, and the nice thing is that you can make this with just a handful. There’s no need for peeling, chopping, or pitting. I used raspberries and blueberries, but any small berry combination will do. I didn’t try this with larger blackberries, or strawberries, they would need chopping and probably extra time.
- 1 cup berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or a mix) rinsed
- 1/4 tsp corn starch
- Put the berries in a large glass bowl. If you are using blackberries and they are large, cut them in half. Toss the berries with the cornstarch.
- Cover the bowl with a dinner plate, and microwave for 3 minutes. Give it a stir. If your jam is still very runny, pop it back into the microwave for 30 second intervals. Be careful, it will get quite hot.
- Spoon the jam into a clean jar and let cool Store in the refrigerator, the jam will firm up as it cools.
You can also use the hot jam, right out of the microwave, as a dessert sauce over cake or ice cream.