3-Minute No Sugar Microwave Jam

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3-Minute No Sugar Microwave Jam ~ this amazingly fresh and vibrant jam is made in just minutes in the microwave, without any of the muss and fuss associated with traditional jam making ~ score!

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.

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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.

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The microwave is an amazing tool, and there are so many incredible things you can do with it ~ I’ve used it for:

3-Minute No Sugar Microwave Jam

Yield: makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or a mix) rinsed
  • 1/4 tsp corn starch

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Spoon the jam into a clean jar and let cool Store in the refrigerator, the jam will firm up as it cools.
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Make it your own ~

  • You can also use the hot jam, right out of the microwave, as a dessert sauce over cake or ice cream.

 

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  • Reply
    Rose forsyth
    July 19, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Could you freeze this?

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 19, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      I don’t see why not Rose, it would be the same as freezing any jam, so I think it would work fine.

  • Reply
    Emly
    July 19, 2018 at 5:40 am

    I just sent you an email. I was wondering if I could use sweet cherries? I would pit them of course!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 19, 2018 at 7:14 am

      Hey Emily ~ cherries aren’t very juicy, so I’m not sure they will work. If you want to experiment, I would mince them really fine and maybe add a little water. The nice thing with this recipe is that you can try it without wasting a ton of fruit. Let me know how it goes!

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    Sue
    July 12, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Does this only work with berries? Will it work with peaches, apricots, etc?

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 12, 2018 at 6:13 pm

      I will take longer with fruit like peaches, etc. and you’d have to cut them in small pieces, Sue, but it should work the same way.

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    Shawna
    July 2, 2018 at 10:22 am

    I doubled the blackberries and the cornstarch and it is way too thick. How can I thin it out?

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 2, 2018 at 10:41 am

      I would try blending in some warm water or fruit juice Shawna.

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    Nancy
    May 16, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Looks wonderful! But, did you find a recipe for a crisp, too? I’ve been looking for one without so much butter!

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    Beth
    May 16, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    How long does this jam last in the fridge? Thinking about gifting some to a friend and want to be sure she doesn’t keep it too long!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 16, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      It’s good for about a week or so, probably longer, Beth, but this is purposely a small batch, so it will probably be eaten up faster than that!

      • Reply
        Beth
        May 16, 2018 at 12:56 pm

        Thank you!

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    Mary Marentay
    May 16, 2018 at 6:19 am

    I can’t wait to try this. As a diabetic, a no sugar jam is perfect!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 16, 2018 at 6:28 am

      I think you’ll have fun with this, Mary. You can basically make any jam into a no -sugar recipe, just cook the fruit down until thick on the stove or in the micro. You can flavor it with lemon juice, vanilla bean, cardamom, etc.

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    Diane
    May 9, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I made a little batch with fresh blackberries and frozen blueberries. Knowing store-bought frozen blueberries produce more liquid, I added extra cornstarch and a small sprinkle of sugar to taste. The wonderful aroma, the beautiful color, and fresh berry taste….outstanding!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 9, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks so much Diane, I so happy it worked out so well.

  • Reply
    Hollie
    March 3, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Does it have to be a glass bowl?

    • Reply
      Diane
      May 9, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      It just needs to be a microwave safe dish. ?

      • Reply
        Sue
        May 9, 2018 at 2:45 pm

        Yes, that’s right.

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    Joanna Benson
    March 3, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    This looks delicious. Jam that tastes like it was picked fresh from the garden. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Jan Salmon
    December 21, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Oh gosh – I made this and got a very thin sauce. ISW that one quarter teaspoon measure of cornstarch correct? My family needs a jam which stays up, on the toast or scones … please help!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Just microwave it a little longer, Jan, it should thicken up as it cooks. Your berries could have been extra juicy.

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    Catherine A Smith
    April 28, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe, very much appreciated now I don’t have to buy store bought jam!! This jam is healthier too.

  • Reply
    Janet
    September 15, 2016 at 6:34 am

    This is probably a dumb question, but do you microwave the fruit on High power? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 15, 2016 at 7:12 am

      Yes, Janet, I use high. Good luck!

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    Cindy
    June 10, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Super idea but wondering if I can water bath can it and wondered how long to process…thanks

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 10, 2016 at 7:25 am

      This particular recipe is meant for a small batch that you consume within a short time, Cindy.

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      Marlene
      March 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Can I use taioca starch?

      • Reply
        Sue
        March 3, 2018 at 2:42 pm

        That should work Marlene :)

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