Homemade 3 Ingredient Blueberry Jam
My parents are obsessed with jam, as am I, but there is always so much sugar and additives in the jams that we buy. I decided I wanted to make my own jam using only 3 ingredients. Forget all the additives, it tastes just as great without them! I had so many blueberries that were about to go bad so I decided to make blueberry chia jam, but you can use any type of berry (or a mixture) for this recipe. This is a great way to reduce your food waste and use up your produce before it goes bad.
If you don’t already know, I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland during my junior year of college and absolutely loved it (I really wanted to move there for awhile). When I was there I was obsessed with this Vegan cafe right near where I went to school, I went there ALL the time. I always ordered a vegan scone because scones are my favorite and almost always have dairy in them so I am unable to eat them. This scone was probably the best scone I have ever eaten in my life (and yes I have had a fair share of dairy filled scones pre lactose intolerance). The scone would come out warm with a side of vegan butter and jam and it was heavenly. Whenever I think about scones or jams it takes me right back to those moments in that cafe.
If you decide to make a big batch of homemade jam and you aren’t sure if you can use it all, you can always freeze it in a mason jar to extend the shelf life. I like doing that because then I don’t have to worry about not having any jam in my fridge or worry about having to make more when I run out. Even though it takes no time and is literally the easiest thing to make, I love having a big batch of this at all times.
I am looking forward to making different types of jams throughout the year with different seasonal fruits. I have been trying to buy fruits and veggies that are currently in season to try to get the freshest and most tasty produce and also to get the max amount of nutrients out of the produce. I love looking up online seasonal ingredients each month and framing my grocery list around that. There are tons of resources online that will map out what is in season each month of the year!
- 1 pint of blueberries
- 2 TBS maple syrup or honey
- 2 TBS chia seeds
- In a small pot or saucepan add the blueberries on medium heat and mash with either a fork or a potato masher
- Once berries are almost fully mashed, add the honey/ maple syrup and the chia seeds and cook on low for about 5-10 minutes.
- Refrigerate and let settle before using!