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Four-Step Berry Jam, Fresh From the Garden

Fresh Berries Although berries can take a few years to get going, the wait is worth it. Once you’ve developed a berry crop, you can harvest from the start of summer, to well into the fall. There’s really nothing better than having several months’ worth of fresh-picked berries from a backyard garden.

Not only does the taste surpass that of the store-bought variety, but, you can freeze or preserve your berries for flavorful fruit throughout the winter.

One delicious way to make use of your berries is to make a simple jam. Whether you choose to use blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, or a combination of all three, jam is easy to make and is an instant crowd-pleaser to complement almost any meal.

The berries pictured here – picked fresh from our office garden – are perfect for jam, as the tartness of our blackberries is balanced by the sweet, milder taste of the white raspberries. The red raspberries make for the ideal base flavor.


  • 2 cups crushed berries of your choosing
  • 1.5 cups sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl, crush your fruit using a masher, and measure out 2 cups of muddled berries.
  2. Simmer your berries over medium-heat.
  3. Add the sugar, and bring to a boil for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Continue the process until the jam reaches your desired consistently.
  4. Remove from heat and cool off. Refrigerate for 2-3 weeks, or continue with a canning process to keep your jam throughout the colder months.

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