This Instant Pot Jam can be made with fresh or frozen fruit, like strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots and others. No pectin needed!
Why This Method Works
Homemade jam is very easy to make, especially if you have an Instant Pot. You only need fruit, water, sugar, and lemon juice to make it. No high fructose corn syrup or pectin is needed! You can use virtually any fruit, fresh or frozen. It takes only 3 minutes to pressure cook it and can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. We love it on toasted bagels or toast but also as fillings in desserts.
I always enjoy making basic staple ingredients from scratch. This homemade jam is my favorite. I always made it on the stove but since I got the Instant Pot, the process is much easier for me. I hope you try it!
- fruit: fresh or frozen; at least 1 pound; I used blueberries, strawberries and peaches;
- water: necessary to build pressure in the Instant Pot;
- granulated sugar: necessary for the texture and setting of the jam; don't skip it or the jam will be runny;
- lemon juice: every jam needs acid so don't skip this ingredient;
- cornstarch: needed to thicken the jam;
- vanilla extract: adds flavor; optional.
How to make jam in the Instant Pot?
This jam can be made with pretty much any fruit. I made blueberry, strawberry, and peach jam.
- Place berries (I used frozen) in the Instant Pot, and add water, lemon juice, and sugar.
- Close the lid and set the timer to 3 minutes.
- Once done, let the IP release pressure naturally.
- Stir in a cornstarch slurry (mix cornstarch with water) and stir until the jam thickens.
- Hull, wash and chop strawberries.
- Place them in the Instant Pot, with water, lemon juice, and sugar.
- Pressure cook for 3 minutes.
- Let the Instant Pot release pressure naturally.
- Stir in cornstarch slurry until thickened.
- Wash peaches. Slice in half, and remove the pit. Remove skin if desired.
- Chop and place in the Instant Pot.
- Add water, sugar, and lemon juice.
- Pressure cook for 4 minutes.
- Let the pressure release naturally.
- Stir in the cornstarch slurry until the jam thickens.
Yes! You can use honey instead of sugar. Add ½ cup of honey or maple syrup to the fruit. Do not stir. You can also add ½ cup of chia seeds to thicken and skip the cornstarch slurry.
I made it with fresh and frozen cranberries and it was amazing. You can use blackberries, apricots, oranges, etc.
This jam will easily last for up to 2 weeks in a fridge, in a jar with a lid.
This recipe makes one 16-ounce jar and one 8-ounce jar of jam.
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Instant Pot Jam
- 1 lb blueberries fresh or frozen, see note
- ¼ cup water
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
- Make sure the insert is in your Instant Pot.
- Place berries in the Instant Pot, add water, lemon juice and sugar. Do not stir!1 lb blueberries, ¼ cup water, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, ¾ cup granulated sugar
- Close the lid and set the pressure valve to sealing position.
- Press "manual" setting and set timer to 3 minutes.
- Once the cooking cycle is done, let the IP release pressure naturally. Do not touch the valve.
- Mix cornstarch with water in a small bowl.2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water
- Add cornstarch slurry into jam and stir until the thickens. Stir in vanilla.1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cool until safe to handle, then pour into a jar.
- Cool completely before storing in the fridge.
- You can use fresh of frozen fruit. If you use frozen fruit, the Instant Pot will take longer to come to pressure. The cooking time stays the same.
- I made this recipe with blueberries, strawberries, peaches, with fresh and frozen cranberries and it was amazing. You can use blackberries, apricots, oranges, etc.
- Berries only need 3 minutes of cooking time. For larger fruit, use 4 to 5 minutes.
- This recipe makes one 16oz jar and one 8 oz jar of jam.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.