How to make jam – many flavours recipes

Jam making is a delightful way to capture the essence of various fruits in a jar, preserving their flavors to enjoy all year round. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, these recipes will guide you through creating delicious jams in a variety of flavors.

Basic Ingredients:

  • Fruit of your choice (strawberries, blackberries, peaches, etc.)
  • Equal weight of granulated sugar to the fruit
  • Lemon juice (optional, but helps in setting the jam)


  • Large pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sterilized jars and lids

General Steps for Jam Making:

  1. Prep Your Fruit: Wash and cut your fruit as needed. For berries, hull or stem them; for stone fruits, pit and chop them.
  2. Maceration: Combine the fruit and sugar in a bowl. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight to draw out juices.
  3. Cooking: Transfer the mixture to a large pot. Add a dash of lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then simmer, stirring occasionally.
  4. Testing Consistency: After 20-30 minutes, test the jam by placing a small amount on a cold plate. If it wrinkles when pushed, it’s ready.
  5. Jarring and Sealing: Pour the hot jam into sterilized jars, leaving space at the top. Wipe rims, apply lids, and tighten bands.
  6. Water Bath Canning (Optional): For longer shelf life, process in a water bath.

Flavor Variations:

  1. Strawberry Jam: Classic and beloved, use fresh strawberries for a sweet and slightly tart jam.
  2. Blackberry Jam: For a more robust flavor, blackberries make a deliciously deep and dark jam.
  3. Peach Jam: A taste of summer, peach jam is sweet and fragrant.
  4. Mixed Berry Jam: Combine strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries for a berry bonanza.
  5. Apple Cinnamon Jam: Add cinnamon sticks while cooking apple jam for a warm, spiced flavor.
  6. Grape Jam: Use seedless grapes for a smooth and traditional grape jam.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Always use fresh and ripe fruits for the best flavor.
  • Adding a bit of lemon zest can enhance the flavor profile.
  • Experiment with spices like cinnamon, vanilla, or nutmeg for unique twists.


Making your own jam is not only a fun and rewarding process but also allows you to experiment with flavors and combinations. Enjoy these jams on toast, in desserts, or as sweet homemade gifts. With these simple steps and recipes, you’re well on your way to becoming a jam-making expert!