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How to Make Blueberry Jam (no pectin recipe)

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Whip up a batch of Homemade Blueberry Jam with fresh or frozen blueberries. This no-pectin Blueberry Jam Recipe is made with only 3 ingredients and is perfect for slathering on bread, English muffins, scones, and so much more!  

Homemade Blueberry Jam recipe

No Pectin Blueberry Jam Recipe

If you’ve been a reader for any amount of time, you probably already know we are die-hard blueberry fans over here. I mean we just can’t stay out of them, and when Sprouts puts them on sale, we load up!  (Have you seen my no-bake Blueberry Pie Recipe or Lemon Blueberry Bread? They are both amazing!)

This Homemade Blueberry Jam Recipe is made with no pectin, no starches, or fillers, just three simple ingredients!

All you need is a few minutes over the stove and you will have an amazing and sweet homemade jam.

Blueberry Jam Recipe

I have an amazing Strawberry Jam and Peach Jam Recipe that is basically the same as this blueberry jam. Just fruit and sugar plus a bit of lemon to help the jam set. (Lemon juice is a natural pectin source. It helps the jam set up and also helps prevent the growth of bacteria in your jam.)

The blueberry jam came out beautifully with minimal effort, and I will for sure be making it whenever we have a surplus of berries in our home. 

Ingredients Needed to Make Blueberry Jam

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  • 2 cups Blueberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
no pectin blueberry jam recipe

How to make Blueberry Jam

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  • Start by placing your sugar, lemon juice, and blueberries in a pan
  • You will work at cooking the berry mixture on the stove until it begins to boil stirring constantly.
    how to make blueberry Jam
  • Reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes. Gently smash the blueberries with the back of the spoon while cooking
  • Towards the end of the cooking time, the blueberry mixture will begin to thicken just a bit.
  • Transfer your blueberry jam to jars and allow it to cool to room temperature. 
  • Once the jam is at room temperature, seal and store it in the fridge. 

This recipe makes one 8oz Jar of Blueberry Jam


I store my Homemade Blueberry Jam in the fridge in 8 oz mason jars with lids.

Homemade Jam is best when used within the first 10 days of making it. However, if left unopened, jam could stay usable in the fridge for 1-3 months.

If you would like to freeze your blueberry jam, just place the jars (or use a freezer bag) in the freezer. You’ll want to leave a little room for the jam to expand as it freezes. For best results, use the frozen jam within a year.

Thaw Jam in the fridge the night before you plan to eat it.

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Ways to use your Blueberry Jam

  • Spread on muffins, bread, etc.
  • Top yogurt bowls.
  • Pair with oatmeal.
  • Add a dollop of the jam to ice cream.
  • Mix in smoothies, etc…
  • Use on top of cheesecake.
How to make blueberry jam from scratch


How long do you cook Blueberry Jam?

Cook the jam for about 10 minutes or until the temperature of the jam reaches 220°f.

How To Know When Jam Is Done

For best results, use a thermometer to check the temperature. You will want the jam to reach 220°F. 220°F is the heat point at which the sugar bonds with the pectin and forms a gel.

It can take 24-48 hours for the jam to fully set up. So if it is still on the thinner side, don’t worry. Know that as it sits in the fridge, it will continue to set up. 

Another method to test if the jam is ready is the “plate in the freezer” method. (Remove jam from heat while conducting the test.)

Place a small plate in the freezer when you begin cooking the jam. When you are ready to test to see if the jam will set, remove the plate from the freezer and place a quarter size amount of the jam in the center of the plate. Place the plate back in the freezer for about a minute. Run your finger through the jam on the plate. if it wrinkles and is jell-like, the jam is ready. If the jam “fills in” the line you made with your finger, you should cook the jam for another few minutes.

Does It Matter If I Use Fresh Or Frozen Blueberries?

This easy jam recipe works great with both fresh and frozen blueberries. Blueberries are picked and frozen at their prime, so the sweetness is very comparable to fresh. The texture of frozen berries is a bit different, but since you are cooking the berries, you don’t have to worry. 

For this go around, I used fresh blueberries, but I have used frozen berries in the past. 

Do you need to add pectin to make Blueberry Jam?

Blueberries are naturally low in pectin. What this means is you will need to add something to help the blueberries gel. In this recipe, we use sugar and lemon juice instead of pectin.

How long does homemade jam last?

Unopened in the fridge, the jam will last 2 to 3 months. Once the jar is opened, I recommend using the jam within 10 days for the best flavor. If you can your jam using the water-bath method, you can expect your sealed jars (stored in a cool, dry place) to last 1 to 2 years.

How To Can Homemade Fruit Jam For Pantry Storage:

This fruit jam recipe is perfect for water bath canning. I have the Ball Home Canning kit. It contains everything you need for water bath canning.

To can your blueberry jam:

  1. Sterilize the jars and lids. Whatever size you like. (I prefer the 8 oz jars for this recipe.)
  2. Add the strawberry jam to the jar, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Use a skinny spatula to help remove air pockets.
  3. Wipe down jar rims and add the lids. Seal to fingertip tightness. (Screw on till you feel resistance. Too loose, jar won’t seal, too tight air won’t release properly.)
  4. Process for 5 minutes in the boiling water. Turn off the heat and let the jars sit in the water for another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove jars and let cool for 12 to 24 hours. Check the seal by removing the band and pressing the center of each lid. If you are able to indent the lid, your jam did not seal properly. Store in a cool, dry location for 1 for best quality, but may be good for up to 2 years. Be sure to test your jar for spoilage before using it. 

Keep in mind higher altitudes affect boiling, and you will need to process the jam differently. (I believe I read boiling points are lower at high altitudes.)

easy blueberry jam recipe

More Blueberry Recipes to Make:

Grab your plump and juicy blueberries and make this blueberry jam recipe for yourself or gift it to another blueberry lover!

Tried this Blueberry Jam recipe?

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blueberry Jam recipe

How to Make Blueberry Jam (no pectin recipe)

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star 5 from 69 reviews
  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 8 oz jar 1x
  • Category: jams and jellies
  • Method: stovetop


Delicious no-pectin Blueberry Jam Recipe, made with 3 ingredients! It’s perfect for slathering on bread, English muffins, scones, and so much more!


  • 2 heaping cups of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice


  1. Add blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice to a medium saucepan.
  2. Stirring frequently, cook over medium high heat until blueberry mixture comes to a rolling boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling and stirring for 10 minutes.
  4. Towards the end of the cooking time, use the back of the spoon to gently crush some of the berries.
  5. At the end of the 10 minutes the blueberry liquid should be slightly thickened. You can also use a thermometer to judge done-ness. When the blueberry mixture reaches 220°F, the jam is done. (I watched the clock, my jam hit 220°F at almost exactly 10 minutes.)
  6. Transfer the blueberry jam to a storage jar and let come to room temperature.
  7. Once at room temp, seal jars and store in the refrigerator. The jam might take 24 to 48 hours to fully set up. (But it can be eaten immediately.)
  8. For best results use in about 10 days. (If sealed properly and unopened, your jam could last anywhere from 1 to 3 months in the fridge.)


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 47
  • Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 12
  • Protein: 0

Good luck making jam!

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  1. GrammyPammy says:

    I blended, in a blender, about 1/3 of the berries with the lemon juice. Increased to 2 Tbsp lemon juice. When cooked, it thickened nicely, but needs more lemon. Also added 1 tsp cinnamon. Next time I’ll add 3 Tbsp lemon juice and some zest.

  2. This looks super easy! I came across a lot of frozen blueberries. I was wondering if I can freeze the jam or make it last longer if I make a big batch?

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Yes, it can be frozen. Thaw in the fridge to use.

  3. Leighanna says:

    I love this blueberry jam recipe. I’ve made it several times now and it’s super easy and has turned out great everytime.

  4. Kimberley says:

    I made this recipe today I doubled it. It came out phenomenal. I added extra cayanne and jalapeno to make it a little spicy. Came out delicious.

  5. This is a very good Blueberry Jam recipe! So easy and delicious.

  6. Love it! Going to make again

    1. Love it and so easy. Delicious

  7. The Lloyd's says:

    I tried it! It came out amazing. Best preserve we’ve ever had. never buying from the store again

  8. UnBelievably delicious easy to make simple ingredients. You are a genius I never attempted anything like this always wanted to dreamed of it now can’t wait to try the peach thank you so much

  9. What a super easy and yummy recipe! The family loved it too.

  10. Super easy, and so good! Thank you, I never made jam, and we were given a beautiful lb of blueberries. I can’t believe I did it! ❤️

  11. Heather Bosko-Kelly says:

    Can I freeze this jam?

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      sure, just leave a bit of room at the top of the jar.

  12. Omg it’s delicious!!!!!!

  13. Love it! Worked well for me. My granddaughter loves all the jams and jellies that I do. Making them is cheaper and better than store bought

  14. Heather Kelly says:

    Can this blueberry jam be frozen?

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Sure, just leave about 1/4th inch gap at the top of the jar before freezing.

  15. I can’t believe how easy this was! I used one bag of frozen blueberries, the sugar, and the juice from one lemon. The only thing is, I got tired of stirring and it wouldn’t go past 218 degrees, so I turned up the heat a little. Within one minute it turned instantly to very thick jam! I was able to add some boiled water to thin it to the right consistency. It’s delicious and really easy!

  16. Anna Rodriguez says:

    This jam is absolutely perfect and so easy to make. It’s honestly the easiest recipe I’ve ever used! It was a great filler in my cakes and cupcakes. I was in a time crunch and used mixed berries and lime juice instead and it worked just as well.

  17. Anna Rodriguez says:

    This jam is absolutely perfect and so easy to make. It’s honestly the easiest recipe I’ve ever used! It was a great filler in my cakes and cupcakes.

  18. Loved this and turned out great! Plus, super easy!

  19. so easy, so delishy! thanks

  20. This makes great jam. However, if you live at altitude the time amounts in the recipe won’t work. I tripled the recipe but reduced the sugar to a heaping 1/2 C per 2C blueberries. It takes about 20-30 min to bring the triple amount of blueberries to a rolling boil. To get it to 220 degrees requires another 30 min. I used my thermometer. At altitude I strong urge using the plate test. I live at 5300 ft.

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Thank you for the advice. I have never lived anywhere that is over 1000 ft!