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Easy Organic Strawberry and Blueberry Jam Recipe

Two jars of homemade jam are wrapped with plaid and surrounded by strawberries and blueberries. Made with Bernardin Home Canning.

Organic Strawberry and Blueberry Jam Recipe

If you are like me, the thought of canning is something you’ve always wanted to do and while it sounds amazing, it can be a bit scary too.

Especially if you’ve never canned like me.

But, I learned that all of my fears and apprehensions about canning at home were completely unfounded.

Why?

Simply because canning at home was unbelievably easy and I am definitely HOOKED.

Home canning is not complicated. According to Bernardin, “it is a simple procedure that applies heat to food in a closed glass jar to interrupt the natural decaying that would otherwise take place. The air we breathe and all foods in their natural state contain microorganisms, such as molds, yeasts, bacteria, and enzymes. Food spoils when these factors are not controlled. Proper, safe home canning procedures control the growth of spoilage microorganisms allowing us to keep food beyond its normal storage period.”

The process seems easy enough, right?

A large box of a Bernardin Home Canning Starter Kit.

Tis the Season

Summer is in full swing and along with it comes the delicious and plentiful fruit seasons. I am a huge fan of jams and spreads.

My only qualms with it were that I couldn’t have it as often as I’d like because of the high sugar content. The sugar-free ones tasted different and contained aspartame.

So, when Bernardin asked me to try my hand at some summer canning, well, I knew I had to give it a whirl and make my own organic jams sweetened with stevia. 

The Bernardin starter kit on the counter ready to make organic strawberry and blueberry jam.

It’s Super Simple

Bernardin sent over a Home Canning Starter Kit for us. It’s perfect for lil ole me who has never canned before. It has everything you need to jump into the beautiful world of canning.

It comes with an Instructional DVD, 21-quart canner, canning rack, jar lifter, funnel, lid lifter, bubble remover, decorative jam jars with lids, pectin, and recipes.

I also received an amazing Bernardin Cook Book with recipes and even decoration ideas. 

Empty mason jars ready to make jam!

Jam In Just a Few Steps

It’s quite simple actually, you just wash your Bernardin cans with warm water and soap. Then you place them inside the canner and let them boil.

Place the lids into hot water (not boiling) and then move on to your fruit.

What I love about living in the city, is the proximity to farmlands and a lot of small-town farmers.

We had an abundance of organic strawberries and blueberries in the fridge and that meant one thing—let’s get to summer canning!

Using a Bernardin measuring tool to see how much to fill mason jars for jam.
Putting on the lids before they are sealed with water.
Mason jars filled with the organic strawberry and blueberry jam recipe are submerged to be sealed.

Cook, Pour, and Measure

Making the jam is super simple. You can read below for the entire recipe for Classic Strawberry jam. 

After you’ve prepared your jam, you can ladle it into the Bernardin cans using the funnel. Make sure that the jar is clean and free of any jam.

For this recipe, we want to leave about 1/4 inch from the top of the jar.

Adding the top of the lids is simple with the lid lifter and once you’ve applied the lids, you only tighten them hand tight.

Don’t tighten it too much as it will make a false seal. With the jar lifter, you add the cans into the boiling water and cover. You can use the Bernardin Home Canning Tool Kit.

Yes folks, making jam is amazingly easy with Bernardin and even more so with the Bernardin Home Canning Starter Kit.

It has everything you need and is perfect for beginners. I was able to make a healthy jam that I feel happy serving my family. What was the verdict?

It was a hit, the kids loved both but, loved the strawberry the best! You can also fancy them up and give them away as gifts!

Fresh Organic Blueberry Jam Sweetened with Stevia
Yield: 4 jars

Fresh Organic Blueberry Jam Sweetened with Stevia

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

A delicious spreadable jam made with local and organic blueberries and sweetened with stevia. Made in Bernardin jars.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of crushed blueberries
  • 4 tbsp 60 ml lemon juice
  • 1 pouch, 85 ml BERNARDIN Pectin Crystals
  • 1/2 tsp of butter or margarine
  • 2 cups stevia or to taste
  • 4 250 ml BERNARDIN jars
  • 1 large saucepan
  • 1 ladle
  • 1 BERNARDIN Home Canning Tool Kit
  • 4 squares of your favorite fabric
  • 4 spring or rope of your choice

Instructions

  1. Wash jars with warm water and soap.
  2. Place jars inside the BERNARDIN canner and boil. Fill with water to make them stay upwards.
  3. Wash and crush blueberries, one layer at a time.
  4. Measure your stevia and set aside.
  5. Measure your lemon juice, set aside.
  6. In saucepan, add the fruit mixture, lemon juice and BERNARDIN Pectin Crystals. Stir and bring to a rolling boil.
  7. Add 1/2 tsp of butter or margarine, this is to avoid foaming. Stir until fully melted.
  8. Add BERNARDIN Pectin Crystals and bring to a rolling boil.
  9. Boil hard for 1 minute.
  10. Remove from heat and with a spoon, remove any foam that has formed.
  11. Get your BERNARDIN Home Canning Tool Kit and prepare to fill the jars. Use the jar lifter to remove jars from the boiling water, tip to remove all water and bring over to your station where you are working.
  12. Place funnel at the top of the jars, ladle in mixture until almost the entire jar is filled.
  13. Use bubble remover and measure the space to 1/4 inch headspace between the top of the jar.
  14. Make sure to wipe any mixture from the top of the jar.
  15. Use the lid lifter and center the lid onto the can. Screw the band only until it is finger tight, any more and it will create a false seal.
  16. Repeat for the rest of the jars and using jar lifter, return them into the canner.
  17. Once all jars are inside the canner, make sure that the jars are covered by at least one inch of water.
  18. Cover canner with lid and then bring to a rolling boil. Approximately 10 minutes or so.
  19. Once you've boiled, remove lid, shut off stove and let them sit for 5 minutes.
  20. Remove jars using the jar lifter, place them on a protected surface and leave undisturbed for 24 hours.
  21. Do not tilt or tighten the seal.
  22. Check the seal, you can do this by pressing down. You will see if the seal has taken.
  23. You can label and store jars in a dark and cool place.
  24. Or you can decorate to give away as gifts. Apply squares and wrap around top of the lid, use string or rope to tie it in place.
  25. Once the jam is open, it's optional for you to refrigerate.

Notes

You can make the strawberry jam with the same recipe, just swap the blueberries for strawberries.

Did you make this recipe?

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The organic strawberry jam spread on an English muffin.

Know What’s In Your Jam

My jam was a big hit, it’s perfect for breakfast. We enjoyed them on English Muffins with some butter. Dara and the girls most enjoyed the strawberry as it was true to taste.

They swore it was store-bought but, I was happy and I have to admit, a bit proud that I am now able to make my own jams that my family approves of.

The jam was perfectly sweet and since I knew everything that went into it, I had peace of mind. 

Organic blueberry jam recipe is spread on an English muffin.
A closer look at the organic blueberry jam recipe.

Craving Something Sweet and Tart?

Well, this is the jam for you. To make this jam, all you have to do is replace the strawberries in the recipe above.

While I enjoyed the strawberry jam, I absolutely loved the blueberry. It was sweet, tart, and absolutely delicious.

My Dad came over to help us with a little home DIY and I offered him a cup of coffee with an English Muffin.

For kicks, I used both jams to see which one he would like. He was just like me, he loved the strawberry but, loved the blueberry more!

Another view of the strawberry jam on a buttered English muffin.

Ready for Home Canning?

I am proud of my first venture into home canning. It was a fun learning experience that I was happy to convert into gifts for my loved ones too.

The Bernardin Home Canning Kit and jars made the whole experience incredibly easy.

I can’t wait to expand my home canning repertoire to garlic spreads, salsas and much more. Being so simple and oh-so-sanitary, I just have to! 

Now, it’s your turn, if you’re a pro or a beginner—get started!

You May Also Like:

Right now, raspberries are in season and if you still have strawberries and blueberries stored, why not preserve them?

If you are looking for a delicious homemade apple cider, you can make that too.

For more information, you can check out Bernardin.ca and get started! 

Have you ever made your own jam—how did it turn out?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!

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100 Comments

  1. My parents used to make homemade jam all the time, but they stopped for some reason. I miss it because it really was the best jam ever.

  2. I've make pickles but have never make preserves. This looks amazing!
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  3. This sounds delicious! I love that it's TOTALLY healthy, because it's sweetened with a natural sugar alternative. I don't have to worry about excess calories from sugar or toxic byproducts from artificial sweeteners!
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  4. I used to help mom do canning when I was little, I think her process was a lot more complicated than this. I've always wanted to make my own, maybe I need to try!!

    1. It always seemed this way for me too. So hard. But, really it\’s really simple. There are different types of jams and jellies though. This is the easiest I find.

    2. It always seemed this way for me too. So hard. But, really it\’s really simple. There are different types of jams and jellies though. This is the easiest I find.

    3. It always seemed this way for me too. So hard. But, really it\’s really simple. There are different types of jams and jellies though. This is the easiest I find.

  5. My family loves home made jam. We had a neighbour who always kept us supplied with some but she just moved away.

  6. Very cool! I have a similar kit from another brand! Loved making my canned goodies.
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  7. Oooh, I have never thought of making jam with Stevia.. what a great idea. This would be great for us. Thanks so much

  8. I love home canning. I just canned a bunch of tomato sauce today. Your jam looks delicious. Great way to use your Bernardin starter kit!

  9. I was always scared about canning growing up; until I did my first batch of canning jam 5 years ago. And from that first batch; I was hooked! Now i do it every year! I LOVE canning!

  10. I have always been a little scared to can, I hear it’s hard. I just need to take a leap and try it!

  11. I love how elegant your jam looks. I have always wanted to can but it seems intimidating. That kit sounds easy and simple
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  12. I love how elegant your jam looks. I have always wanted to can but it seems intimidating. That kit sounds easy and simple
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  13. I love this! Jarring your own jam should be a practice we still do more often in America. Reminds me of the good times in the past. And you know what it is your jam too!

    1. Exactly. I always wanted to learn and thanks to Bernardin, I was able to finally add this to my repertoire. It\’s a great practice.

  14. Wow does that ever bring back a lot of memories! My mom had something like that, I recognize the black pot and I used to helper her. Even still, I have never canned myself, it just seemed like too much work like you said. However it looks like improvements to the kit have made it super easy and your jams look absolutely delicious! I may just have to think about trying it.

  15. Yum, thanks for sharing the recipe. I really want to try canning this year. I love homemade jam so much.

  16. This looks awesome.. I did my very first canning this past weekend, too.. Loved your post and I can't believe how simple it is to use and make..thanks for sharing, yours looks delicious

  17. Making preserves is on top of my "Must Learn" list. That looks delish and that canning set makes it all seem so much simpler!

  18. We just went blueberry picking and making jam is a great idea. Although I don't recommend using Stevia – it's not good for the body.

    1. Thanks for your insight. I prefer Stevia over artificial sweetener. It is my preference. I guess that is the good thing about canning, you can add whatever you want.

  19. I've never used Stevia, definitely curious to use it! Most of our canning has been tomatoes. Every. Year.
    Strawberry and raspberry jam is definitely happening next season.

  20. Oh what a fabulous recipe thank you so much! I was hoping to get out and get some strawberries picked but didn't make it.. nothing better then home made strawberry jam!

  21. My grandmother used to make all kinds of jams, jellies and pickled goodies. I would love to follow in her footsteps and your post has definitely encouraged me to try!

  22. I jar spaghetti sauce every year takes me 3 long days do do it. takes me 3 wks to be able to eat a tomato again lol

  23. I won recently a Bernardin canning kit having never done any canning before – so I am looking for recipes to try out so I have added this one to my list – I love jam

  24. We used to go blueberry picking when I was a child and I loved watching my mother make blueberry jam and pies, man they were to die for! I must get around to trying to make them myself so thanks for sharing your recipe

  25. Thanks for sharing. I've always been curious about preserving, the starter kit is definitely something i would use, cheers!

  26. I used to make homemade jam/jellies all the time but got away from it. It is really something I should get back into because homemade does taste better!

  27. Just got my last basket of wild blueberries. Just might have to try this jam, you make it look easy. Thanks for sharing.

  28. I love that you were able to make it with the Stevia. I'm diabetic and with a little bit of fruit I am fine it's the sugar in regular jams that do me in lol. So this will let me eat jam and not have to worry.

  29. I love bottling and we do many cases of different things from jams to meats but this year I am going to use stevia instead of regular white sugar and cut down on the calories.

  30. I am so excited to find this recipe using Stevia for homemade jam because my husband is a diabetic.This is awesome! Thank you for posting it.I love doing home canning too.

  31. This jam sounds really yummy! I need to pull out my canning equipment this year and get my canning act together!

  32. The use of Stevia definitely makes it healthier, and with all the natural ingredients, I can't see it losing it's taste

  33. These recipes are fabulous.I make this jam every year and love canning.Thanks so much for this post.

  34. The jam looks so fresh and delicious.I have some stevia here and I am going to try this.Thanks for the great post.

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