Triple Berry Jam

I love jam. I am not kidding. It’s just my thing…jam is my jam. There really is something special about it. In fact, there was a Christmas a few years back where my mother-in-law bought me jam, and it just about brought me to tears! Bless her, because it was and still is, a very happy and memorable moment. Jam-of-the-month club? Sign me up!

But here’s the deal, sometimes those jams are loaded with sugar. I know, a lot of people dig that extra shot of carbohydrate-crazy in the morning, but not me. I like the fruit and I want to taste the fruit, not the sugar. So, when I’m itching for some seriously tasty, fruity jam, I make my own. It’s completely simple to do and I love that I control what goes in it, that means less sugar, more fruit. Yay!

This triple berry jam is a great way to enjoy the rest of your summer produce. Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are all delicious and amazingly nutritious, so why not make a jam out of them!? If you don’t have fresh, use frozen, just know that you may need to cook it a little longer than the recipe below states.

What else can you use this delicious jam for besides toast? How about swirling it in yogurt? Or adding it to your bowl of oatmeal? I also think it’s pretty amazing on top of frozen yogurt or a piece of angel food cake. Yum!

Ps-Don’t skip the zest! It’s such a refreshing addition. Just be sure to wait to add it until the jam has cooled off a bit, otherwise it’ll just taste bitter.

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Triple Berry Jam

A simple homemade jam made with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, orange and a touch of honey.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and quarted (or cut into eighths if large)

Instructions

  1. Combine the honey and orange juice in the bottom of a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the fruit, stir, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 40 minutes.
  2. Remove pan from the heat, transfer the jam to a bowl or jar and allow to cool.
  3. Once cooled, stir in the orange zest then cover with a lid and refrigerate until ready to enjoy.

Notes

  • Makes about 1/3 cup jam.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 222
  • Sugar: 42
  • Sodium: 4
  • Fat: 1
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 56
  • Protein: 3
  • Cholesterol: 0

Easy Mango Preserves

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I love mangoes. They are exquisite in every way. Beautiful to look at and beautiful to eat. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better than enjoying the sweet, tropical flavor of a ripe mango. Mangoes have only been a relatively recent discovery for me. Growing up in Indiana, I never once encountered a mango anywhere. That’s not too ironic, I suppose. Now, it seems mangoes are everywhere. Thank goodness! And when they go on sale, I just can’t help myself and buy way more than I (or the rest of my family) can possibly eat. Not wanting to waste their tasty goodness, I needed to find a way to make use of mine before they went from ripe to inedible. I immediately thought of jelly/jam/preserves. Since my breakfast EVERY DAY consists of peanut butter on toast with some kind of jelly, I knew, that if I turned those extra mangoes into preserves, I could enjoy them EVERY DAY! Woo hoo! So, with just a little bit of time (20 minutes max!) and only a little bit of sugar and lemon juice, I had a winning recipe for mango preserves! Now I share the recipe with you! Enjoy and feel good that you made something delicious and perhaps, even better, than some of those store bought preserves.
 

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Easy Mango Preserves

This mango preserve recipe is simple to make is a delicious treat on toast or as a topping for yogurt or ice cream!

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Ingredients

  • 3 large, ripe mangos, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a large saucepot and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir, reduce heat and allow mixture to simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes or until it has thickened slightly.
  2. Remove from heat and allow preserves to cool before placing in a jar or bowl. Once fully cooled, cover with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  3. Enjoy within 7-10 days.

Notes

  • Jazz it up! You can add other ingredients for a fun twist. Add a cinnamon stick while the mixture simmers (remove before storing) or add the zest of a lime or lemon after the mixture has been taken off of the heat. You could even add flaked coconut or chopped, dried pineapple for a fun tropical version.
  • Makes about 1 cup.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 16
  • Calories: 50
  • Sugar: 12
  • Sodium: 1
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 13
  • Protein: 1
  • Cholesterol: 0