I love making jams! I love fruit in general and taking it and turning it into sweet goodness that can stay there on the shelf and I can enjoy whenever I want just takes my fruit love to a whole new level!
I’ve tried to make jams the traditional way at the beginning of my jam journey, however, I found out fast enough that the one part sugar to one part fruit ratio is just not going to work for me. The jams were too sweet, overwhelmingly sweet to the point that I couldn’t taste the fruit.
After a little bit of mentoring from an experienced jam-maker, I learned that I can easily cut the sugar in half and still have a sweet jam (but not too sweet!) that can last on the shelf for many months! So this is how I make my jams now… I keep a one part fruit to one half part sugar ratio and I never use store-bought pectin. Instead, I use lemon juice and lemon seeds that have natural pectin in them to help me thicken my jams.
Below is a collection of all the jam recipes that I have here on the blog. Some are made with summer fruit and some with fall or winter fruit. I hope that you’ll find something you’d like!
Low Sugar Jam Recipes
Low sugar jam recipes without store-bought pectin.
In this recipe for low-sugar apricot jam, I use half of the sugar we usually use to make traditional jam. There is also no store-bought pectin in this Apricot jam. This is a delicious and not too sweet summer jam!
This mango jalapeno jam uses less sugar and no store-bought pectin. Mango jalapeno jam is sweet with a little bit of spice to it. It’s a great ingredient to have on hand and a great way to preserve both mangos and jalapenos.
This grape jam recipe is simple to make. It uses seedless grapes which are easy to find, less sugar, and no store-bought pectin. This simple grape jam without pectin is also very easy to can and is a great way to preserve grapes!
Mango jam is delicious and super easy to make. I make mine with less sugar and no store-bought pectin. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how I make my low sugar mango jam and how I can it so it will last for months!
Simple, low sugar strawberry jam with no store-bought pectin. It’s the mother of all jams, the basic of the basics, and it’s a recipe everyone has to have on hand! A true favorite and a delicious way to use the early summer harvest!
This honey strawberry jam is simple to make! We’ll use just a little bit of honey to sweeten it and chia seeds to help it gel, no store-bought pectin. It’s delicious and a great substitute for traditional jam.
This is a simple recipe for a low sugar fig jam. It’s very simple to put together this deliciousness with just a few ingredients. It’s a great jam to can and it’s a great jam to use in baked goods or simply on toast. Let’s make low sugar fig jam!
This is a very easy chia blueberry jam recipe! We are going to use much less sugar than what you’d find in a traditional jam and in addition, this is also a no pectin blueberry jam because we are going to use chia seeds to thicken this jam naturally. We will also go over how you can can this jam so you can keep it at room temperature for a few months. Let’s make this delicious blueberry chia seed jam!
In this post, I am going to share my peach jam recipe with you! I don’t make my jam the traditional way… I use less sugar and no store-bought pectin. I hope you’ll learn a few tricks here that you’ll try when you make your own homemade peach jam. This is also a peach jam canning recipe, so you can go ahead and make a large batch and can your jam, we will go over all the canning instructions as well.
This plum and apple jam (low sugar and no store-bought pectin) is sweet yet tangy because of the plums (and their skin). It’s a great way to preserve plums and apples, it’s an easy jam to make, and is rather quick.
Persimmon jam is a simple and quick jam to make. It has a unique flavor and it can be seasoned with fall spices or can be made with nothing but sugar and a little bit of lemon juice. It’s an easy jam and a great way to preserve the fall harvest and flavor.
Cranberry apple jam is very easy to make and is delicious. It can be a great addition to the holiday table, a great ingredient to have on hand for fall baking, and it can even be a substitute for the traditional cranberry sauce.
Hi! I’m Lady Lee. I help homesteaders simplify their homesteading journey while still producing a ton of food! I am a single mother of four, I was born in Israel and raised in an agricultural commune called a Kibbutz. Now I homestead in central NC.