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Microwave Berry Jam

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: PJ Hamel

Microwave Berry Jam Recipe

When you've been berry picking and have a surfeit of fresh berries on hand, refrigerator jam is a great option. And when you cook the berries in the microwave, instead of in a saucepan over a burner, you save yourself much of the stirring and "tending" this task would usually take.

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At a glance

1/2 to 3/4 cup


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  • 2 cups berries, sliced if large
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large microwave-safe bowl. Make sure the bowl is large enough; the berries/sugar shouldn't fill more than 1/3 of the bowl, as they'll bubble up quite a bit as they cook.
  2. Cook the berries for 5 minutes in the microwave.
  3. Remove the bowl from the microwave, stir the berries, and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the bowl from the microwave, and stir thoroughly. If the mixture hasn't become sauce-like and slightly syrupy, cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Stir to combine any liquid, and refrigerate. The jam will thicken as it cools.
  6. Yield: 1/2 to 3/4 cup jam.