Blueberry Preserves Made Without Pectin and Without Sugar

How to make two small jars of blueberry jam or compote in a flash. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s tasty.

AND SINCE YOU DON’T NEED PECTIN you can make it whenever you have a pint of blueberries!!


This recipe uses honey for the sweetener so it’s healthier – since I’ve gotten into researching about honey, I like using it instead of sugar where I can because of the health benefits.

All the recipes I’ve seen on the net call for 3 cups of blueberries but I wanted a recipe that uses the pint container of blueberries so that I wouldn’t have to measure. I had my neighbor, Elaine, with me that night and I know she teaches math so I asked her to cut the recipe down using 2 cups of blueberries instead of 3. Here are the results of her calculations. Thanks, Elaine. The jam came out great. I gave Elaine some to take home and she had high praise for it the next day.

“It’s so fresh and delicious tasting.” I can’t remember everything she said about the jam but she went on and on about it.

It’s really good and it’s really easy. Here’s the recipe!

1 pint blueberries – (2 cups)
1/2 c. honey
1 and 1/3 TBSP lemon juice
Almost 1 teaspoon of lemon zest

That’s it. Put all ingredients  in a pan, bring it to a boil, and simmer for 20 minutes if you want it runny like compote. If you want to turn it into jam add another 10 or 15  minutes. Stir occasionally.

This recipe produces 2 – 4 ounce jars of blueberry jam with about 2 tablespoons left over.

You can sterilize the jars if you like but I didn’t since I’ll be using these 2 small jars within a few weeks so I just put them in the refrigerator.

This picture is to show that it truly is jam. I had Mom hold it upside down to show that it had gelled.


Another picture:

blueberry jam

This was so awesome to make, too. It was no work. I didn’t even have to stir it much. It just bubbled gently for about 30 minutes while we played Scrabble. (Mom won!)

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I've been busy with blueberries and blueberries are just starting to come in. YAY.  I think you'd like this Blueberry Cheesecake Shortcake and this Blueberry Lip Balm. Or maybe your favorite would be Summer Blueberry Jello Pie?

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  1. Hi Linda! This is so timely - I just bought 4 baskets of blueberries. And I don't need a huge batch of jam, so this is perfect. Thanks so much! I wonder if it will work with other fruits, too?

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  3. Yummy!! Looks delicious!

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  4. This looks amazing Linda. I love preserves. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Blog Hop. The party will be back this week starting Tuesday and 8:00PM mountain time. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

  5. I love simple, and the fact that the math has already been done is even better! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend!

  6. Perfect! I was looking for an easy recipe and, BONUS, no refined sugar! I multiplied the amounts by 5 since my family and i had just gone blueberry picking and it turned out beautifully. I now have 4 1/2 pints of delicious Blueberry Jelly. Thank you!


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