How to Make Raspberry Jam at Home

Raspberries are getting more and more popular, not only because of their pleasant taste and culinary versatility, but also for their nutrients and promising health benefits. Learn a recipe for raspberry jam in this article.
How to Make Raspberry Jam at Home

Last update: 07 May, 2021

Learn how to make raspberry jam from the comfort of your home!

Fruit preserves are one of the best ways to enjoy them all year round or to take advantage of those bits and pieces that are about to spoil. One recipe that’s sure to surprise is raspberry jam.

In addition, it’s interesting to know that its preparation is simple: it just takes a few steps and no special utensils are necessary. Plus, it just requires one night of mixing with sugar and a few more minutes of cooking. Therefore, both great cooks and beginners can get down to work to enjoy this sweet to accompany a good slice of bread, a creamy yogurt, or a homemade cheesecake.

Let’s take a look!

The health benefits of raspberries

Rubus idaeus is the scientific name of the shrub known as raspberry, native to Europe and northern Asia. Its fruit is small and can come in many colors, although the most common is usually red.

Its striking hue already indicates the presence of some healthy phytochemicals. It’s also one of the sweetest of all berries. The best time to consume it is between late summer and early autumn.

But aside from standing out for its flavor and uses in the kitchen, some of its nutrients are remarkable. The most notable are vitamin C, K, magnesium, manganese, and fiber. It’s a very light fruit with an abundant proportion of water.

Antioxidant activity

Antioxidants present in food are necessary to neutralize free radicals generated in the body or found in the environment.

Different types of them have been identified in raspberries, such as vitamin C, anthocyanins, quercetin, and ellagic acid.

Oxidative stress (produced by an excess of free radicals) is related to an increased risk of some diseases, such as premature aging, cancer, diabetes, or heart problems.

Berries on a table
Red berries contain antioxidant phytonutrients that block free radical damage.

Great source of vitamin C

In addition to citrus fruits, this micronutrient is present in other fruits such as strawberries, pineapple, and raspberries. Of the three servings of fruit that specialists advise you to take daily, you must introduce one with a high contribution of vitamin C to ensure the daily needs.

This vitamin is important in many aspects. Thanks to it, the body absorbs more efficiently the iron in food, improves healing by the generation of collagen, and contributes to the defense against diseases.

Protection against non-communicable diseases

In recent decades, health problems such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cardiovascular diseases have been on the rise.

Experts recommend a diet with a high content of fruits and vegetables, as their protective effect is well known. In the case of raspberries, there are also specific studies.

Although we need more evidence in human studies, in vitro assays show metabolic stabilizing and anti-inflammatory activity. These effects are related to improved markers in blood pressure, lipid profile, atherosclerosis, and glycemia.

Light and low in carbohydrates

One cup of raspberries provides few calories and a significant amount of fiber. Thanks to this, they’re good allies when following slimming diets. In addition, their natural sweetness can help reduce the desire for more sugary foods.

It’s also one of the fruits with a lower carbohydrate content than the rest, along with watermelon, cantaloupe, avocado, and strawberries. Thus, they become a good choice in those diets with low content of this macronutrient.

Recipe for raspberry jam

Now that you know its virtues and benefits, it’s time to introduce it into your diet. You can eat them freshly picked or they can be part of a large number of preparations. But one of the best for maximum preservation is, without a doubt, raspberry jam.

Ingredients

  • 500 grams (17 oz) of fresh raspberries
  • 350 grams (12 oz) of white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Steps to follow to make raspberry jam

  1. First, wash and drain the raspberries well. Then, place them in a saucepan and sprinkle the sugar on top. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. The next day, place the saucepan over high heat. When it starts to boil, reduce it to the minimum. Stir well, cover and let it cook for 10 minutes. After this time, uncover and boil for 5 more minutes at medium power. Add the lemon juice and stir carefully.
  3. Turn off and let the preparation cool. If you don’t want to find pips or larger pieces of fruit, strain it through a sieve.
  4. Pack in suitable jars and keep it in the refrigerator.

To obtain a long-lasting jam, you must package it differently. While the raspberry jam is still warm, pour it into glass jars. Cover and place in a bain-marie for 20 minutes.

Raspberries
Raspberries can be kept longer for later consumption in the form of jam, which increases their shelf life.

Make the most of this raspberry jam recipe

Making raspberry jam at home isn’t difficult at all. The key point is to choose fruit that is neither too green nor too overripe, as this is when it presents its best flavor and all of its nutrients.

With this recipe, you can enjoy the flavor and its benefits throughout most of the year. However, it’s important to emphasize that a sweet preparation never replaces a whole piece of fruit and should be introduced into your diet in moderation.

As is customary in many places, jam is usually used to spread on a slice of bread or to sweeten yogurt. However, there’s also the possibility of adding it to all homemade ice creams and milkshakes for a surprising extra flavor.

It also becomes a great sauce to accompany cheese appetizers or baked chicken wings. It can be softened with a little butter to make a delicious sauce for meat or a vinaigrette with oil. Imagination is also the magic of cooking!

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