Quick Blueberry Jam

March 12, 2015
Author Notes

The first few times I made this, I just covered the blueberries in sugar without measuring. But I've found that a good balance is about 3 parts blueberries to 1 part sugar. But feel free to crank up or take down the sugar.

I use this on waffles, pancakes, French toast, and crêpes. Once it is cold, it firms up and works well as a jam for sandwiches. It's great as a layer between cakes or as a glaze for a cheesecake.

Since I'm not following the proper preserving rules, make sure to keep it in the fridge and eat it within a few days. —Phyllis Grant

  • Makes a little less than a cup
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/16 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
In This Recipe
  1. Place all ingredients in a pan. Turn heat to medium. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring every minute or so. When it comes to the boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. It will start to release neon juices and the fruit will begin to soften. Cook up to 30 minutes. Up to you. The longer you go, the smoother and more jam-like it will be. Store in the fridge and eat within a few days.

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Phyllis Grant is an IACP finalist for Personal Essays/Memoir Writing and a three-time Saveur Food Blog Awards finalist for her blog, Dash and Bella. Her essays and recipes have been published in a dozen anthologies and cookbooks including Best Food Writing 2015 and 2016. Her work has been featured both in print and online for various outlets, including Oprah, The New York Times, Food52, Saveur, The Huffington Post, Time Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Tasting Table and Salon. Her memoir with recipes, Everything Is Out of Control, is coming out April 2020 from Farrar Straus & Giroux. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two children.