Easy 3 Ingredient Jam



Chopped up

Chopped up

Living in Orchard country means to me, putting down fresh fruit for the winter.  One of our favourites is Jam. Bop, my sweetheart, loves jam and what better way than to make it ourselves.   You know what goes into it and you can keep the sugar down as well.

I have used this same recipe for both apricot and plum jam.  Just three ingredients; fruit, sugar and lemon juice.

Wash your fruit and make sure they are ripe but not bruised.  You can cut out bruised bits.  Chop your fruit into smallish chucks, I don’t peel them.  You will want 12 cups of chopped fruit.  Put this into a large pot, add sugar and lemon juice.  With Apricots I also added a few pits, I have heard it said they have natural pectin, I’m not sure about that, but we have always done it that way!  If you decide you want to do that, be sure to count how many pits you put in.  I used eight so I always knew how many to take out.

Chopped up and Heating up

Chopped up and Heating up

Stir it all together and bring to a boil over medium to low heat.  I don’t like to rush things in case it burns.  You need to watch and stir fairly often.  Add in your candy thermometer to keep a close eye on the temperature until it reaches 220 degrees.  But check for your altitude.  A good guide I found for you was this:  http://www.portlandpreserve.com/testingthejellypoint.pdf

Deep Rick Colour

Deep Rick Colour

Apricot jam

Apricot jam

Keep your jars hot and be sure to sterilize the sealers.  I boil them in a small pot and keep them on simmer until I need them.  With my jars, I have them washed and then pour boiling water into them just before use.  It keeps them from cracking with the heat of the jam.

Fill your jars fairly full, leaving about a 1/4″ head room.  Wipe off any spills with a clean damp cloth, then put on the hot sealers and add the rings.  Set your hot jars on a tea towel or cutting board to cool and wait for that wonderful sound of the “pop” of sealed jam.




Easy 3 Ingredient Jam

Easy 3 Ingredient Jam


  • 12 cups of chopped fruit
  • 4-5 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  1. Put chopped fruit into a heavy bottomed saucepan
  2. Add sugar, and lemon juice.
  3. Stir over med heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil.
  5. Boil, on med heat stirring often, until the mixture reaches 220 degrees F.
  6. Transfer to hot sterile jars, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch headspace, and seal.
  7. Process in a water bath 10 minutes for storing.
  8. If the jam is going to be eaten right away just refrigerate.


Because we like our jam fairly runny; more like a heavy syrup; I only cook my jam to appx 215 degrees. More to the sheeting stage. For more information, I found this on line for you to look over: http://www.portlandpreserve.com/testingthejellypoint.pdf

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  1. Melissa Marie says:

    Looks great! Pinned to try it

  2. Made crab apple jelly and today will be wild blueberry jam. To bad we don’t live closer for a trade!

  3. Hey, very nice post! Will share on facebook.

  4. Tami Lewis says:

    This looks easy and good!

  5. Dotty J Boucher says:

    I am liking this a lot, have wanted to try and make my own jam, One ? though is it necessary to add all the sugar to make the jam , is there another way or does the sugar help,

    • InezByDesign says:

      Hi Dotty, Sugar is always a question mark in people’s minds when it comes to making Jam. Science however shows that Fruit to Sugar ratio equals good jam. It helps with preserving effect. I found a very good article here on the Science and Magic of Jam making. Hope that helps.

  6. Amber Ludwig says:

    Yummo!! I love anything easy in the kitchen!! I adore peaches too!! I will have to try this!

  7. I most definitely would love to try the Easy 3 Ingredient Jam. I think it is a fine plate, of which it’s on my menu later in the week.

  8. That is easy! Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. I just finished making jam and I was in the kitchen all day! 3 ingredient jam I wish I had seen this before.. Thank you for this!!

  10. Tamra Phelps says:

    This reminds me of watching my Grandma make jam when I was a kid. She canned everything from tomatoes to beans to sausage balls.


  12. Terry Poage says:

    Sounds pretty easy to make so maybe I can even do it.

  13. janie vezina says:

    i miss my grandmas jam simple and yummy. this sounds like how she did it.

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