Easy Homemade Fresh Berry Preserves, with Reduced Sugar and No Canning Required Recipe
This time of year many people are canning and preserving summer’s fresh flavors. It can take some work and if you’re like us, most of you won’t want to be bothered, right? Happily you can make a jar of this amazing homey preserves very easily and quickly. The common fruit/sugar ratio in preserves is 50% fruit to 50% sugar. We’ve made ours with more fruit and way less sugar than most store bought preserves without sacrificing the taste at all. The skinny on 1 tablespoons is 26 calories, 0 fat and only 1 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Most preserves or jams have 50 calories for 1 tablespoon and 0 fat. Because we’re not doing the typical canning methods, this fabulous jam will only keep for up to a month in the refrigerator. It’s bursting with flavor and chunks of fresh berries. You’ll see, once you make this jam, it will be hard to go back to a store bought one. It’s truly our favorite!
Weight Watchers (old points) 0
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 1
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 tablespoon
26 calories, 0g fat, 0g protein, 7g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sodium, 5g sugar
- 4Â½ cups fresh assorted berries, we use 1Â½ cups of each, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries
- â cup sugar
- Â¼ cup water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 (8oz) heatproof container, such as a mason jar, see storage tip
- 1. In a medium pot add the berries, sugar, water and lemon juice. Mix once very briefly with a rubber spatula to combine. Cover and bring up to a boil over medium high heat, about 3 minutes. Uncover pot and continue to boil, without stirring, until thickened, about 14- 15 minutes. If itâs boiling up to the top of the pot, turn the heat down slightly, but, youâll want to keep the mixture boiling the entire time. Note: Itâs ok for it to be a little runny as it will thicken more in the refrigerator. Our jam, unlike most, will remain a little runny, even after it cools and thickens. We like it this way!
- 2. Remove from heat and gently mix the preserves once with a rubber spatula. Carefully ladle hot preserves into a glass jar or other heatproof container, seal tightly and store in the refrigerator, see storage tip.
- 3. This is best refrigerated over night before using. Once cooled the preserves thicken a bit.
- 4. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month.
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|Amount Per Serving||%DV|
|Serving Size 22g|
|Recipe makes 32 servings|
|Calories from Fat 1||11%|
|Total Fat 0.1g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0.0g||0%|
|Trans Fat 0.0g|
|Total Carbs 1.95g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1.0g||3%|