Summer fruits jam

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Makes 4 small jars
This delicious microwave jam from Good Food reader Karen Rowe couldn't be easier to make, and it's perfect served with freshly baked scones

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal70
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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  • 500g summer fruits (we used mixed berries)
  • 500g jam sugar


  1. Briefly blend the fruit and place in a large microwave-proof bowl with the sugar. Microwave on High for 3 mins, then stir well. Microwave for a further 3 mins on High, stirring after. Finish with a further 2 mins, then pour into warm sterilised jars. Once bottled and cool the jam is ready to eat. Will keep in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months. Keep in the fridge once opened.

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Comments (12)

hcatherwood's picture

Thanks Mikey for your tip for 850w microwaves made blackcurrant jam in July and have just made my first strawberry jam tonight. It has the thumbs up from both my son and my husband. This recipe is great if you just want a couple of jars of jam or don't have a lot of fruit to make a large batch. Have tried it with the jam sugar but didn't have any tonight so used granulated and pectin by following the instuctions in the pectin packet. Looking forward to some blackberry jam soon yummy!!

mikey2012's picture

Just made this & worked out fine although I had to add another 3-4 mins (using a 850w microwave) Will be using again, sooo much easier.

sandramabel's picture

I love damsons and the jam is my favourite. We have accesss to loads and I also make Damson Gin.

Of course there is the problems of the damson stones. To overcome this I gently cook the damsons, without the sugar and freeze in useable blocks. To make the jam I just defrost and use equal quantaties of sugar. Ordinary granulated is OK if you put in a squeeze of lemon juice. I cook for approx 3 mins, stir. Cook 5 mins, stir. Final 5mins then put in warm jars. (I put a bit of water in jars and microwave for a couple of mins). Remember to put your jars on a cork/wooden board or similar to prevent cracking the jars.

My microwave is E rated so it is trial and error as to what suits your equipment. I have been known when making jam too thick to make another lot straight away that is thinner and mix them. Or if too thin putting it back in for a bit longer. Anyway microwaving beats standing over a hot cooker fishing out stones.

sandramabel's picture

I make my jams in a three pint Pyrex jug. Find it safer to handle than in a bowl. Trouble is find a full pound of fruit and sugar can boil over, so just make 12oz at a time. Anyway that is a couple of jars and as it is so easy to make this way no problem to make another batch.

jackieperry's picture

Excellent jam receipe - so easy especially as I had never made jam before. I used blackberries and the jam is fab - only problem is I had to guess the timings due to the wattage.

clootiedumplin's picture

oops! forgot the T in "scrumptious". Need to check my spelling b efore I post it!!!!

clootiedumplin's picture

Used timings given in recipe. My microwave is 900W, and I used Blueberries which resulted in a soft set, but they were still "scrumpious" on buttered scones...Yum!

ilovefoodtoo's picture

It takes much longer than the suggested 8 minutes. My first batch ended up like a coulis as I didn't cook it long enough. Very easy once you have got the hang of your timings.

glasgow's picture

Had never made jam before and this was incredibly easy to do. Everyone has said how lovely it is, will try & make a few more batches before the strawberries run out.

bluemum2's picture

Have used this for strawberry jam several times. It works brilliantly, even if I forget about it!

picklesmum's picture

I made this very successfully but it took far longer than the recipe said in the microwave to achieve a setting point. Recipe does not state the wattage of microwave used which would also vary the timings.

timmy2's picture

I have just made this jam. I added 2 teaspoons of lemon juice to help with the setting. Found the timing for the microwave a bit vague, what wattage is used?
A very simple recipe. very quick. I made it whilst making my lunch!
It made 3 small-medium jars.

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