Jam in pot with spoon and bread

Blackcurrant jam

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins


Makes 3 x 250ml jars

Make a pot of our stunning, seasonal blackcurrant jam and make the most of these beautiful berries. We love this sweet treat spread on freshly baked bread

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal33
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre0.5g
  • protein0.1g
  • salt0g


  • 600g blackcurrants, stripped off the stalks



    The most intensely coloured and flavoured of all currants, blackcurrants are highly aromatic and…

  • about 400g white caster sugar or granulated sugar
  • juice of ½ a lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…


  1. If you don’t have a cooking thermometer, put a saucer in the freezer. Sterilise the jars you want to use. Tip the blackcurrants into a heavy-based saucepan with about 100ml of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 mins until the fruit has broken down to a chunky pulp. Leave to cool slightly.

  2. You now have two options. For a smooth jelly-style jam, squash the fruit through a sieve into a bowl. If you prefer your jam chunky and seeded, leave the pulp as it is. Whether it's strained or unstrained, weigh the fruit pulp and then add 400g of sugar to every 500g of pulp, then tip back in the saucepan.

  3. Pour in the lemon juice then heat gently, stirring, to dissolve the sugar. Turn up the heat, then boil hard for about 10 mins or until it reaches 105C (setting point) on a cooking thermometer. If you don’t own a thermometer, test for setting point by spooning a little jam onto the cold saucer. After a couple of minutes gently push your finger through the jam – if the surface wrinkles, it's ready. If not, return to the boil for 2 mins, then re-test.

  4. Take off the heat and skim off any froth with a slotted spoon. Cool for 10-15 minutes. Stir gently to distribute the fruit, then ladle into sterilised jars. Keeps for 6 months in a cool dry cupboard.

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15th Jul, 2020
Ihave just made some and it's delicious.
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Caterina Moll
6th Jul, 2020
Can this be made with stevia sugar instead of cane sugar?
3rd Jul, 2020
Absolutely delicious! This recipe was so quick and easy. I doubled the quantities as had a lot of blackcurrants but used less sugar than the recipe suggested (300g instead of 400g). Big hit with my family!
19th Jul, 2019
Worked a treat and tastes fantastic! I think I'll use a little less sugar next time but this was my first ever attempt at jam and I'm thrilled.
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24th Jul, 2018
This recipe worked a treat. I divided the amount of blackcurrents to sugar, which was 0.80g and it tasted lovely. So easy to do. I have never made jam before. I have got one blackcurrent bush but next year I am going to buy some more bushes so I can make more of the jam and give it out to my friends and family.
15th Jul, 2019
Instead of buying new bushes, bend some of the lower branches to the ground and weight with a brick or something. They will quickly root then you can dig them up and move them further apart. Lower branches will tend to do this anyway but you can help them along. You will quickly have a whole row of blackcurrant bushes.
19th Jul, 2019
Thank you for your tip, Dromedary, I'm definitely going to give that a go!
12th Jul, 2020
One of the best, and easiest ways I've found of producing new bushes is when you thin the plant out by a third of all the old branches in the autumn is to get the cut pieces, cut them into about 10 inch lengths, using diagonal cuts, cut the bottom end just below a bud and then push the cut length into some fairly good soil and leave the pot, if you use one, outside and leave it to the elements over winter, come spring you'll have new plants, just gently dig them out and pot them or site them where you want them, I have 10 new plants that I did last autumn like this and they grow really quickly, and you have the exact same plants as you already have.
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