Gooseberry jam

Gooseberry jam

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Makes 3 x 340g jars
Use up a seasonal glut of fruit in a tasty homemade preserve - store it for months or present it as a gift in a rustic hamper

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal46
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre0.4g
  • protein0.1g
  • salt0g
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  • 1kg gooseberries, topped and tailed



    The size of large grapes, but with a more spherical shape, gooseberries are related to the…

  • juice of ½ lemon



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

  • 1kg granulated sugar


  1. First sterilise your jars by washing thoroughly in very hot soapy water. Rinse in very hot water then put on a baking sheet in a 140C/fan 120C/gas 1 oven until completely dry.

  2. Put the gooseberries, lemon juice and 400ml water in a large wide pan (use a preserving pan if you have one). Bring to the boil then simmer for 15 minutes until the fruit is very soft and pulpy. Put 2 or 3 small saucers in the freezer (these will be used to test the setting later on).

  3. Add the sugar and stir over a gentle heat for another 10 minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved. You don’t want it to boil at this point as the sugar could crystallize. Once you can’t feel or see any grains of sugar bring to the boil and boil hard for 10 minutes, skimming the surface as you go and stirring now and again to stop it catching. The jam will start to turn a pinky red hue as it cooks.

  4. Spoon a little jam onto a chilled saucer, leave to cool then run your finger through it. If it’s ready it will wrinkle up. If this doesn’t happen boil for another 5 minutes then keep testing and boiling until it does.

  5. Do a final skim on the finished jam then pour into the sterilised jars and seal. Store in a cool dark place – the jam will be good for up to 6 months. Keep in the fridge once opened.

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Chris Penty's picture
Chris Penty
29th Jul, 2020
I would say this recipe could happily take around 25% less sugar, possibly less! Especially if the gooseberries are quite soft and ripe. You can always add more sugar if it needs.
18th Jul, 2020
I made this gooseberry jam today 5/5 . I only had 500g of gooseberries, so halved the sugar as well ( I used jam sugar ) . Followed recipe, however rapid boiled at the end for 15 mins and it turned out perfect .
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Heidi Bennett
4th Jul, 2020
far too sweet for me. Maybe my gooseberries were over ripe, but this just takes like sugar and took a lot longer to reach point than the recipe states. I use a kilner stove top preserving pan. If try this recipe again I would reduce the water content. I would also try small quantity as now I have 2 big kilner jars and 1 small from the 1kg quantity.
28th Feb, 2020
Works well, even with frozen gooseberries. I put the frozen gooseberries in the pan over a very low heat until they had defrosted ( about 10 minutes) then followed the recipe. Took 15 minutes boiling time before setting point was reached.
8th Aug, 2019
This was our first ever attempt at making any sort of jam and this recipe worked perfectly! It was bang on for the amounts and cooking times, can't fault it one bit. The whole family was impressed at how we managed to make perfect jam on our first ever attempt. Very very delicious jam with the perfect consistency!
16th Jul, 2019
Recipes for gooseberry jam are not easy to find in my repertoire of cookbooks. This is perfect. The quantity conversion was easy. We made 6 cups today, will repeat tomorrow. So delicious!
23rd Jun, 2017
This is very easy. I only had a 150g of gooseberries from the allotment pickings this week so altered the quantities accordingly. The method is simple and it is very obvious when the mixture is ready as the consistency in the pan becomes very 'gloopy' and sticky.
25th Jul, 2016
Ihave fell for this recipe twice now in 4 years and it takes forever to get to setting point. Works better with 200ml of water. Still it gives good jam, eventually.
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2nd Aug, 2015
Also good with juice and finely chopped rind of 2 oranges added
8th Jul, 2015
Have grown gooseberries for the first time this year and love the results. Set well within the times shown - so maybe recommend testing after 5 minutes of hard boil first... Definitely recommended and I'll be making this again.


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