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Easy No-Cook Raspberry Freezer Jam

Delicious and easy no cook raspberry freezer jam that uses frozen raspberries and doesn’t require any cooking or canning! Only 3 minutes of stirring activates the instant pectin. Plus, this LOW SUGAR raspberry freezer jam recipe calls for half of the amount of sugar than regular jam recipes!

raspberry freezer jam being spread onto a bagel

We love freezer jam and raspberry is our absolute favorite. We used to live in an area where fresh raspberries and u-pick farms were easy to access, but not any more. Longing to refill our freezer with our favorite jam meant discovering a way to make raspberry freezer jam year round or without access to fresh raspberries. This recipe allows you to make freezer jam out of frozen raspberries!

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bowl of sugar and pectin

Low sugar

I especially love that this recipe calls for half of the sugar than regular raspberry freezer jams, about 2 cups less!

Instant pectin

I add an extra tablespoon of pectin to my recipe than the instant pectin manufacturer suggests on the bottle because their recipe tends to be too thin for my liking for freezer jam. But that extra tablespoon makes it just right, so follow my recipe exactly instead of what the pectin bottle suggests, and it will turn out perfect!

Items needed to make raspberry freezer jam

steps showing how to make freezer jam

How to make no-cook raspberry freezer jam with instant pectin and frozen raspberries

  1. Place bags of frozen raspberries on the counter to thaw completely, about 30-40 minutes.
  2. Add raspberries into a large bowl and use a potato masher to break down the raspberries.
  3. In another large bowl, combine sugar and pectin.
  4. Add 5 cups of prepared mashed fruit into the sugar and pectin bowl.
  5. Stir for 3 minutes, constantly stirring the entire time. Place in clean, freezer safe containers and let rest on counter for 30 minutes. Then place in fridge and use within 3 weeks or freezer for up to a year.
clean jars with lids on counter

Do I need to sterilize jars for no cook freezer jam?

It’s recommended to wash your containers with hot soapy water, rinse well and dry. Sterilizing jars for freezer jam is not required since the jam is not stored on shelves but in the fridge or freezer where any bacterial growth is prevented due to cold temperatures.

Can I make freezer jam without sugar or with sugar substitute?

No, you need to use the correct amount of sugar the recipe calls for to properly activate the instant pectin.

bags of frozen raspberries on counter

Can you make jam with frozen fruit

Yes, you can use frozen raspberries to make this freezer jam! You will need 5 cups of mashed berries.

Can you use fresh raspberries to make freezer jam?

Yes! You will need about 8 cups of fresh raspberries to mash into 5 cups of prepared fruit for this recipe.

Do you thaw frozen fruit before making jam?

Yes. Place frozen fruit container on the kitchen counter and allow it to thaw completely (it can still be cold, just not frozen). Then measure the fruit and proceed to make the jam.

raspberry freezer jam being spread onto a bagel

How to eat freezer jam

Take the freezer jam container out of the freezer and place in the fridge to thaw. Do not microwave freezer jam to thaw quicker because this can ruin the pectin stability and increase bacteria growth.

Once thawed, you can eat this low sugar raspberry freezer jam on fresh homemade bread (here’s a gluten free bread recipe), gluten free pancakes, as a filling in crepes, to sweeten or flavor plain yogurt and on top of a brownie or ice cream!

raspberry freezer jam in jars

Free jam label for gifts

Download the free printable raspberry freezer jam labels , and attach it to your jar using pretty ribbon or jute twine. Friends and family always love receiving freezer jam as gifts!

raspberry freezer jam in jar with a spoon

Raspberry Freezer Jam

Yield: (6-7) 8 oz containers
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes

Delicious and easy raspberry freezer jam using frozen raspberries that doesn't require any cooking or canning! Or you can also use fresh raspberries. Only 3 minutes of stirring activates the instant pectin. Plus, this recipe calls for half of the amount of sugar than regular canning recipes!

Ingredients

Use 6 or 7 containers from selection below or any freezer safe container you have at home.

Instructions

  1. Place frozen bags of raspberries on counter to thaw completely, about 30-40 min. If using fresh raspberries, wash berries and shake out any excess water.
  2. Meanwhile, wash freezer containers in the dish washer or with hot soapy water, rinse and dry thoroughly.
  3. Add fruit in a large bowl and mash raspberries with a potato masher until only small chunks remain.
  4. In another large bowl, add sugar and pectin. Make sure to use Ball Real Fruit Instant Freezer Pectin for best results. Use 7 tablespoons instant pectin to get the correct thickness for jam (do not follow measurements on the bottle).
  5. Measure out 5 cups of prepared raspberries and add to the sugar/pectin mixture. Stir sugar, pectin and raspberries continually for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, the pectin will be activated and jam will be thicker.
  6. Pour jam into freezer containers, leaving about 1/2" of space on top for head room expansion in the freezer. Let rest for 30 minutes on counter to for jam to continue to thicken and set. After 30 minutes, place jam in the fridge to use right away or in the freezer. Freezer jam will last 3-4 weeks in the fridge or up to a year in the freezer.

Notes

You can also use fresh raspberries to make freezer jam. You will need about 8 cups of fresh raspberries to mash into 5 cups of prepared fruit for this recipe.

Label date made on jam before placing in freezer. If giving jam as a gift, use the free printable tags to label the jam.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 96 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 23Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g

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