Easy Blueberry Jam {2 ingredients}

This Easy Blueberry Jam is made with only 2 ingredients!  No pectin or canning required as well!

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Hello friends!  I hope this day finds you well!  And enjoying summer.  I’m still waiting for ours…but never mind the weather!  We’re officially on the countdown to summer holidays! We are SO looking forward to lazy mornings, no schedules and fun.  Just fun.  Because right now we’re tired, busy to insanity, and just done.  Done with school.  You?  I know some of you have kids out on holidays already!  We’re almost there…two more weeks then it’s time for us to tackle our Summer Fun List!

For now, I’m enjoying some relative quiet time in my kitchen, while it’s just the little guy and I at home.  It’s my happy place.  😉  And lately I’m really enjoying making homemade jams!  Even more, we’re loving eating them.  There’s something so homey about a fresh, homemade jam made with love.  On toast.  On ice cream.  From a spoon.  Whatever.

My last jam, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, was a big hit in our home.  We finished the jar today!  So it was time for a new one.  And since blueberries seem to be in season, they’re relatively inexpensive which makes them perfect for jam!


Easy Blueberry Jam {A Pretty Life}

With this recipe, you are 2 ingredients away from homemade blueberry jam!  No really, you are.  Just 2 ingredients:  fresh blueberries and sugar.  No pectin, no fillers, no starches.  SO easy.  And it’ll only take you about an hour!  Plus, there’s no need for fussing with having to seal the jars on this jam…it’s a small batch so you can keep it in your fridge for up to 4 weeks, if it lasts that long!



Easy Blueberry Jam {Small Batch Recipe}


This is a small batch of jam, making about 2 1/2 cups.




  • wide saucepan or skillet (I like to use a skillet)
  • potato masher
  • spatula or spoon
  • hand blender


  • 2 lbs blueberries (about 6 heaping cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar


  1. Prepare your jars by boiling the lids, rings and jars in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  2. In a wide saucepan or skillet on low-medium heat, add the blueberries and sugar.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Then use your potato masher to smash up the blueberries and release their juices.
  5. Turn up the heat to medium, then cook the blueberry mixture until it is gently boiling.
  6. Keep cooking, and stirring until the mixture thickens. You must, must stir constantly or your jam will burn. As well the constant stirring will help to prevent the jam from splattering out of the pan. You will likely need to cook the jam for 30 or more minutes.
  7. You will know that the jam is ready when the mixture is thick enough to leave an open trail behind the spoon.
  8. Remove from heat, and let cool completely before serving.
  9. If this jam is too chunky for you, you can use your hand blender to puree it.
  10. Enjoy!


Because the batch of this jam is so small (21/2 to 3 cups), and because this jam can be refrigerated for up to 4 weeks you don’t really need to seal the jars. It’s really just more of a hassle because 4 weeks is plenty of time to finish every last drop of this sweet goodness!

 Enjoy this jam on toast, scones or even ice cream!  Yum.

Easy Blueberry Jam {A Pretty Life}

Here are other homemade jams you might enjoy:

Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply Shannon June 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Oooo this looks great. I am trying this. I have never made jam but I think I can do this!

    • Reply Jo-Anna June 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Thanks Shannon! I hope you try it – you’ll be amazed at how simple it is!
      Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Jaclyn June 12, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    I’ve never made jam, and I never would have guessed I could do it so easily. I’ll be trying this in the near future! Blueberry jam is my favorite!

    • Reply Jo-Anna June 15, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Isn’t it amazing how easy this is! Who knew?! I’ll be making more that’s for sure!

      • Reply Dedra October 7, 2016 at 3:30 PM

        Will this recipe work for blackberries? It looks sooo good!! Thanks for sharing!

        • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife October 8, 2016 at 3:05 PM

          Hi Dedra! I’m not sure how well it would work with blackberries…I would just wonder if the jam would end up being too seedy? If I had a tonne of blackberries I would definitely try it though. If you do try it let me know how it works out!

          • Rosa January 16, 2019 at 3:17 PM

            You can make if you dont want it seedy pass through a a colander no seeds 😏

          • Susan June 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM

            I’m excited to try this! I have a severe lemon allergy and avoid all citrus so jelly or jam is usually a no for me.

          • Jo-Anna Rooney June 26, 2019 at 1:50 PM

            I hope you enjoy it Susan!

  • Reply bj June 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Love this recipe…I am sharing one today, too, about like this one…APRICOT….
    and also Strawberry Freezer Jam. It is awesome, too.
    xo bj

    • Reply Jo-Anna June 15, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Thanks bj! Your jams look amazing too! I just might have to try to make an apricot jam…delish!

  • Reply Maria June 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Wow I can’t believe that this is just blueberries and sugar!!!!! It looks delicious, I really want to try making some jam this summer, thanks for sharing your recipe! 🙂

    • Reply Jo-Anna June 15, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      You are so welcome! Isn’t it amazing how simple it is! I’m definitely making more jam this summer!

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  • Reply Trine @ Creative Pink Butterfly June 15, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    I found you on pinterest and wow this looks so yummy! And easy! I wish I would have thought of this. I actually love the idea of making my own jams without all the icky stuff. Repinning it and making it soon!

    • Reply Jo-Anna June 15, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Thank you Trine! It really is amazing how simple it is to make jam! And without unnecessary ingredients either! Love it!

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    Gorgeous color! I love that it is just blueberries and sugar.

  • Reply Joanne June 15, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Hi, the jam looks SO good – I’m super keen to make it! Fresh blueberries are quite expensive here in Brisbane (Australia) – would this recipe be as successful if frozen berries were used?

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  • Reply Steph June 21, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Would it be possible to make several batches and can them? I like to make jam in large batches to have on hand. Thanks!

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  • Reply Debs July 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    I’ve just made some of this jam and made it just how you suggested, however, i had to ‘google’ it b/c i’d made it before i saw your post and was unsure i’d done it ‘easy’ and effectively!
    Now i feel very reassured!! Thanks for this post 🙂

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  • Reply Christina July 24, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    I almost never leave comments on recipe sites, but this jam was AMAZING!!!
    I never realized how easy it was to make! My friend and I went blueberry picking, and this recipe perfectly filled 9 small 4oz jelly jars 🙂

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife July 28, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Yay! I’m so happy you like it Christina! Thank you so much for letting me know!

  • Reply Lisa July 28, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Hi. I was wondering the same thing as another poster here….can you use frozen blueberries in this recipe? Any information would be helpful. Thank you for your time.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife July 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Hi Lisa! Yes you definitely can! They just might need a little longer cooking time as they will add a little more moisture, but they will work just great!

  • Reply Amanda SC Rivers July 31, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    I love how simple you have made this and the jars are so easy to dress up and make great lil gifts to my aunts and other family and friends. Thanks for sharing !!!!! I’m going out to my blueberry bush rite now 🙂 .

  • Reply Phyllis Lovewell August 5, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Hi there Jo-Anna
    I am thinking of trying this in a bigger batch and canning.,, what is your thought on this?

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife August 10, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Hi Phyllis! I think that this would probably work just fine! Let me know how it goes!

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    This looks great we have an abundance of blueberries this year and wanted to try something simple and really like the chunkier preserves. Question can I take this recipe and can them, if so do you have a link to proper canning with this recipe.
    Thank you

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife August 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      Hi Joe! I don’t actually do the canning process – I like to make small batches so I can avoid that! But this recipe could certainly be canned!

      • Reply joe August 31, 2014 at 7:14 AM

        Great thank you!

  • Reply Nada August 31, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Thank you for this great recipe, I made it today and used organic frozen blue berries, It filled 3 jars 4 oz each. fun and easy to make. I love it, thanks again,

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  • Reply Helene February 17, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    I am preparing my ingredients for a 2nd batch of this jam, only I am going to double it. Pure genius. Thank you for making my life sweeter and easier.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife February 23, 2015 at 8:48 AM

      Oh this makes me so happy Helene! It really is so easy to make isn’t it? Have a great day!

  • Reply Mimi April 30, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Hi, im looking for an easy recipe and looks like i have found it! i know you say there is no need to seal the jars but would it be ok to preserve them with this recipe anyway?

  • Reply Pamela June 26, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Hi, found my way here to your site this morning and I love it. Made this wonderful jam (first jar lasted 12 minutes) and am making some more as soon as the blueberries are ready. Our bushes are so full this year that I was running out of things to make with the berries, which is how I found you! Yay and Yum on the jam recipe. Thanks

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    where did you find the jar from?

    that jar in the picture -thats your jam right?

    where did you buy the jar?

    and where is the lid???

  • Reply Jan March 24, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    I just made this blueberry jam. It is incredible! Can you suggest any advice for raspberries using the same method?
    Thanks, Jan

  • Reply Beth Yodis July 9, 2016 at 5:42 AM

    DO NOT DOUBLE THIS RECIPE!!! Otherwise it will splatter all over you, the floor, the walls and the stove. Not worth the mess it is to clean up! Better to do one batch at a time. VERY DELICIOUS jam! A true winner! I recently visited Lviv Ukraine and had the famous Carpathian Blueberry Jam and had to make some when I got home. I used this recipe, as it was as close to natural as one can get in a jam (no pectin) and it was PERFECT! My first bath I boiled the whole thirty minutes and it turned out very thick, it’ll be excellent on toast as it is spreadable. But my second batch I only cooked for 25 minutes and it is perfect for delicate muffins. From now on, I’ll only cook for 25 minutes. THANK YOU for this easy recipe! This is my first time to try Blueberries as a jam! MMMMMMMMMM

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  • Reply Jackie Oliver October 7, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    This looks amazing! I love jam, and blueberry might be my very favorite. It’s amazing how simple your recipe is, I have always been under the impression that jam was such a process to make. It doesn’t seem like it’s terribly hard, to even that it takes too long. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m really looking forward to some delicious jam!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife October 8, 2016 at 3:06 PM

      Hi Jackie! I always thought making jam would be so hard and tedious but after making a few batches, I realized how easy it is! Simple and delicious!

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    I was wondering if you can freeze this jam? It just my boyfriend and me so we like jam but don’t eat it very often.

  • Reply Steve Morgan December 25, 2017 at 4:15 AM

    Used some blueberries I picked yesterday and added lemon zest and juice. Turned out really well. Love the colour and the taste. I’m certainly going to try other fruits in season. Thanks for the easy recipe

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney December 29, 2017 at 11:31 AM

      You are so welcome! There’s nothing better than homemade jam!

  • Reply Nas June 26, 2018 at 4:13 AM

    I ran out of my blackcurrent jam and really wanted to have it on toast tonight. My son wanted blackcurrent too but none left so he didn’t toast his bread. I decided to go online and check for a recipe on blackcurrent jam but we don’t have any blackcurrent either. I saw your recipe on blueberrries so I thought I got some frozen blueberries in the fridge and Maybe I will try that. I followed your recipe and I couldn’t believe how it turned out. Tried it on two pcs of toasts and it tasted so delicious. Now I am going to start making my own jams. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney June 26, 2018 at 8:54 AM

      Hi Nas! I’m so glad you tried this recipe with your blackcurrants! It’s a such a versatile recipe for many berries!

  • Reply Tammy Michelle July 8, 2018 at 7:20 PM

    I think I have discovered my happy go to recipe for my delicious blueberries, this certainly will work for my husband and I , and yes a jar will probably only last us a week as well . We love it ! ❤️

  • Reply Fred July 21, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    I have never made jam before and my parents have gone away for a couple of weeks and in looking after their plants… first thing that has fruits properly for them this year are the blueberries and they are away! I found this recipe through Google and thought this would be the perfect way for then to enjoy the fruit when they are back! For a complete amateur this was very easy and I’m absolutely thrilled with the result.. have jarred some for them and had enough for a small jar to enjoy myself, thank you so much I’m sure I will be making all sorts of jams in the future now I know how easy it is! ❤

  • Reply Irene July 29, 2018 at 7:45 PM

    What if you make more jars ? Do they have to be prepped to store for a longer period of time ? Is there a certain shelf life? Thank You

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  • Reply Lynn August 1, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    When do you put the jam in the jars? I would think it goes in when it’s hot?

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney August 12, 2018 at 11:44 AM

      Hi Lynn! Any time after it’s cooked is fine!

  • Reply Pearce August 4, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Hi I’m wondering if the amount of sugar in this recipe is 1 and 1/2 cups or 11/2 cups? Thanks

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney August 12, 2018 at 11:43 AM

      Hi Pearce! Sorry for the late reply…it should read 1 and 1/2 cups! I’ll fix the recipe to reflect that…thank you!

  • Reply Brenna Cox August 27, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Oh my goodness ….made your recipe in a whim and after all said and done i have never eatin a toast so fast in my life….it is so good! I belive my phrase was ” This kicks shmuckers jams in the balls!” Lol thank you so much this will be a new staple in our home now.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney August 27, 2018 at 8:47 PM

      Hahahahahaha!! I love it! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Rachel M Taboada November 22, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    I love this recipe! I had a Costco size bag of frozen organic blueberries sitting in the freezer for about 8 months and finally decided that I needed to do something with them. I looked for a recipe for blueberry preserve and instantly liked this recipe for it’s simplicity and low sugar content. Thank you for writing that it is a “Must” to stand there and constantly stir the mixture it came out perfect. (I could see how easy it would be to burn the jam) I cut the sugar to 1 cup and it is delicious. Thank you, now I think I would get the bag at Costco again just to make this jam.

  • Reply Charmaine November 22, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Hey Jo-Anna
    Im from South-africa. Today I made jam for the first time ever. I chose this recipe because it is easy and I love love love it! My husband who doesnt like fancy jams, loves this jam. I will definitely make it again.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney November 22, 2018 at 5:11 PM

      Hi Charmaine! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! Greetings from Canada! 🙂

  • Reply Z.R January 11, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    Thanks Jo-Anna,
    My mom’s birthday is tomorrow and we always do homemade cakes. (They taste good.). This year I wanted to do something different so I decided to give it a layer of cake then some berry layer and another layer of cake. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
    Thanks again,
    – Z.R.

  • Reply Z.R January 11, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Thanks Jo-Anna,
    My mom’s birthday is tomorrow and we always do homemade cakes. (They taste good.). This year I wanted to do something different so I decided to give it a layer of cake then some berry layer and another layer of cake. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
    Thanks again for this recipe
    – Z.R.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney January 14, 2019 at 10:13 AM

      Oh that sounds so delicious!! I think I need to try that too!

  • Reply Viki August 10, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Have you ever tried making this sugar free? I was wondering if I could use Truvia or something like it. Thanks

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney August 12, 2019 at 10:11 AM

      Hi Viki! Sorry, I haven’t done this…I don’t bake with Truvia or other sweeteners so I’m not sure how they would do.

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