Blackberry Lemon Jam

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    Blackberry lemon jam is so gorgeous and tasty! It's insanely easy to make that you'll never have to buy store-bought again!

    So you know how as you get older, the conversations you NEVER thought you’d be having, you’re having? Like, cleaning products and how awesome this brand smells over this brand or how ‘obsessed’ you are with this laundry detergent because it smells like a field of lavender. Or how about what awesome kitchen gadget you snagged up at the outlets? Or being overly ecstatic about getting new window treatments or bed linens? Every time I have an adult conversation, I end up laughing because I’m like, “this is seriously what I’m talking about now?” when I remember like five years ago I’d be all about which bar I want to go to that night or which concert I want to attend that summer. As I’m writing this, I’ve got the biggest smile on my face because I’m just laughing at myself for laughing at my parents when they talked about this stuff when we were growing up. “Ugh why do you guys even care about this paint color? It’s not a big deal.” Umm, I would tell my seven year old self that IT IS a BIG deal. Haha

    On the same note, I bought myself a label maker yesterday. I had been wanting one for a while (hahaha again, I can’t even picture me saying this five years ago) and I finally found one that was reasonable and I put it in my Amazon cart this weekend but didn’t purchase it yet. I was perusing Amazon again yesterday and the price dropped $10!!! I snagged up the label maker for $9.99!! Now I’m cracking up again cause I’m so stoked that I scored a LABEL MAKER for $10. Oh god. It’s just so funny what makes your days when you get older. And then when we have kids, I’m sure my conversations will be all about poop, sleeping, and what stroller is the safest. #perspective…however, I will say that I can’t wait to label everythingggg. It’s like fueling my OCD tendencies even more, ha!

    Blackberry lemon jam is so gorgeous and tasty! It's insanely easy to make that you'll never have to buy store-bought again!



    I adore the color of blackberries when they cook down and when they’re made into jam. It’s such a gorgeous deep red color. Isn’t it funny that blackberries turn a deep red color when cooked when their outer skin is purple-ish?

    I made this blackberry lemon jam with lemon essential oil. A little goes a looonng way. These essential oils are very potent. I think I used about two drops and it was perfect! We’ve been spreading this on all our peanut butter sandwiches and on water crackers. I’ve had a hard time not eating it by the spoonful. It’s definitely one of my favorite jams to make! Now, I don’t can because I don’t know much about it but this made two 16-ounce mason jars and they have been keeping fine in the fridge for over two months. I can’t attest to longer than 6 months but so far ours have been fine for two months. Just something to keep in mind. However, if you do know how to can, you can absolutely use this recipe and can it! :)

    Blackberry lemon jam is so gorgeous and tasty! It's insanely easy to make that you'll never have to buy store-bought again!

    Blackberry Lemon Jam

    Blackberry lemon jam is so gorgeous and tasty!
    Prep Time: 5 mins
    Cook Time: 30 mins
    Total Time: 35 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 16
    Calories: 16kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 2 pounds blackberries, fresh or frozen
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 2 drops lemon essential oil, see note


    • In a medium pot over medium-high heat, add blackberries, sugar, water, and juice of 1 lemon.
    • Cook down the blackberries until they reduce down and start to burst, stirring often. Turn down the heat to medium-low and use the back of a wooden spoon or spatula to press the berries against the side of the pot to burst the berries.
    • Once the berries have reduced down and the mixture has thickened, about 30 minutes, remove pot from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
    • Add the lemon essential oil and stir to incorporate.
    • Evenly divide jam mixture into mason jars and store in fridge for up to two months.


    The fresh lemon juice will help thicken the mixture because of its natural pectin. If you don't like the consistency of this jam, you can add pectin powder to thicken up the jam some more.
    You'll want to add the lemon essential oil into the mixture when it's cooled because otherwise the heat will destroy the benefits of the oil. If you do not have lemon essential oil, I would use 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract to start and adjust to taste!
    Nutrition Facts
    Blackberry Lemon Jam
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 16
    % Daily Value*
    Carbohydrates 12g4%
    Fiber 3g12%
    Sugar 9g10%
    Protein 1g2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

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  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    That color!! So gorgeous. I wish I had some to slather on some toast for breakfast right now. And seriously – adult life is both funny and strange. ;)

  • Leah says:

    Oh my goodness this looks divine! Nothing like a good homemade jam.
    And I agree that it’s so funny to notice the shift in things that get you excited as you get older. I was out celebrating a friend’s younger brother’s birthday the other night (he’s in his early 20s) and somehow the conversation turned to the importance of buying a house in certain school districts and how having a dishwasher is non-negotiable. He laughed and said “wow — conversations I NEVER have.”

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    A label maker and this blackberry jam, what more do you need in life? xoxo

  • Meggan | Culinary Hill says:

    That’s the easiest jam I’ve seen in a long time. Love the color!

  • Heather Christo says:

    omg on the label maker!!! love it. And this jam looks absolutely wonderful.

  • Chrissy says:

    My friends and I this past Christmas talked about how excited we were to get: shower curtains and towels, serving wear and bedding. It’s great to be “old” (and by old, I mean 33). And we talk about jam a lot because I love jam and hoard it in inappropriate amounts. I love this- and love the essential oils. I’ll definitely have a look next time I’m at the store!

  • marla says:

    Nice work with the label maker & the jam!!

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says:

    What a beautiful jam! I think my morning toast needs this!

  • dixya | food, pleasure, and health says:

    things we talk about and get excited about right….im excited about tomatoes and asparagus…so now that you have a label maker, i am assuming the weekend project involves labeling things? #wearesonotcool

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts says:

    this is absolutely gorgeous! yum!!

  • Maria says:

    I love blackberry and lemon- I am sure this recipe is amazing! YUM.

  • Gaby says:

    This jam looks fantastic, so pretty! I will be trying this great recipe for sure!

  • Oana says:

    Now I know what to make with all the blueberries and blackberries I frozen last summer and didn’t use during winter. It looks delicious, perfect with crepes or scones.

  • Anna says:

    looove this!!! it looks amazing

  • Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says:

    Beautiful! This jam looks amazing. :D

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    This jam looks beautiful and I love the combo of blackberry and lemon! I want to spread this on everything.

  • I know EXACTLY what you are talking about. My friend and I just got into a conversation about socks yesterday. SOCKS. What is my life becoming?? lol

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Now this is one gorgeous jam! I need some toast :)

  • Sommer @ASpicyPerspective says:

    Blackberry photos are making me drool! Perfect addition to my breakfast!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Gorgeous jam! And, what a score at Amazon! (I always have a full cart and check prices, LOL.) Thanks for sharing, Julie!

  • Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek says:

    I will be making this recipe this summer. We have a bunch of blackberries in the lower acreage and this will be perfect.

  • Kristen @ Dinner For Two Blog says:

    This looks so amazing! I need to try it ASAP!

  • Mary @chattavore says:

    Oh, this sounds so delicious and looks so gorgeous! I will have to make this soon.

  • Stephanie says:

    Oh geez, I’ve always been an old soul in a young body. A few of my friends got married and had children before me so I felt like I was always talking about things before my time! haha

  • Edwina says:

    I am obsessed with the jar you have that awesome jam in. Where can I find it?

    • Julie says:

      It’s a Weck jar. You can get them online! I bought mine at World Market.

      • Edwina says:

        Ordered! Thanks :)

  • Sarah says:

    Girl on a college budget here… but I still want to make this! Can I do without the lemon essential oil/ lemon extract and still get the lemon flavor by maybe just adding juice from an additional lemon? Or will that still not give the lemon flavor and/or make it too think bc of natural pectin?

    • Julie says:

      You can do it without the lemon essential oil but I would definitely do it with lemon extract because if you add in another lemon, it might not be enough. Lemon extract is more potent :) OR you could try without the lemon extract and put in the zest of the lemon and juice in another lemon and see how that works. It wouldn’t be too thin; it should thicken as lemon juice is a natural pectin so it helps with thickening.

  • Kevin says:

    Blackberries are .99 today I might try it. Are the seeds bothersome? Wondering they cook down some and get sof

    • Julie Wampler says:

      they’re bothersome if you don’t like seeds, I guess. they don’t really soften and cook down; it’s a lot of texture.

  • Linda Zeller says:

    Am going to try this today! Sounds yummy! However, how much does the recipe make? You say 15 servings but would like to know in cups so I know how much to buy. Thanks.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      it makes about 1 cup

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