If you’re wondering how to make homemade jam quickly I have the answer! This pressure cooker jam takes 15 minutes and you can use any fruit you want in your Instant Pot.
I have always wanted to make homemade jam but never really got around to it until now! My Instant Pot is just an amazing thing and figured I could probably make some easy pressure cooker jam with fresh huckleberries I bought. It came out delicious and is now added to our 101+ Instant Pot Recipes here on my site. 😉
I bought a bunch since they’re only in season once a year here in Idaho and had some left over after making this huckleberry cobbler so instead of just eating them right out of the container I decided to jump right in and make some huckleberry jam.
You can use any berries you might have but this is what I used this time…….
I had about 1.5 lbs. which didn’t look like quite enough fruit when I put it into my pressure cooker so I added 3/4 of a container of fresh strawberries from our garden to try and make it about 2 lbs. of fresh fruit total.
That is why this pressure cooker jam recipe rocks….you can use whatever you have on hand or what is fresh at the time to make homemade jam in literally 15 minutes.
I suppose you could use frozen fruit to make jam but I haven’t tried that yet and I probably wouldn’t adjust the time since fruit cooks so fast in an Instant Pot.
When I try that I will update this to let you know how that turns out, or if you use frozen let me know below so I can share that info. 😉
Fruit releases a lot of juice so liquid really isn’t necessary to add in the quick cooking session and when it was done it was a bit more watery than I would want it so I added a bit of cornstarch and water.
The combination of huckleberries and strawberries worked well to bring some added sweetness to the typically slightly sourness of fresh huckleberries but sugar was needed as well to sweeten it up.
If I were to use something like peaches I would add less sugar, probably closer to 3/4 of a cup instead of 1 but that is personal preference so use this guide to make your own Instant Pot strawberry jam or whatever flavor you prefer and sweeten to your liking. 😉
This is what you’ll need to make pressure cooker jam with fruit
- Small mason jars – these mason jars for jam are perfect for yourself and to tie a ribbon around and use as gifts
- Fresh fruit – 2 lbs. made 4 jars for us, the 3 shown in the pic at the top and one other one not shown.
- Vanilla extract & lemon juice – I think both are a good addition to any fruit jam but that is personal preference
Here’s the printable recipe for you:
Pressure Cooker Jam
- 2 lbs fruit we used 1.5 lbs. huckleberries, .5 lbs strawberries
- 1 c sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla optional
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp water
- Wash and cut stems off berries, if present. Dice larger fruits you might be using into bite size pieces (we left huckleberries whole and cut strawberries in half).
- Put berries into pressure cooker with sugar, and vanilla if you're adding those. Gently stir so all berries are coated.
- If you want a sweeter jam allow this mixture to sit for about 15 minutes or so to allow sugars to really seep in.
- Put lid on, close steam valve and set to pressure high for 1 minute.
- Allow to naturally release steam for about 10 minutes, then release rest of steam.
- In a small bowl whisk together cornstarch and water until smooth, empty contents into pot with berries and set Instant Pot to saute.
- Stir consistently and slowly until mixture bubbles, do this for 2-3 minutes so jam begins to thicken. Turn pot off and transfer to small mason jars (what we used). Do not put lids on until completely cooled. Put lids on and refrigerate, enjoy on just about everything!
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