raspberry jam {tutorial + printable labels}

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I’ve been wanting to make homemade jam for a few years, but was intimidated by the intense process of preparing the jars, boiling the liquid, timing everything just right.

But last weekend my Aunt Laura eased my fears and clued me in to the quick and easy way to make berry jam : freezer jam. Since raspberries are perfectly in season, I decided to give it a try.  If you have never made jam before, let me encourage you : it is super easy.

freezer jam

Here’s what you’ll need:

freezer jam ingredients

:: 6 cups of fresh raspberries {about 5 6oz baskets}

:: 5 1/4 cups sugar

:: 3/4 cup water

:: 1 box of Sure Jell Fruit Pectin

::8 half pint mason jars

The actual recipe I used is right here, but I’ll walk you though the steps below.

STEP ONE: rinse jars in boiling water and dry thoroughly

rinse jars

STEP TWO: measure 6 cups of ripe raspberries and mash

mash raspberries

raspberries are mushed

STEP THREE: strain seeds

strain the seeds

I didn’t have much patience for the straining process, so I gave up after a few sieve-fulls, but you can remove as many seeds as you wish.

STEP FOUR: add sugar to berries

add sugar

stir in sugar

It is a lot of sugar, but from what I read, the sugar acts as a preservative for the berries so you can’t skimp. If you’d like a sugar free version, Sure Jell sells a no-sugar-needed pectin.

While the sugar is dissolving in the berries :

STEP FIVE: add the fruit pectin to water and bring to a boil

sure jell

Stir constantly and allow to boil for one minute.

boil

STEP SIX: Add pectin to berry mixture and stir for three minutes

add pectin to raspberries

STEP SEVEN: pour jam into prepared jars and seal tightly

pour into jars

Allow the jam to sit out for 24 hours, then it is ready to eat. You can store an opened container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks and in the freezer for one year.

jars of raspberry jam

I had a fun time decorating my jars of jam using scraps of fabric, bakers twine {from here}, flax colored yarn, houndstooth & dotted papers from my printable paper collection, and a faux raspberry from the craft store.

What special gifts these will make {maybe with some fisher scone mix? Yum}.

jam collage

I created two different labels that you are welcome to download and print:

raspberry jam full label raspberry-jam-round

And just in case you are making strawberry jam, here are labels for that:

strawberry jam full label strawberry jam round

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Just to show you behind the scenes while I’m doing craft projects, here is what my office looked like while I was embellishing my jam jars. What a mess!

what a mess

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81 Responses to raspberry jam {tutorial + printable labels}

  1. Christina July 15, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Blackberry jam is delicious too!!

  2. Marchauna September 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    This is such an easy recipe! And the step-by-step instructions are great. My girls and I tried it this morning. What a great time we had. Thank you very much for posting this tutorial. It is almost as good as having you with me in the kitchen.

  3. Deidre November 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    I love your labels! I have some blackberry jam that I wish to give as Christmas gifts. Is there any way of downloading some Blackberry Jam labels?

  4. Brenda Mulju November 9, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Love this! I’ve been looking for an idea for jam/labels for my Mom’s bridal shower next April. I’m having a tea party and wanted to give out homemade jam as favors. This is perfect! Thank you!

  5. carrie may December 2, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    I LOVE your round labels….they are too cute!! Just made my first batch of strawberry cranberry jam and would love to use your labels. Is is possible to customize the download that you posted?

    You are very creative….thank you!

  6. S. Caulder June 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    FYI: The raspberry jam circle label page is missing. Just thought I would let you know. Love your labels. I made jams for Christmas last year and they were a BIG hit. Thanks for the creative labels.
    S. Caulder

  7. Victoria June 5, 2012 at 3:19 am #

    These are beautiful! Can’t wait for raspberry season!

  8. Laurie June 5, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    So glad you’re spreading the love of canning! I got into it a couple years ago and fell madly in love! To make sure your jam is safe, listen for the “pop” noise as they seal. If the jam is hot enough, they should do it on their own. Any that don’t pop just need to be stored in the fridge and eaten in a couple weeks. That shouldn’t be too taxing, considering how gorgeous and yummy your jam looks! :)

    Thanks for the labels. They are darling! Can you tell me what font you used for the “Homemade” part on the circle labels? I’ve been searching for a font or stamp like that for months for a scrapbook page I’m doing. It’s driving me crazy!

  9. Laurie June 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Oops! Just realized you’re making freezer jam, so you don’t need to worry about popping! Sorry about that! If you ever do try making that kind, though, it’s not much more work than this, and the popping noise is adorable! :)

  10. Lisa October 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    I want to make these as a thank you gift for my friends. What kind of paper do you print it on? Just regular paper? And how do you get it to stick on the jar? Glue?

    • emily October 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

      You can print on cardstock and attach with glue or sticky dots. Or full sheet sticker paper is great because then you can stick it directly on the jar.

  11. Miss D. October 11, 2012 at 3:55 am #

    I there!!! You’ve made lovely labels, don’t you have them for customization?

    Have a lovely day :)

  12. Sheri April 12, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Can you tell me where to get the flag label at? It’s the long skinny one with the little raspberry on it? I’m actually doing strawberry jam as party favors for a bridal shower. Thanks sheri

  13. Adelaide July 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Hello, I was looking at this recipe for later use, and on the first picture, you have a jar of the raspberry jam with some string, a raspberry embellishment, and a label. I was wondering where you found this gorgeous raspberry embellishment that you put on the outside of that jar. Thank you!

    • emily July 27, 2013 at 9:53 am #

      I bought it years ago at a craft store. They always have a section near the floral/ribbon with these floral picks – I grab a few for gift toppers or other embellishments.

  14. Memesis June 23, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    I make seedless berry jams all the time, and also hated the de-seeding process, until I got smart and placed all my fresh berries in the blender and whizzed them, then poured the berry juice thru a wire sieve. The juice went right through but the seeds all stayed in the sieve! Just look at the seeds your berries contain and gauge your sieve size accordingly. For blackberries, i can use a pretty good sized mesh as the seeds are so big usually. Try it next time and see what you think. This trick allowed me to take the fancy and expensive food mill I bought for the task back to the store!

  15. Pamela July 2, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    question: did the glass jars do ok in the freezer? I just made raspberry freezer jam for the first time and my MIL and another friend said to you plastic. The jars are SO much cuter. Thanks for any feedback!! :)

    ps love your site <3 just moved to WA from so Cali and love having something fun to read, do during the transition.

    • emily July 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

      The jars did just fine! They were only in there a short time as we ate through it quickly, but they made it!

  16. elli September 26, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    what font did you use for the labels?? I love your labels!!!

  17. Lindsey Cowen October 10, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    Okay, so I have a question for you. My girls picked raspberries, but mashed them up as they were picking them. Do you know how many cups the mashed raspberries end up making?

    • emily October 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

      I bet you could just estimate depending on how smashed the raspberries are. I’m sure it’s not a perfect science :)

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