Raspberry Agave Jam

UPDATE: Sign ups for the jam exchange are open!! Info here.

What's that you say? You say it's time for some JAM???? Woohooo it's jam making season and I am so excited for it to be here! So excited that my friend and I took off from work last Thursday to go raspberry picking and then to go make jam!

Aren't they beauties? We each picked 5 pints, 4 for jam, and one for ourselves. We decided to make one batch with sugar and one with agave nectar to experiment for my peeps at Wholesome Sweeteners, they've been looking for more agave jam recipes and I'm always happy to help! (especially when they send me agave to practice with! thanks guys!)


I can happily say our experiment was a very happy success!! Look at the color in those jars! Beautiful if you ask me.


This also brings me to a question... are you ladies and gents up for year 2 of the annual steph chows jam exchange??? I hope you are!! Sign ups will be starting soon so keep an eye out for all the late breaking jam news! (click on the image above to read last years round up!)


:) Now for the recipe

Raspberry Jam sweetened with Agave
recipe by Steph Chows

4 pints raspberries
2 cups wholesome sweetener agave nectar (2 containers)
love
5, 1/2 pint mason jars (to sanitize jars put them in a pot of water and boil for 10 minutes)
canning supplies: jar funnel, jar tongs, large pot to boil jars in

Rinse raspberries and check for any bugs (eww) place into a heavy bottom pot (I used a 5 qt pot) and add in agave nectar and a good helping of love. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Once it boils turn down the heat and simmer for 25 minutes (don't stop stirring it!). Remove from heat and place into sanitized mason jars (fill up to a 1/2 inch from the top of the jar - this is where a jar funnel comes in super handy) . Carefully wipe off any spills and place lids and rings on the jars. Use your tongs and place filled jars back into the large pot of hot water, bring to a boil and let boil for 10 minutes. Remove jars with the tongs and let dry on a cooling rack undisturbed overnight. Label your jars and give them to all those people you love :)

What's that you don't have labels? Well here you go then :) Just click on the image (so it gets big) and then right click on it and select "save to desktop". Then open the image and print to fit a horizontal 8.5x 11 sheet of paper. Done and DONE!

30 chews:

Jeanne said...

Love the jam lid design! And I love that there will be another jam exchange. Yay!

Jennifer said...

WOOHOO another year of Jam exchange!! last year was a hit, you can count me in again this year (wow a year flies by!)

I love the naturalness of this jam with agave and the lid label design is so pretty!!

What a fun idea! My favorite is strawberry rhubarb jam for sure!

brandi said...

great idea using the agave and I LOVE those labels!

I'd love to learn how to make jam - I've never done it before!!!

Sunshine said...

JAM EXCHANGE! I've been waiting, not so patiently. all summer for this to come back around. Count me in!

Diana Bauman said...

You better believe I'm ready! I've been checking your site for updates on your jam exchange, lol! So happy to hear it will be back on, wahoo!! Thanks Steph!

Hannah said...

You're killing me, those raspberries look perfect! I wish I had enough to make jam this year... Alas, it may have to wait for yet another summer.

Such gorgeous pics - the raspberries and the jam are both so pretty! I'll bet its yummy stuff too and I love the labels.

Also, Congrats! You won my Ocean water bottle give-away!! Please email me your address info to:

divaonadiet@gmail.com

and I'll pass it along to Nautica so they can ship out your bottle. Yay! :)

Evan @swEEts said...

Yum! Raspberry jam is one of my faves.. I really don't make the stuff myself as much as I should! I may just have to join your jam exchange! :)

Pam said...

I love raspberry jam and using agave is a great idea. Cute lid labels.

oh how I love raspberry jam. it is my all time favorite. this looks divine!

Mags said...

I'm not much of a jam eater, but raspberry is my favorite and I love the addition of the agave nectar.

Sophie said...

Ooooh,..I love a good home made raspberry jam & yours looks so lovely, tasty & special too with the agave in it!!

Your printed labels look colourful & ooh so fab too!

kate said...

Hi steph! i just found your blog (stumbled on it through tastespotting) and it's good to see another foodie from rochester! you're one of the few i've found!

stephchows said...

i'm so excited by everyone's excitement!! woohoo!

and kate welcome! and wonderful to meet another roc blogger!

Ty'sMommy said...

Ohmigosh, I just found your blog and I would LOVE to be part of the jam exchange!! How exciting! I'll be keeping an eye out for more info!

LisaHP said...

This recipe looks great! I'll be trying my hand at making jam for the first time and can't wait to try this recipe.

What is the shelf life of the jam?

stephchows said...

Lisa- if all goes well (all bacteria is killed during canning) and the jars seal properly they say they last 12 months!

LisaHP said...

This recipe looks great! I'll be trying my hand at making jam for the first time and can't wait to try this recipe.

What is the shelf life of the jam?

Jeanne said...

Love the jam lid design! And I love that there will be another jam exchange. Yay!

kate said...

Hi steph! i just found your blog (stumbled on it through tastespotting) and it's good to see another foodie from rochester! you're one of the few i've found!

oh how I love raspberry jam. it is my all time favorite. this looks divine!

Diana Bauman said...

You better believe I'm ready! I've been checking your site for updates on your jam exchange, lol! So happy to hear it will be back on, wahoo!! Thanks Steph!

brandi said...

great idea using the agave and I LOVE those labels!

I'd love to learn how to make jam - I've never done it before!!!

Hannah said...

Will blue agave work?

I think that would work too! Just so you know it seemed like my agave sweetened jams lasted less than a year before going bad :( So I'd try to use them sooner rather than later!

Alison UK said...

Hi Steph,

Is there any way that your agave rapsberry jam could be translated in lb's and ounces? We've just pickd our own raspberries and i wold like to make some diabetic jam for my sister.
Regards Alison

Hmm let me look into it! I know I can get the oz. from the agave bottle easily... but not sure the weight of the berries. Let me try to figure it out!

Michele said...

can agave be used in my bread machine instead sugar to make jam

I've truthfully never even heard of making jam in a bread machine so I might not be the best person to ask, but at the same time I don't see why it wouldn't work! The only thing with agave jam is it doesn't seem to be as shelf stable as sugar based jams, so I'd say refrigerate it and use it up! :) Hope it turns out! Good luck!

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