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Gooseberry Jam

Gooseberry Jam

Jam is a great comfort food. It’s perfect for breakfast or brunch; on toast or scones; and as a delicious dessert topping. Make some gooseberry jam to have on hand in the winter, when you’re looking forward to the next summer’s harvest! Try this small batch recipe, and scale up once you get the taste you like. Note: For this recipe, you need a boiling water bath canner.




  1. Prep a boiling water bath canner and a 12-ounce jar.
  2. Put the water, sugar, and lemon juice into a saucepan.
  3. Bring the water to a gentle boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add the gooseberries and boil on medium-high heat until all the gooseberries pop. Add more water if necessary.
  5. Once all the gooseberries have popped, simmer for 10 to 15 minutes to thicken the mixture.
  6. Taste the jam and adjust sugar/lemon balance to your preference.
  7. Pour jam into the prepared jar.
  8. Wipe the rim, tighten the lid and ring, and process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.
  9. Let the jar cool completely, then store in the fridge.