I find it really hard to find good fruity jams in stores that are not made from processed sugars or filled with preservatives and GMO ingredients. So I decided to give home made jam a shot. Instead of using pectin, which is a thickener, I decide to use Chia seeds to do the same and add some crunch or textural variety. Best of all, I didn't have to worry about exact quantities with Chia seeds because I know how healthy they are. Simple, home made and delicious fruit jam. There's no better spread for my toasts and toppings for my cookies. Try it for any berry or fruit you love.
- Drop the blueberries into a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the lemon juice once some liquid starts to gather in bottom of pan.
- Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Add the honey and stir, mashing some blueberries as you do. You can mash all if you like, depending on the consistency of the jam you enjoy.
- Lower heat now, add the chia seeds and let it simmer for five minutes occasionally stirring mixture. It should start to really thicken now with the chia seeds cooking into it. Note that it still won't be very thick - that will only happen when cooled.
- Return to a boil for another 1 minute and switch off the heat.
- Let the sauce pan cool down fully before you pour the jam into a clean jar.
- Allow the jam in the jar to set and cool to room temperature, before you seal it and refrigerate. Since this not a preserved jam, try consuming it within 2-3 weeks.