Easy Small Batch Refrigerator Jam

This is the easiest 2 ingredient refrigerator jam recipe! All you need is sugar and fruit to make your favorite jam. The jam is made on a stovetop, then refrigerated until you’re ready to enjoy. No pectin necessary for this quick, easy, and absolutely delicious homemade jam.

A small jar of grape jam with a knife sticking out from the top of the jar plated on a metal tray with two scones in the background

What could be more scrumptious in the morning than a warm biscuit, slathered in butter and a spoonful of homemade jam. Not many things, I assure you. With this easy small batch refrigerator jam recipe, you can have fresh tasting, made-from-scratch jam in minutes.

There’s no need to break out your canning gear and put away the pectin, they aren’t even necessary with this simple jam recipe.

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See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • blueberries or strawberries
  • sugar

Keep in mind that the natural sweetness of fruit can vary greatly. Taste your blueberries and strawberries before you begin to make the jam. If the fruit tastes tart, you might want to add slightly more sugar than this recipe calls for.

This recipe makes 1 small jar of blueberry or strawberry jam, about 3/4 cup.

What Other Kinds Of Fruit Can I Use?

You can make refrigerator jam with just about any kind of fruit so feel free to use what you available and whichever fruits are in season. You might also like to consider adding a hefty pinch of fresh herbs like rosemary or mint or grating fresh ginger and adding it to the fruit as it cooks on the stove.

How To Make Jam

The fruit and the sugar simmer in a small saucepan and in about 30 minutes of total cooking time you’ll have sweet homemade blueberry jam or strawberry jam.

There is no pectin needed in this jam recipe. The jam cooks quickly and as it cooks, it thickens naturally. You can see exactly what I mean our recipe video below.

Jam made without pectin is generally not as thick as store bought jam but its fresh taste makes it even more delicious.

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Strawberry jam spread on a scone that is on a plate next to a jar of jam, a cup of coffee, and a small bowl of strawberries all on a metal tray

Homemade jam is so delicious when spread on strawberry scones or biscuits. A spoonful is also wonderful stirred into plain or vanilla yogurt.

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jar of blueberry jam

Easy Small Batch Refrigerator Jam (Blueberry or Strawberry)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Breakfast
Keyword: jam
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 40kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2 cups blueberries (1 pint) or 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar

How To Video

Blueberry Refrigerator Jam Recipe – Small Batch
Watch this video on YouTube.


  • Combine the blueberries (or strawberries) and the sugar in a medium saucepan. Mash berries slightly with a potato masher or the bottom of a fork. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  • As soon as the berries begin to boil, begin to stir.
  • Continue to cook and stir occasionally until jam begins to thicken. During the last few minutes of cook time, stir vigorously so that the mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
    When the mixture reaches a gel consistency, remove pan from the heat. 
  • Pour into a clean glass jar.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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23 thoughts on “Easy Small Batch Refrigerator Jam”

    1. Iris, I have not made fig jam but I’m fairly certain you can use this recipe to make it. I would add in 1/4 cup of water to the pot to cook along with the figs and sugar.

  1. 5 stars
    Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to your mixture before cooking for an extra fresh taste. This works for any jam.

    1. Hi Carol,
      Yes, you can use frozen fruit. Just thaw the fruit first and drain the excess water. Keep in mind that frozen fruit (that has been thawed) often contains more water than fresh so you might need to add 5 minutes or so of cooking time.


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