You’ll never see jam the same way again once you try this recipe for my 2-ingredient homemade raspberry jam without pectin. It has quickly become a staple in our kitchen because it’s so easy to prepare, and we can use whatever fruit we’d like–perfect for harvest season when there’s an abundance of fruit.

If you’re looking for another heavenly homemade jam, also try this peach jam (it’s the perfect combination or sweet, tart and fruity).

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How to Make Homemade Raspberry Jam Without Pectin

This is exactly how easy it is to make this 2-ingredient raspberry jam recipe from scratch:

  1. Mash the raspberries. Place 4 cups of fresh raspberries in a large stainless steel pot and mash with a potato masher.
  2. Boil. Bring the mashed raspberries to a boil over high heat.
  3. Cook. Cook the raspberries for 4 minutes, stirring frequently as you do so.
  4. Add the sugar. Stir in 4 cups of sugar.
  5. Boil. Bring the mixture back to a boil, stirring constantly.
  6. Cook. Cook for an additional 4 minutes.
  7. Ladle. Ladle the jam into sterilized jars and seal immediately.
  8. Store. Store the jam until ready to use.
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What is Pectin?

Pectin is a naturally occurring starch that is found in fruits and vegetables, and it’s typically one of the main ingredients in most commercially available jams and jellies.

However, in spite of the fact that pectin is a natural substance, it also comes with some risks to your health as well. It has been shown to interfere with the body’s ability to absorb certain nutrients and antioxidants, including beta carotene. (1)

Pectin has also been shown to reduce your ability to absorb certain life saving medications, including those intended to treat cardiovascular disease.

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Will This Jam Recipe Work With Other Types of Berries?

You can easily adapt this 2-ingredient homemade jam recipe to work with different types of berries. With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite types of berries to use for making jam:

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NOTE: Just be aware that some of these berry jams will in fact contain pectin, so if you’re trying to avoid it, you’re probably going to be better off sticking with making homemade raspberry jam.

More Good Raspberry Condiment/Sauce Recipes:

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P.S. If you’re looking for a jam recipe that’s a little more out there, and savory, try this homemade tomato jam! It’s incredible on toast (believe it or not), on crackers, and has so many other uses:

2-Ingredient Raspberry Jam Without Pectin

This 2-ingredient homemade raspberry jam will quickly become a staple in your kitchen because it’s so easy to prepare and doesn't require pectin.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4 cups


  • 4 cups fresh raspberries
  • 4 cups sugar


  • Place the raspberries in a large stainless steel pot. 
  • Mash the raspberries with a potato masher. 
  • Bring to a boil over high heat. 
  • Cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  • Stir in the sugar. 
  • Bring back to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Cook for another 4 minutes. 
  • Ladler into sterilized jars and seal immediately. 
  • Store in a cool dark place and refrigerate once opened.
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Emma Kelly

Lover of smoosh faced dogs, cooking (of all kinds), spending as much time as I can in the garden (especially with homegrown veg and cut flowers), and diy’ing everything! Make sure to follow me on Pinterest for more easy meals, (mostly) healthy desserts and crave-worthy snacks. Learn more about me here.

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  1. Can you cut down the amount of sugar called for and it still thicken? I’m trying to use less sugar. Thank you.

    1. Definitely! You will just need to reduce the jam mixture longer though to get the right consistency.

    1. Unfortunately not! You can make it ‘no sugar added’, but it will still have sugar with the natural sugar content from the berries.