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6 Jams You Can Make Today - No Canning Required

Posted by ReganJonesRD
April 18, 2015
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6 Jams You Can Make Today - No Canning Required

~by Regan Jones, RD

I can remember foods being canned at my Mawmaw Ween's house during the summer. There were all kinds of nifty contraptions to make it happen -- pressure cookers, jar racks, weird looking tongs to lift the jars in and out. It was quite the ordeal. And while I still admire folks who take the time to slow down and preserve this tradition (<-- see what I did there), I am not those folks. As we've established, I'm working at a utilitarian pace in my kitchen, and as such, this just isn't one of the traditional kitchen rituals for which I'm willing to allocate my time. 

That said, the minute those first strawberries start popping up at roadside farmers markets (like right now!), my mind goes straight to jellies, jams and buttery biscuits. 

I'm in the process of perfecting my buttery biscuits, but that's no reason to delay on jams and jellies. So if you're headed to the farmers' market this weekend, swinging by a roadside stand or just grabbing some (finally) in-season berries at your local grocer, you'll want to check out our Editor Picks below. I've rounded up my favorite choices for jams you can make that don't require canning. The secret is that they all use chia seeds as a thickener. If you've never tried chia, you'll be amazed at how easily it recreates that jel quality ordinarily reserved for the boiling/canning method that relies primarily on fruit pectin. 

Of note, though... as a seed, chia is.... well, seedy. So if you're looking for a very smooth, jelly-like consistency, these may not be for you. But I've always been a "seeds in my jam? no problem" kinda gal. Seriously... I live life on the edge, you know? 

Happy Fruit Season!

Wishing you lots of pints o'berries, baskets of peaches and bushels of whatever you like most.  



6 Jams You Can Make Today - No Canning Required

Summery Chia Seed Jam

by Pickles & Honey                                                  

6 Jams You Can Make Today - No Canning Required

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

by Gluten Free Vegan Pantry                                                  

6 Jams You Can Make Today - No Canning Required

Cherry Chia Jam

by Blissful Basil                                                  

6 Jams You Can Make Today - No Canning Required

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam

by The Pretty Bee                                                  

6 Jams You Can Make Today - No Canning Required

Peach Chia Jam

by dieT Taste                                                  

6 Jams You Can Make Today - No Canning Required

Blueberry Lemon Chia Jam

by Cooking LSL                                                  


If, unlike me, you're willing to devote a little kitchen time to preserving summer produce this year, check out this book recommendation from our friends at Cooking Light as one of the best places to start. 


Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including,, and She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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