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Simple blackcurrant jam

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes about 450ml/16fl oz (1-2 jam jars)
Dietary Vegetarian
This easy recipe uses the whole fruit for a tart, rich preserve that sets well. It's excellent on crisp toasted rye bread, or spooned with yoghurt onto porridge in the morning. You’ll need a sugar thermometer for this recipe.


  1. Pick all the stalks from the blackcurrants, place the fruit in a saucepan, cover with 250ml/9fl oz water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until the skins of the currants are very tender and the liquid has almost evaporated.

  2. Add the sugar and lemon juice, bring to the boil then cook until the mixture reaches 105C/220F on a sugar thermometer.

  3. Leave to cool for a few minutes then pour into hot, clean jars and seal immediately.


  • 300g/10½oz fresh blackcurrants
  • 300g/10½oz granulated or caster sugar
  • 1 small lemon, juice only

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