Instant pot blueberry jam without pectin is easy to make and delicious. I added vanilla extract to flavor the instant pot blueberry jam!
This blueberry jam is perfect to use a spread on your morning toast, pancakes, waffles etc or mix it up with yogurt for a delicious breakfast.
Blueberry jam is a colorful, yummy berry jam that you can make in summer when blueberries are in season.
So if you have picked up blueberries this summer and looking for new blueberry recipes to try, or if you have lots of leftover bueberries, do try this small batch blueberry jam at home.
The jam is very colorfuk with a deep blue & purple hue which will look great on toast & pancakes!
However, the blueberry jam can stain clothes with its blue color, so be careful about that part!
I have also made blueberry sauce (blueberry compote) in instant pot which is easy, delicious and perfect for cheesecakes, pancakes, waffles, ice cream etc!
Make sure to use fresh blueberries for the best jam and also make sure you are using the ¼ cup liquid as called in the recipe (from lemon juice and water).
This a small batch blueberry jam which you can transfer to dry, clean glass jars and store in refrigerator for about two weeks of time. This jam is not meant for canning purpose.
I used a medium sized lemon to get the lemon juice but I do not recommend using more lemon juice than mentioned since the blueberries are also kind of tart in flavor.
Also I used two teaspoons of cornstarch in this instant pot blueberry jam recipe since I found it little difficult to thicken the jam without pectin or cornstarch.
I have successfully made this instant pot mango jam and instant pot peach jam without pectin or cornstarch which thickened on its own just fine, but found it difficult to do with the strawberry jam honey jam I tried and also this blueberry jam.
In the mango jam, peach jam and also strawberry jam, I have used a potato masher to mash the cooked fruit.
However in this blueberry jam I didn't use the potato masher (as I didn't mash the blueberries), but I just stirred the jam and the jam turned out very nice without the need to use a masher.
How To Make Instant Pot Blueberry Jam
We need the following ingredients to make this delicious berry jam:
5 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Step By Step Instructions
To make the blueberry jam in the instant pot, we need fresh blueberries.
Discard any spoiled ones (sometimes when you buy a box of blueberries, some of the blueberries may get spoiled a little too soon so if you have any blueberry like that just discard those ones and only use the fresh blueberries to make the jam).
Wash all the blueberries and add the blueberries to the instant pot.
Also add the sugar, lemon juice and water, mix everything well. When you stir, the sugar will slightly dissolve and mix with the juice from blueberries so you will have some liquid to use in the instant pot.
Close the instant pot with lid in sealing position and cook in high pressure for 2 minutes. Do a natural pressure release.
Once the pressure is all released, carefully open the lid, stir the contents and add vanilla extract.
Stir again and make a cornstarch mixture using little cornstarch (more explained in the recipe card on the amounts of the ingredients) and liquid from the instant pot.
Add the cornstarch mixture, simmer the contents (using saute function) while stirring until it almost thickens to jam consistency (takes around 4 to 5 minutes).
How To Store Instant Pot Blueberry Jam?
The delicious and easy blueberry jam can be stored in dry, clean glass jars and store up to two weeks in refrigerator.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a small batch jam which is to be stored in refrigerator for a couple of weeks, this is not meant for canning.
Can You Make Blueberry Jam Without Sugar?
Yes, you can make blueberry jam without sugar using honey.
You may need to reduce the amount of honey to about 1 cup for this blueberry jam recipe if you want to replace sugar with honey.
This is because using two cups of honey will be too much liquid for the same amount of blueberries.
Just like I made this strawberry honey jam in instant pot, you can make blueberry jam using honey too, by reducing the amount of honey and following the process shown in the strawberry honey jam recipe.
Can You Use Frozen Blueberries To Make The Jam?
If you wish to use frozen blueberries, you may replace fresh blueberries with frozen blueberries.
I would recommend using fresh blueberries for the best results, but you still can make the jam with frozen blueberries as well.
It will take few more minutes for the instant pot to come to pressure when you use frozen blueberries so the total time for cooking will be little longer than using fresh blueberries.
If you are using frozen blueberries to make the jam, I think it is best to use it all at least in a couple of days (by storing in refrigerator) since I am not sure about storing for longer time.
If using fresh blueberries, I usually store for about two weeks time in the refrigerator.
More Instant Pot Jam Recipes Without Pectin:
More blueberry recipes:
If you want to see an awesome blueberry jam recipe on stove top without using instant pot, I recommend this recipe.
So here is how you can make this easy blueberry jam in your instant pot following this easy recipe.
Instant Pot Blueberry Jam Without Pectin
- instant pot
- Wash the blueberries and add the washed blueberries to the instant pot.
- Add the sugar, mix well with the berries.Also add the lemon juice and water, stir well.
- Close the instant pot with lid in sealing position and press manual or pressure cook and cook in high pressure for 2 minutes.Once the cooking is done, press the 'keep warm/cancel' button and wait for a natural pressure release. Once the pressure is all naturally released, carefully open the lid by turning to the venting position.Add the vanilla extract also to the instant pot, stir well and begin to simmer the contents.
- Meanwhile take a little liquid from the pot and add to the cornstarch to make a mixture. Make sure there are no lumps in the cornstarch mixture.
- Add this cornstarch mixture to the instant pot, stir well and continue to simmer the contents for another (make sure to keep stirring at this point) for another 5 to 6 minutes until the jam is almost thickened to the jam consistency. Keep in mind that the jam will thicken a little more as it cools down so do not overcook the contents.
- Once the jam is cooled enough (while still warm), transfer to dry, clean glass jars and store refrigerated for up to one week.