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Gooseberry Jam Made From Wild Fruit

Isabel D. Wolf and William Schafer

Jams are made from crushed or ground whole fruit and usually have a thick consistency due to the high pectin content. Fruit gives the product its special flavor and often provides pectin for thickening. Pectin is needed to provide thickening or gel formation.

Gooseberry Jam Recipe

  • 6 cup gooseberries (¾ ripe (red), ¼ under ripe (green)
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 4 cups sugar

Wash berries, place in saucepan with water, and bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer until gooseberries are soft, approximately 15 minutes. Remove from heat and measure pulp (about 4 cups) add sugar and boil 7-9 minutes. Pour jelly into hot, sterilized half-pint or pint jars to 1/4 inch of top. Seal with two-piece canning lids. Process in a boiling water bath. See chart below.

Processing Time in a Boiling Water Canner for Jams and Jellies

Jar size Elevation Processing time
Half or quarter pints 0-1000 feet 5 minutes
Half or quarter pints 1001-2000 feet 6 minutes
Half or quarter pints 2001-3000 feet 7 minutes
Pints 0-1000 feet 10 minutes
Pints 1001-2000 feet 11 minutes
Pints 2001-3000 feet 12 minutes


Revised by Suzanne Driessen 2016

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