Old-Fashioned Gooseberry Jam Recipe

Tracy R. | Sugarcrafter Updated

Old-Fashioned Gooseberry Jam is just like what Grandma used to make. Those tart and sweet berries are so delicious, you'll want to...

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The summer preserving season is in full swing here in Upstate NY, and a lot has been going on in my kitchen. Strawberries and cherries have come and gone, and on deck now are blueberries, apricots, raspberries, and currants, as well as a "new to me" fruit – gooseberries.

While picking red raspberries at one of my favorite fruit farms a couple weeks ago, I noticed that they also had rows of green and pink gooseberries nearby that were ready for picking as well.

I’ve never eaten or made anything with gooseberries before, so out of curiosity, I picked a little over a pound of pink gooseberries just to see what I could do with them.

It was fortuitous timing that I had recently received a couple of new canning books, so I decided to peruse them to see what I could find. There wasn’t much for gooseberries, but what I did find was simple and straightforward: gooseberry jam can be made with fruit, sugar, and nothing else.

Since gooseberries are high in natural pectin, there is no need to add any additional pectin to get the jam to set. I was excited about this fact both because I was out of commercial pectin, but also because from a flavor perspective, I’ve been wanting to get away from using commercial pectin in my preserves. I added a splash of lemon juice to brighten up the flavor of this jam, but you can leave it out, or add a different flavor you enjoy such as fresh ginger or elderflower liquor.

However you make it, I hope you'll enjoy this simple, small-batch jam as much as I did. I’m looking forward to serving it at brunch with my favorite vanilla bean scones. I hope you are having a wonderful summer and a bountiful preserving season!

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Old-Fashioned Gooseberry Jam Recipe

    48 Servings


  • 1 1/8 pounds Gooseberries
  • 4 ounces Water
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 3/8 pounds Granulated Sugar


  1. Remove the tops and tails of the gooseberries and add them to a large sauce pan with the water and lemon juice. Bring to a gentle boil and continue boiling until the gooseberries break down.
  2. Prepare your canning supplies. Bring the temperature of the glass jars up by processing them in hot water for several minutes, and heat a few cups of water in a small saucepan for the lids.
  3. Add the sugar to the gooseberries and stir until dissolved. Bring the jam to a rapid boil and boil hard until the gel stage is reached.
  4. Skim off any foam and ladle the hot jam into the hot jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace.
  5. Place the lids and bands on top, screwing on the bands just until fingertip-tight. Place the full jars back into the boiling water and process 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from the water and place the jars on a towel. Let the jars cool. The seals should suck down (you should hear a popping noise as they do). Makes 3-4 eight-ounce jars.


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3 half pint jars
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Author: Tracy R.
Recipe Yields: 3 half pint jars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tablespoon
Servings Per Recipe 48

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 1
Calories 54

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 14g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 13g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Tracy R.

About Tracy

Tracy fell in love with locavorism, and built a business out of Canning & Preserving. She shares all sorts of recipes on Sugarcrafter, and her passion for canning here, but we love her rhubarb jam most of all.