The day my husband asked me to make homemade jam, I was very tired... So I had to figure out how to make the easiest jam ever! In moments like these, I pull out my Instant Pot: the king of easy healthy cooking! The result? A mixed berry jam -- featuring a strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry frozen fruit blend -- that calls for only 5 ingredients, including chia seeds to thicken it without pectin. For a sugar-free option, feel free to sweeten to taste with stevia.
Put berries, sweetener (unless using stevia), lemon juice, and vanilla extract in the insert pot of pressure cooker.
Cover the pot, checking the seal and components to make sure all is well.
If using an electric cooker, set to high pressure for 6 minutes. If using a stove-top cooker, bring to high pressure and maintain for 6 minutes.
When cycle is complete, turn off (if electric cooker) or remove from heat (if stovetop cooker).
Let sit for about 10 minutes, until pressure has completely released naturally.
If berries are not fully cooked, press the "Saute" function if using an electric cooker such as the Instant Pot. If using a stovetop cooker, place on burner over medium heat.
Mash any large chunks of fruit.
If pressure cooker isn't already on "Saute" function (if electric) or over medium heat (if stovetop), do so now. Let saute a few minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow chia seeds to thicken the jam.
Turn off pressure cooker (if electric) or remove from heat (if stovetop).
Transfer jam to quart size jar(s). Refrigerate, or this jam freezes well.