Raspberry-Habanero Jam

Raspberry-Habanero Jam on cracker with cheeseRaspberry-Habanero Jam is a low-sugar cooked jam made with Pomona’s Pectin. Pomona’s Pectin contains no sugar or preservatives and jells reliably with low amounts of any sweetener. See below for where to buy. This recipe was created by Allison Carroll Duffy for Pomona’s Pectin.

Allison says: This jam is great at breakfast on toast if you’re looking for a little kick-start to your day. It’s also really delicious paired with a sharp cheddar, on crackers, or with a crusty baguette. I have to say, though, that my most favorite way to enjoy this jam is on top of vanilla ice cream. The hot and spicy, tangy sweetness of the jam complements the cool creaminess of ice cream beautifully.

For more information about safe water bath canning with peppers (a low-acid food), read Allison’s complete blog post for this recipe here.

Yield: 4 to 5 cups

Before You Begin:
Prepare calcium water. To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well. Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.

Raspberry-Habanero Jam Ingredients

2¼ pounds raspberries (about two level quarts)
4 Tablespoons seeded, finely-diced yellow bell pepper
4 Tablespoons seeded, finely-diced habanero pepper
1/3 cup lemon juice
2½ teaspoons calcium water
1½ cups sugar
2½ teaspoons Pomona’s pectin powder

Raspberry-Habanero Jam Directions

1. Wash and rinse jars, lids, and screw bands. Set screw bands aside until ready to use. Place jars in boiling water bath canner with a rack, fill at least 2/3 of the way full with water, and bring to a boil. Boil jars for 10 minutes to sterilize (add 1 additional minute of sterilizing time for every 1000 feet above sea level), then turn down heat and let jars stand in hot water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small pan, bring to a low simmer, and hold there until ready to use.

2. Combine the diced yellow pepper, the diced habanero pepper, and 1 cup of water in a sauce pan. Cover and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and simmer, still covered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. Working over the sink or a large bowl, carefully transfer the pepper mixture into a fine-mesh strainer to drain the water from the peppers. Discard the water and set the cooked peppers aside.

4. Gently pick through fresh raspberries to remove any leaves, stems, or damaged parts. Rinse the berries only if necessary.

5. Place the raspberries in a mixing bowl and mash them lightly. A potato masher works well for this. Add the cooked peppers to the raspberries, and mix to combine.

6. Measure out 4 cups of the raspberry-pepper mixture (If you have extra, simply use it for something else.) Pour the measured amount of the mixture into a large sauce pan. Add lemon juice and calcium water, then stir to combine.

7. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and the pectin powder. Mix well and set aside.

Raspberries in sauce pan on stove8. Bring the raspberry-pepper mixture up to rolling boil over high heat. Add the sugar-pectin mixture, then stir vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes, still over the highest heat, to dissolve pectin. Return jam to a boil, then remove from heat.

9. Remove hot jars from canner and fill jars with jam, leaving ¼ inch of headspace. Remove trapped air bubbles, wipe rims with a damp cloth, and put on lids and screw bands, tightening bands only to “fingertip tight” (until resistance is met, and then just the tiniest bit more).

10. Place jars in the hot water, on the rack inside the canner. (Make sure jars are upright, not touching each other or the sides of the canner, and are covered with at least 1-2 inches of water). Place the lid on the canner, return the canner to a rolling boil, and boil for 10 minutes. (Add 1 minute additional processing time for every 1000 feet above sea level.)

11. Turn off heat and allow canner and jars to sit for 5 minutes. Then remove jars from canner.

12. Allow jars to cool undisturbed for 12 to 24 hours. Then confirm that jars have sealed. Enjoy your preserves! Or store properly for later use.

Recipe and photos by Allison Carroll Duffy

Read Allison’s complete blog post here.

For more inspiring recipe ideas, see Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin: The Revolutionary Low-Sugar, High-Flavor Method for Crafting and Canning Jams, Jellies, Conserves, and More by Allison Carroll Duffy and the Pomona’s Partners, published by Fair Winds Press, June 2013, and available in paper or ebook everywhere books are sold.

Pomona’s Pectin is available at your local natural food store, food co-op, and many farm stands. Find it also at Sur La Table and a growing number of more conventional grocery stores with natural food sections (Wegmans, Hy-Vee, Rosauers, Nugget Markets, Coborns, Fairway, and others). If you can’t find a store near you on our store locator, you can order from our website or many other online sellers.

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8 thoughts on “Raspberry-Habanero Jam

    • That should be just fine Debra, as long as you stick with the listed measurement and not add additional peppers.

      Happy jamming!

    • Hello Cindy,

      You sure can, you will just need to increase the lemon juice to 2/3 cup to ensure that the pH of your jam is safe.

      Happy jamming!

    • Hello Samantha,
      They sure can be, just be sure to use the same measurement once the peppers have become re-hydrated.

      Happy jamming!

  1. Hi,

    Can you substitute canned pineapple (no added sugar) for the raspberries? If so how much?


    • Hello Laura,

      Great question, that does sound delicious! We have never substituted Pineapple for the raspberries in this recipe, but we cannot see why you couldn’t. Canned pineapple would be just fine, as long as they are in their own juices.
      You will need 4 cups of mashed pineapple/peppers for this recipe.

      If you decide to give it a try, we would love to hear how it turns out!

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