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Delicious Melon Jam (4-Ingredients)

Made with fresh ripe melon and carefully cooked down with sugar, lemon and vanilla extract, this melon jam is the perfect accompaniment to breakfast toasts, scones, or tea.

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If you are a fan of fruity spreads, then this melon jam is a treat you should definitely try. This delicious homemade jam is made with fresh and juicy melons, making it the perfect companion for toast, scone, or tea. The vibrant color, aromatic flavor, and smooth texture make it an irresistible addition to any pantry.

photo of melon jam in a jar taken from top

๐Ÿˆ What You Will Need

You will require just four ingredients to make this delightful jam.

Melon

Lemon

Sugar

Vanilla Extract

ingredients for melon jam

๐Ÿ” How to Choose the Perfect Melon for Jam

When it comes to making melon jam, remember that the quality of the melon will directly impact the taste of your jam, so take your time in selecting the best ones for your recipe. Here are some tips to choose the perfect melon for the jam. 

  1. Look for Ripe Melons Opt for melons that are fully ripe but not overripe. The ripeness of melon is often indicated by its color, aroma, and texture. It should be a bit soft or mushy when pressed gently. Avoid melons that are overly firm or have soft spots, as they may not have developed the right flavor or texture for jam.
  2. Check the Aroma If the melon has a fragrant smell when you give a gentle sniff, that means it’s sweet, ripe, and suitable for making jam.
  3. Consider the Weight A ripe melon should feel heavy for its size. This indicates that it has a high water content, which is desirable for making juicy and flavorful jams.
  4. Experiment with Different Varieties Don’t limit yourself to just one type of melon. Different varieties, such as cantaloupes and honeydews can add unique flavors to your jam. 

๐Ÿ”ช How to Make the Melon Jam

  1. Once you have chosen the perfect melon, it’s time to dive into the melon jam recipe!  Start by washing the melon thoroughly to remove any dirt or impurities. Cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, and remove the rind. Dice the melon into small, even pieces. 
  2. Then combine the diced melon with sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Mix everything well and let macerate for about 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
melon and other ingredients mixed in a bowl for macerate
melon and other ingredients mixed in a bowl after macerate

3. The next day,  pour the melon and all its juices into a large deep pot or saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook on medium-high heat for about 30 minutes or until it thickens and reaches the desired consistency. During this time, check and stir often to make sure it’s not sticking or burning. If you prefer a smooth rather than a chunky jam, you can mash the mixture or blend with an immersion blender or a masher while cooking. 

melon and other ingredients mixture cooking in a saucepan
melon and other ingredients blended mixture cooking in a saucepan

4. To check if the jam is ready, place a small amount on a chilled plate and allow it to cool. If it sets and wrinkles when pushed with your finger, it’s done. Once the jam reaches the desired consistency, remove the pot from the heat and let it cool slightly.

5. Pour the jam into clean, sterilized jars, leaving a small headspace at the top. Seal the jars tightly and refrigerate. Once opened, use the jam within a couple of weeks.

photo of melon jam in a jar
melon jam in a spoon

๐Ÿ’ก Variations for Melon Jam

While the basic recipe is delightful on its own, you can experiment with various additions and flavor combinations to create unique twists. Consider incorporating spices like cinnamon, ginger, or a pinch of nutmeg, adding a splash of more citrusy flavor such as orange juice, or even blending different melon varieties. 

๐Ÿฅซ Storing and Preserving Suggestions

Proper storage and preservation techniques ensure that your melon jam stays fresh and flavorful for months to come. Follow the process in this video to learn how to sterilize jars. Sealed jars can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to a year. Once opened, store the jam in the refrigerator and consume it within a few weeks for the best quality and taste.

๐Ÿž Serving Suggestions and Pairings with Melon Jam

Melon jam is incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in various ways. Spread it on warm toast, scones, muffins, or croissants for a delightful breakfast treat. Use it as a topping for pancakes or waffles, or swirl it into yogurt or oatmeal for a burst of fruity flavor. Let your taste buds guide you, and explore the endless possibilities of pairing melon jam with your favorite foods.

melon jam spread on a scone

โ” Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use unripe melons to make melon jam?

While it’s preferable to use fully ripe melons for the best flavor, you can use slightly unripe melons. However, keep in mind that the resulting jam may be less sweet and flavorful.

Can I reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe?

Yes, you can reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe according to your taste preferences or can even use sugar alternatives like honey or maple syrup. However, keep in mind that sugar acts as a preservative, so reducing it significantly may affect the shelf life of the jam, and sugar alternatives may affect the texture of the jam as well.

How long does melon jam typically last? 

When properly sealed and stored in a cool, dark place, melon jam can last up to a year. Once opened, it should be consumed within a couple of weeks if stored in the refrigerator.

Can I freeze melon jam?

Yes, you can freeze melon jam for long-term storage. Ensure you use freezer-safe containers and leave some headspace to allow for expansion during freezing. Thaw the jam before consuming.

Can I use this jam as a filling for pastries?

Melon jam can be a delicious filling for pastries, cakes, or cookies. Its fruity flavor adds a unique twist to baked goods.

Can I substitute lemon juice with lime juice in the recipe?

Yes, you can substitute lemon juice with lime juice or even orange juice if you prefer a slightly different citrus flavor. The acidity of lime juice will help balance the sweetness of the jam.

Can I add nuts or seeds to melon jam for added texture? 

Adding chopped nuts or seeds like almonds, walnuts, or chia seeds can provide crunch and added texture to your melon jam.

What are some common helpful tips for making melon jam?

If your melon jam turns out too runny, you can try cooking it for a bit longer to evaporate excess moisture. If it sets too firmly, you can add a little water, lemon juice, or orange juice to achieve the desired consistency. Also, make sure to follow proper canning procedures to ensure a good seal and prevent spoilage.

Melon jam is a yummy homemade treat that captures the essence of ripe melons in a jar. With its fresh flavors, vibrant colors, and endless pairing possibilities, it’s a must-try for any jam enthusiast. 

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๐Ÿ“– Recipe

photo of melon jam in a jar taken from top

Melon Jam

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 40 minutes

Melon jam is a delicious spread made from ripe melons and cooked down with sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Its smooth and luscious texture is complemented by a delicate balance of sweetness and tanginess, making it a delightful spread for breakfast or a versatile ingredient in desserts and baked goods.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg melon (used Cantaloupe)
  • โ…” cups sugar
  • ยฝ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Wash the melon thoroughly to remove any dirt or impurities. Cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, and remove the rind. Dice the melon into small, even pieces. 
  2. Then combine the diced melon with sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Mix everything well and let macerate for about 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. 
  3. The next day, pour the melon and all its juices into a large deep pot or saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook on medium-high heat for about 30 minutes or until it thickens and reaches the desired consistency. During this time, check and stir often to make sure it's not sticking or burning. If you prefer a smooth rather than a chunky jam, you can mash the mixture or blend with an immersion blender or a masher while cooking. 
  4. To check if the jam is ready, place a small amount on a chilled plate and allow it to cool. If it sets and wrinkles when pushed with your finger, it's done. Once the jam reaches the desired consistency, remove the pot from the heat and let it cool slightly.
  5. Pour the jam into clean, sterilized jars, leaving a small headspace at the top. Seal the jars tightly and refrigerate. Once opened, use the jam within a couple of weeks.

Notes

Recipe based off of this wonderful Melon Jam from FOOD52.

Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 54Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 10mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 1g

The nutrition info calculated is just a rough estimate and is provided as a courtesy. Bear in mind that value will vary based on variables like a specific brand or type of product used. To obtain the most accurate representation, it is highly recommended that you calculate it on your own with the actual amount and type of ingredient used.

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