Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Wild Raspberry Jam Recipe by Chef Rikki Folger

Embarking on a culinary journey often leads us to unexpected delights, and for those who relish the thrill of foraging in the backcountry, wild raspberries are a treasure worth savoring. Join us in exploring the art of creating a luscious Wild Raspberry Jam, a delightful blend of sweetness and tartness that captures the essence of summer. With an easy-to-follow recipe, this culinary escapade promises not only a delectable treat but also a journey into the heart of nature’s flavors.

Recipe Overview:

  • Recipe Name: Wild Raspberry Jam
  • Serving Size: 8-12 servings
  • Time to Make: 1 hour
  • Special Equipment: None required
  • Also Works With: Any berry, wild or store-bought

In the tranquil landscapes of the backcountry, wild raspberries emerge as my favorite summer indulgence. These berries, sweet and slightly tart, serve as a refreshing source of nutrients on warm summer days. Nestled in the Colorado high country, the peak of the berry season between late August and early September inspires me to craft a jam that encapsulates the very essence of summer. The beauty of this recipe lies in its adaptability—suitable for any berry and adjustable sugar levels to cater to individual tastes.

The Jamming Process: Ingredients:

  • 3 cups wild raspberries
  • 1 tbsp white distilled vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp kosher salt


  1. Preparation Ritual: Begin by placing the raspberries in a bowl with water and vinegar, allowing them to soak for a tantalizing 20 minutes.
  2. Nature’s Cleanse: Rinse the berries thoroughly, ensuring the removal of any debris. Nature’s bounty can sometimes bring along a few surprises, so drying the berries well is key.
  3. Sweet Symphony: Combine the rinsed berries with sugar in a bowl, creating a sweet symphony of flavors. Let this mixture rest for 30 minutes, allowing the magic to unfold.
  4. Cooking Alchemy: Heat a Dutch Oven on the stove over medium heat, adding the berry-sugar concoction. Allow it to dance and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until it reaches the desired jam-like consistency.
  5. Balancing Act: Introduce lemon juice and kosher salt, stirring well to achieve a harmonious balance of flavors.
  6. Cooling Respite: Remove the jam from heat, granting it a cooling respite before unveiling its delightful essence.
  7. Serving or Saving: Once cool, indulge immediately or opt for a more patient approach by storing it in the fridge for up to two weeks. I suggest that for those with preservation prowess, canning this gem is an enticing option.

Culinary Creativity Unleashed: While this Wild Raspberry Jam is divine on its own, it unlocks a world of culinary creativity. Pair it with toast, smear it over peanut butter, or elevate your cookie experience. For those seeking a savory adventure, the jam complements prosciutto, ricotta, thyme, and black pepper, creating a symphony of flavors that will undoubtedly leave you saying, “Yum!”

In conclusion, this Wild Raspberry Jam recipe is not merely a culinary endeavor; it’s a celebration of nature’s gifts and the joy found in preserving the fleeting flavors of summer. So, gather your berries, embark on this flavorful journey, and let the magic of homemade jam unfold in your kitchen.

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