Blueberry Preserves

This recipe for Blueberry Preserves is a simple way to make jam at home that only requires three ingredients. Use Blueberry Preserves in cookies, cakes fillings, or spread on top of toast!

Try this Blueberry Preserves recipe in my Blueberry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies or slathered on top of butter on my Homemade Sesame Bagels.

blueberry preserves in a jar

What are preserves?

Preserves are a fruit spread that is made with cane sugar as the sweetener. Preserves are also known to have larger pieces of fruit in them, as opposed to jam or jelly. I like to think of this as preserves are “preserving” the fruit, haha, and keeping it more whole. Preserves can be used on top of toast, cheese, or in other recipes as well like pop tarts or cakes!

What is the difference between jelly, jam, and preserves?

Not a whole lot to be honest, but it's mostly the texture and the type of fruit that is used to make them. While jelly is made using fruit juice, it has the smoothest consistency. Jam has some small bits of fruit in it and preserves can have larger chunks of fruit. I usually prefer to make preserves because I like the chunks of fruit, especially if I'm using in another recipe. But, all three are a great healthy topping for toast in place of butter. Or, for me it just makes me use less butter haha.

Secretly, I made this recipe for Blueberry Preserves because I am going to be using this to make Blueberry Ginger Thumbprints. Other uses for Blueberry Preserves would be to top bagels, toast, pancakes, waffles, scones. And this also makes an amazing gift as well.

blueberry preserves spoon in a jar
blueberry preserves on toast

Tips for Making Blueberry Preserves

• You can use fresh or frozen blueberries for preserves. Whatever you have on hand is fine!

• Once the blueberries start to bubble, you can squish them with your spatula to break them up easier.

• If you want smaller fruit pieces, you can cut up the blueberries beforehand and you'll end up with a smoother consistency.

Why organic?

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

blueberry preserves on toast

Blueberry Preserves

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy



This simple blueberry preserve recipe can be used for topping toast, waffles, pancakes, or filling cookies and cakes.


  • 8 ounces organic blueberries

  • 57 grams (1/4 cup) organic cane sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon organic lemon juice


  • Add blueberries, cane sugar, and lemon juice to a medium pot. Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Turn the heat to high and boil for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn the heat back down to medium/low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the consistency is thick. Transfer to a glass jar and let cool to room temperature.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


  • High Altitude – Follow recipe as noted.

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