3-Ingredient Blueberry Preserve

I recently bought a jar of Organic Reduced Sugar Blueberry Preserves from Trader Joe's.

My husband loves jam/jelly/preserves, especially on a piece of Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free bread. 

After tasting the preserve, I thought yes, yummy indeed and I can totally make this --  both thoughts occurring at the same time. 

While the ingredients to the Trader Joe's preserve are OK -- blueberries, organic sugar, water, pectin, calcium chloride and citric acid -- I'm a DIY'er and would rather know how to make it than always buy it. 

The best part: there are THREE ingredients. Blueberries. Lemon. Honey. That's IT!

The key to making this recipe is:

  • keep stirring during the 15 minutes it's on the stove, so as to not let it burn
  • know when to remove it from the stove (the sauce will become thick), so as to not let it burn
  • try not to lick all the spoons. Just kidding. Lick up. 

Store in an airtight container

Note: this makes a small batch -- double up if you have lots of mouths to feed!

Another note: I learned the difference between a jam vs. jelly vs. preserve! 


3-ingredient Blueberry PRESERVE

Recipe type: Sauce, Sweets

Cuisine: Gluten-free, Paleo

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Makes 4 servings

1 serving: 40 calories // 10 C // 0 F // 0 P


  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp. honey

1. Over medium-high heat, place blueberries, lemon juice, lemon zest and honey in a small saucepan or Dutch oven

2. After 3-4 minutes, the blueberries will begin to release their liquid. Bring to a gentle boil. Using a wooden spoon or potato masher, gently press and mash the blueberries. 

3. Turn down the heat to medium, and allow to gently simmer for 5-7 minutes. Continue to stir the blueberries during this time.

4. Turn down the heat to medium-low. The liquid should begin to thicken.  Allow to simmer and continue stirring for another 5-7 minutes until a jam-like consistency is formed. 

5. Turn off heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Transfer to a glass jar and store in the fridge.