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How to make Instant Pot Mixed Fruit Jam (No Pectin or Preservatives)

Instant Pot (IP as it’s known in the community) has indeed made our lives so easy. Yes, life is easier with ANY kitchen appliance, but with an IP I often find that its USP – handsfree and mess free (and in turn, lesser bowls to clean , yay!) is a life saver.  Click here for more quick recipes with Instant Pot

Growing up, I was a huge fan of Kissan Mixed Fruit Jam, although the Papaya Ginger Lime Relish (spread) is often made at home. Tomato Jam is another favourite that my aunt used to make that we loved to slather on bakery fresh bread for a quick snack!

But the tastebuds have now evolved, and although I don’t indulge in bread-butter-jam (often!) like my childhood, I love to try out a jam or two when fruits are in season. 

An ultra delicious Mixed Fruit Jam made in Instant Pot - No Pectin, added colours or preservatives!Pin

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Tomato Thokku | Thakkali Thokku
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The Instant Pot mixed fruit jam comes handy with 

  • a variety of fruits added in
  • No pectin needed
  • Can control how much sugar goes in
  • Is fresh and preservative free
  • Is Homemade AND delicious too!    

I love it coz I can make small batches, and this mixed fruit jam in particular caught my eye. 

An ultra delicious Mixed Fruit Jam made in Instant Pot - No Pectin, added colours or preservatives!Pin

Some FAQs to make AND preserve Jams (or perhaps any condiment)

  1. Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature (if using frozen fruits, it will take longer to come to pressure, but cook time stays almost the same)
  2. Make sure all fruits are washed and cleaned without any moisuture. Pl ensure they are chopped to equal sized bits, I find that when I mince them, they start leaving water which makes the jam unsavoury
  3. I used beets for a pop of colour as cherries are hard to come by and I needed a spot of colour for my jam, If you have organic /frozen cherries to give a bit of colour, please use them
  4. Use vanilla extract if you don’t prefer the whole spices and cinnamon/nutmeg powder. On our part especially, we loved the Fall flavours in this Jam 🙂
  5. Sterilise the jam / relish container well in advance 
  6. I have made about 150 gram of this mixed fruit jam. Increase the proportion of sugar / sweetener as desired 
  7. I haven’t tried this jam with jaggery or honey or any other sweetener. If you do, please leave a line in the comments below.
  8. Keep a sterile spoon to mix. Also while the jam is getting ready or even before starting to make the jam, keep a steel / glass plate in the freezer ready to test for jam “done ness” (see steps below) 
An ultra delicious Mixed Fruit Jam made in Instant Pot - No Pectin, added colours or preservatives!Pin

Prep time – 10 mins , cook time – 15 mins  Resting time – 15 mins  ; Sauté time – 15 mins

Course – Condiments, Cuisine – American / International;

Shelf life – 10 to 15 days under refrigeration

What you need to make Instant Pot Mixed Fruit Jam

  • 1 cup apples (any cooking apple, peeled , cored and cubed)
  • 1 cup papaya (check for any bitterness, peeled and cubed)
  • 1/2 cup beetroot (washed, peeled and cubed)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (feel free to increase or decrease as per your preference)
  • 1 inch cinnamon 
  • 2 cloves 
  • 1 bayleaf 
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder 
  • 1/4 tsp dry ginger powder 
  • 3 tsp lemon juice 

This Jam was part of the Shhh Secret Cooking Challenge. Relish, Jams and Pickles was suggested by Preethi Tandon, who has dished out a fabulous Onion Jam that I can’t wait to try. My partner Sasmita has made a delish Coffee Jelly using coffee and brown sugar as SI. I made this Mixed fruit Jam using Nutmeg and Cloves as SI.

PIN FOR LATER

An ultra delicious Mixed Fruit Jam made in Instant Pot - No Pectin, added colours or preservatives!Pin

How to make Instant Pot Mixed Fruit Jam

  1. Set INSTANT POT to sauté.
  2. Add in the hot pot, apples, papaya and beet. 
  3. Then add the spice powders , clove, bay leaf , cinnamon 
  4. Top with sugar 
  5. Finish with lemon juice 
  6. Do not mix , except to stir once 
  7. Cancel SAUTÉ 
  8. set PRESSURE to HIGH, 15 mins 
  9. NPR 15 mins 
  10. let the instant pot cool on its own.
  11. Now remove the lid and let it stew a bit more .
  12. Remove the bay leaf. 
  13. Using a stick blender and purée the jam mixture 
  14. Set to SAUTÉ LOW and let the jam simmer for 8-9 mins or till a spoon cuts the jam clean (see video for more) 
  15. Alternatively spoon a bit of a jam on a cold plate and ensure it is not runny, but “set” – this is a sure shot test for jam consistency. 
  16. Once cool, set in sterile bottles 
  17. Use a dry spoon to serve
  18. Keeps for up to 10-15 days under refrigeration
  19. Serve with toasted bread , paratha or chapati .
An ultra delicious Mixed Fruit Jam made in Instant Pot - No Pectin, added colours or preservatives!Pin

How to make Instant Pot Mixed Fruit Jam (No Pectin or Preservatives)

Kalyani
An ultra delicious Mixed Fruit Jam made in Instant Pot – No Pectin, added colours or preservatives!
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Condiment, Jams
Cuisine American, International
Servings 150 grams
Calories 3 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Stick Blender
  • Ladle

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Apples any cooking apple, peeled , cored and cubed
  • 1 cup Papaya check for any bitterness, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup Beetroot washed, peeled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup sugar feel free to increase or decrease as per your preference, Use Brown sugar or cane sugar if needed
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder
  • 1/4 tsp Dry ginger powder
  • 3 tsp Lemon Juice

Instructions
 

  • Set INSTANT POT to sauté.
  • Add in the hot pot, apples, papaya and beet.
  • Then add the spice powders , clove, bay leaf , cinnamon
  • Top with sugar
  • Finish with lemon juice
  • Do not mix , except to stir once
  • Cancel SAUTÉ
  • set PRESSURE to HIGH, 15 mins
  • NPR 15 mins
  • let the instant pot cool on its own.
  • Now remove the lid and let it stew a bit more .
  • Remove the bay leaf.
  • Using a stick blender and purée the jam mixture
  • Set to SAUTÉ LOW and let the jam simmer for 8-9 mins or till a spoon cuts the jam clean (see video for more)
  • Alternatively spoon a bit of a jam on a cold plate and ensure it is not runny, but “set” – this is a sure shot test for jam consistency.
  • Once cool, set in sterile bottles
  • Use a dry spoon to serve
  • Keeps for up to 10-15 days under refrigeration
  • Serve with toasted bread , paratha or chapati .

Video

Notes

Tips and Tricks to make AND preserve Jams!
  1. Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature (if using frozen fruits, it will take longer to come to pressure, but cook time stays almost the same)
  2. Make sure all fruits are washed and cleaned without any moisuture. Pl ensure they are chopped to equal sized bits, I find that when I mince them, they start leaving water which makes the jam unsavoury
  3. Use vanilla extract if you don’t prefer the whole spices and cinnamon/nutmeg powder. On our part especially, we loved the Fall flavours in this Jam 🙂
  4. I used beets for a pop of colour as cherries are hard to come by and I needed a spot of colour for my jam, If you have organic /frozen cherries to give a bit of colour, please use them
  5. Sterilise the jam / relish container well in advance 
  6. I have made about 100 gram of this mixed fruit jam. Increase the proportion of sugar / sweetener as desired 
  7. I haven’t tried this jam with jaggery or honey or any other sweetener. If you do, please leave a line in the comments below.
  8. Keep a sterile spoon to mix. Also while the jam is getting ready or even before starting to make the jam, keep a steel / glass plate in the freezer ready to test for jam “done ness” (see detailed steps in the recipe card or the video too!) 

Nutrition

Calories: 3kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.01gFat: 0.01gSaturated Fat: 0.002gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.001gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.001gSodium: 0.5mgPotassium: 4mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 0.4mgIron: 0.01mg
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26 Comments

  1. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    Nissan Mixed Fruit Jam was my favourite too when I was at the boarding school. So sweet and delicious back then. Not sure I would like to indulge in it now. Especially now that I have come across your homemade mixed fruit jam. A versatile recipe where one can any mixture of fruits.

  2. 5 stars
    Mentioning about childhood, you reminded me off bread jam which occasionally I used to get as a treat :-). Love this mix fruit jam, perfectly done and the colour has turned out so well. I am coming over.

  3. 5 stars
    This is fabulous recipe. I will make a batch tomorrow, we are almost out of jams at home and the next batch is yours. this will be my first try of the instant pot method too.

  4. 5 stars
    Mixed fruit jam is a childhood emotion and such a sugary delight it used to be . I loved how you have made the same mixed fruit jam in a healthy version and also avoided the use of preservatives . It will surely be a guilt free indulgence.

  5. 5 stars
    I loved Kissan mixed fruit jam too. Home made jam without the preservatives is always the best. Loved the detailed write up with all the tips and tricks .

  6. 5 stars
    Completely love this recipe for mixed fruit jam! ???? The addition of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and dry ginger powder must have made it so very flavourful.

  7. 5 stars
    Kissan Jam and bread was staple as kids. The quick fix snack that smoothened quite a few upsets. Love the ease with which you have made the Jam. Simple and easy in the IP. The tips are tricks are great for all newbies and pros too.

  8. 5 stars
    I love bread and jam! I am yet to try using Instant Pot for making jam. This recipe sounds easy and am convinced to try it. I also like the addition of beetroot. Great flavor profile.

  9. Jayashree T.Rao

    5 stars
    We often had bread toast, butter and jam as we relished smearing them. This jam looks delicious, liked the addition of beet to give that bright colour.

  10. Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth

    5 stars
    Give me bread and jam even now, I will happily devor it. It is like a favorite meal for me. Love how thick and grainy that jam looks, just like a home feels…

  11. Preeti Shridhar

    5 stars
    Mixed Fruit jam rustled up nostalgia. Your homemade jam will brighten up any breakfast table. It’s an ideal condiment to have in the fridge.

  12. 5 stars
    I still love mixed fruit jam with crisp toast. Homemade is always best. Your jam looks lipsmackingly delicious. Loved the easy to cook recipe. Bookmarking the recipe to try sometime.

  13. Sasmita Sahoo

    5 stars
    Instant Pot Mixed Fruit Jam looks delicious…. addition of beet is awesome

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