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Red Currant Jam: Small Batch With 2 Ingredients

Close up on a jar of red currant with fresh fruits aroudn
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Effortless 2-ingredient Red Currant Jam means you have basically no excuse to make this small batch recipe. If you have a red currant bush in your garden at home or bought a nice little amount and wish to make some jam out of it, it is simple. 

July calls for this cute berries with vibrant colours. This recipe yields for 2 jars as I used a whole harvest to make it. However, feel free to double up the recipe.

Honestly the longest might have been picking them, which honestly is still fun actually. You just need some patience or little hands to help you. But being this easy to make red currant jam is well worth it. 

Little hands holding rectangular white container filled with red currants

How To Make Red Currant Jam?

The answer is: with only 2 ingredients! Sugar and currants. This might be your winning combo for your effortless red currant jam!

It will be a small batch, just the perfect amount to a bunch of nice toast on weekends, the perfect treat! 

Fruit picking: I made it a family affair and got the kids to help. After all, they actually are the one consuming most of the jam in the house.
In Spring, they got so excited seeing the bush get his first leaves and see the red currants going from white to bright red. Since their young age, I get them involve in small gardening activities such as the one with did for Food Revolution day. But it is also my French influence, I talked about it here and explain how important it is to have your kids involved.

Clean them: Next, wash them and remove any small branches and leaves.

Blue colander filled with red currant with water spraying

Cooking: In a large pot, pour your red currants and the granulated sugar. Stir well to coat all the fruits with the sugar.

Storing in jars: I like that it is a small batch because it skips the steps of sterilizing. Just 2 jars that can be stored in the fridge. You know, it makes your life easier!

If you have some smaller jars, it could also make a perfect hostess gift. We are or should I say the kids are great jam eaters, they love to spread some goodness, specially if it’s homemade on their toast. The 2-ingredient Red Currant Jam is no exception!

Recipes With Red Currants

Besides this jam or jelly like some call it, you can use your red currants in sweet and savoury recipes.

Consider making this almond and red currant mini pies recipe! The tartness of the fruits with the sweetness of the almond is just an explosion for your taste buds!

Also, I listed 6 amazing red currant recipes on a post where you can find a yogurt cake, a tort, a chicken recipe or even a delicious mohito and all using these delicious berries.

View from above of red currant jam with white dish towel and wood background
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Red Currant Jam

Winning combo for your effortless 2-ingredient red currant jam! Sugar and this sour fruits make the perfect spread with these sour fruits!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, French, Mediterranean
Keyword: easy, fruit, red currants, spread, summer
Servings: 400 ml
Author: Mélanie


  • 500 g red currants
  • 250 g granulated sugar


  • Remove any leaf or mini branches from the red currants, wash them well.
  • Pour the red currants in a pot, add in the sugar.
  • Mix the sugar so all the fruits are coated.
  • Cook on low heat and stir often for about an hour. You will know it is cooked when you take some with a wooden spoon and it is dripping down. Drop by drop. It should NOT do a continuing drip.
  • Allow to cool down a little and pour it in glass container. Keep refrigerated.


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