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Cucumber Mint Jam

Cucumbers can be a very abundant garden harvest. We eat them fresh by the bushel and can up dozens of quart jars of pickles and yet there are still so very many. Cucumber mint jam is a fun, tasty, and unusual way to use a few up.

A Quick-Cook Jam

Use pectin in this recipe instead of cooking until gel point is reached. A long cooking to reach gel stage is going to cook the cucumbers to death and likely leave a watery final product. Keep it quick with the addition of commercial pectin.

Sugar & Vinegar

Cucumbers are a low-acid vegetable. The addition of sugar and vinegar is key to raise the acidity level for canning. As much as I prefer a low-sugar jam, this is not the place for it.

The vinegar helps with acidity and mellows out the sweetness giving the final jam a great sweet and savory combination.

Pickling Versus Slicing Cucumbers

Pickling cucumbers tend to have less water than the slicing/salad types. It is for this drier texture that I choose to go with pickling cucumbers in this jam. One could try using slicing cucumbers but the additional water might make the final product a little less firm than a traditional jam.

Jars of cucumber mint jam on a table with whole cucumbers and fresh mint.

How to Use Cucumber Mint Jam

This isn’t a jam, that a person is likely to slather on a peanut butter sandwich.  It is a jam, however;  that would:

make an excellent sandwich with some goat cheese and / or turkey

go wonderfully with some cheese and crackers

be delightful mixed in with some plain yogurt for a sweet / savory and filling lunch or snack

mix up well in this vinaigrette recipe (just swap out the strawberry jam for the cucumber mint)

Before all those summer cucumbers fade away consider whipping up some jam with this easy and quick recipe.

Yield: 6 Half Pints

Cucumber Mint Jam

Jars of cucumber mint jam on a table with whole cucumbers and fresh mint.

Make the most of an abundant cucumber harvest with this deliciously unusual and oh-so-easy- cucumber mint jam recipe with canning instructions included.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Canning Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Chopped Cucumber, peeled & seeded
  • ½ Cup Lemon Juice
  • ½ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Box (1.75 oz) of Powdered Pectin
  • 3 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Mint

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, combine cucumbers, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and pectin. Bring to boil, mashing slightly with a spoon. Keep at a rolling boil for 1 minute.
  2. Add the sugar, all at once and bring to a boil again. Boil for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from heat, skim off foam. Stir in mint.
  4. Pour into jars, leaving 1/4" headspace. Process for 10 minutes (adjusting for elevation) in a boiling water bath.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

96

Serving Size:

1 Tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

We try our best but cannot guarantee that nutrition information is 100% accurate.

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Jack

Sunday 14th of April 2024

I'm definitely making this when the cukes come in. I love it for being different from the usual pickled/fermented cucumber recipe. So different.

Lori

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

What a different option from making more pickles! I made this with some extra Persian cucumbers from my garden. I also had both spearmint and peppermint, so I opted to use both. I decided also that a jalapeño would go well with this recipe. I was so pleasantly surprised. It is really good. I will make this again for sure.

Kathie Lapcevic

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

What a delicious combination!

Amy

Saturday 2nd of December 2023

I came across your recipe this summer with an abundance of cucumbers from the garden. We love it, especially poured on top of cream cheese and served with Wheat Thin crackers (though I can eat it with a spoon too). The first time I made it, it was too liquidy after canning. I let it set for 2 weeks hoping it would gel. I realized that I shouldn’t have doubled it together and figured that was the problem. It did not set so I rebatched it with added sugar and pectin. Perfect! I peeled and seeded a ton of cucumbers and froze them to make more later. I made a new batch yesterday for Christmas gifts. I didn’t double and it still turned out too liquidy. So I’ll rebatch and probably just go ahead and add more sugar and pectin to the recipe in the future so that hopefully this won’t happen again. Thank you so much! We love it!

Maliegal

Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

I know this is an old post but….. I substituted the pectin for chia seeds and it’s a hit with everyone I gifted it to. This could also help with the thickening issue some people are having.

Bettie

Friday 22nd of September 2023

This is delicious. Shared with the ladies crochet group at the library using crackers and cream cheese with jam on top. They Loved it. I like it on peanut butter sandwich too. I know it would be fantastic with a meat dish but we don't cook as much any more. Making more today. Thinking Christmas presents. Thank you so much.

Kathie Lapcevic

Saturday 23rd of September 2023

Oh, I'm so tickled to hear it. Thank you for letting me know.

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