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Homedade Chilean Calafate Jam Recipe
Homedade Chilean Calafate Jam Recipe

Calafate jam or preserve is a traditional recipe from Chilean Patagonia, where these fruits naturally grow and are a significant part of the culinary tradition.

How to Make Calafate Jam?

Calafate jam is a natural sweet treat that you can easily prepare at home, adjusting the ingredient proportions as desired.

Nutritional Information

Category: Jams
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 300
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 70 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Homedade Calafate Jam recipe


  • 1 kg of calafate berries
  • 1 liter of cold wate
  • Sugar


  1. Wash the calafate berries thoroughly in cold water, place them in a pot, and cover with water. Heat over high heat, bring to a boil, reduce to medium heat, and simmer for about an hour until they are soft and tender.
  2. Strain the water and reserve the calafate berries in a bowl. Mash them with a potato masher or a fork until you obtain a relatively homogeneous pulp, being careful not to splash and stain.
  3. Filter the calafate pulp into a pot through a fine sieve or a nylon stocking. Optionally, process the remaining solids with an immersion blender and strain again. Taste and add a bit of sugar or sweetener to your liking, as ripe calafate berries can be naturally very sweet.
  4. Add a cup of water to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil again. Keep it over medium heat and stir until you reach the desired consistency. Pour it into sterilized jars and let them cool upside down.
  5. Consume the calafate jam immediately once opened, keep it refrigerated, and enjoy it with homemade bread, desserts, or grilled meats.

The legend of Calafate

Calafate is a typical fruit of Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia, and it is said that those who taste it always return to visit these beautiful regions.

Did you know?

Collecting calafate berries is a traditional family activity, where grandmothers or mothers are experts in preparing this delicious jam to accompany homemade bread.


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