To bring our jam series to end, I thought I’d share how blueberry jam is made!
If at all possible, try to use fresh farm berries-the flavor cannot be beat!
Going berry picking can make for a cheap family activity that will give your kids great memories. They’ll fill up snacking while doing it too. Atleast mine did!
Blueberry Jam Recipe
5 pints of farm fresh blueberries, to equal 6 1/2C of crushed berries
4 1/2C white sugar
1 box of pectin (I choose the pink box!)
New canning lids if you are reusing your jars
1. Rinse your berries and take off the stems that you may have.
2. Clean and sterilize your jars and lids. Keep your lids in the hot water until they’re needed.
3. Next, you want to crush your blueberries to your desired consistency. I use my Ninja for this step and it crushed mine too much, the directions say not to puree so I recommend you do this by hand if you want chunks!
4. Mix 1/4C sugar and the pectin together in a small bowl. Add to blueberries.
5. Add water.
6. Bring to a rolling boil. Which is when it keeps bubbling while being stirred. During this step I am removing the foam as I stir. You can choose to wait until after you add the rest of the sugar.
6. Add the remainder of the sugar and bring the mixture back up to a rolling boil and boil for exactly 1 minute. Stirring consistently.
7. Remove from heat and skim off the foam.
8. Ladle quickly into your prepared jars. Leaving about 1/8in at the top. Wipe your rims clean and cover with your two-piece lids.
9. To ensure your jam sets properly-Place jars in a large pot of boiling water – make sure the water covers the top by 1-2inches- and boil for 10 minutes.
10. Remove jars without tilting them and place them upright on a towel for 24 hours. No need to worry about the water on top of the jar. *If you hear popping sounds coming from the jars that means you did something right! Yay!!*
11. Check your seals after 24 hours. If any pop back, refrigeration is necessary.
Enjoy your homemade jam all year round! We can’t wait to have it in our homemade yogurt!
See how easy that was!? I couldn’t believe how fast I whipped this up! So if you’re nervous to branch out in your jam making, don’t be! If I can do it, you can do it!
Your turn! What jams did you make this berry season? What’s your favorite way to enjoy them? I’d love to hear about it!
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