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Making Blueberry Jam

Saturday, July 13, 2013

My parents used to own a pick-your-own blueberry farm in Virginia. I'd go there in the summers to help them out, and while my Mom was the Blueberry Pie Queen (they were the BEST!!), I taught myself how to make Blueberry Jam. While my family no longer owns the farm and I have moved to New Jersey, I continue to make blueberry jam in the summer when Jersey Blues come into season.

First, you need some blueberries!

Some of them were really big ones!

You need to wash your jars, lids, and bands thoroughly, and then boil everything in a hot water bath.

You need to get your sugar, lemon juice, and Sure-Jell or Certo (pectin), and then you start mashing the blueberries.

You measure everything, then bring it all to the first boil.

You add the sugar, then bring it up to a rolling boil.

Then you add the pectin, stirring continuously, for 1 minute. The longest minute EVER. After that, you ladle it into your hot jars, top it with a lid and a band, and you have JAM!!

I got 13 and and a half pints done today!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DAS92687 7/16/2013 6:51AM

    Sweet !! emoticon

AND, you are right!! That TOTALLY IS the loooooongest minute ever !!

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HAWTGRANNY2014 7/15/2013 7:08PM

    looks good..hubby only likes grape and strawberry. I use blueberries in my green smoothies and it sweetens them nicely. Thanks

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CEHALLA 7/15/2013 9:34AM

    The last 2 summers I picked wild blackberries in the greenbelt nearby. I made jam with them! The only downside is the seeds, but its just fiber! Enjoy your jam!

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CAMEOANDLACE 7/14/2013 9:01PM

    Karen this looks great! DH loves blueberries but our local farm wasn't open this year! Those are huge blueberries.


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CHOCOHOLIC2276 7/14/2013 8:56PM

    Thanks for sharing!! I've never had fresh homemade jam and really had a vague idea of how it's made (thanks to another spark friend). Looks delicious and probably makes a great gift!

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 7/14/2013 1:14PM

    emoticon Fresh jam, and you can probably count that minute of stirring as ST! emoticon I make strawberry jam sometimes, and it sure does seem like the longest stirring time ever! Enjoy the jam!

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GSDMOMMA 7/14/2013 9:57AM

    My grandmother used to make blackberry jam/jelly. The blueberry sounds really good. I wish I still had her recipes...

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CELIAMINER 7/14/2013 9:38AM

    You're so talented! The jam sounds fantastic! The best jam I ever had was raspberry jam made by the wife of one of DH's friends. I said I wished we lived closer so I could observe as she made it and learn how. Your pictures explain the process well!

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ADARKARA 7/14/2013 9:24AM

    Looks delicious! The hubs and I are going to make Jersey Peach jam next week! ;)

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CHALLENGER15 7/14/2013 9:21AM

    I may just have to try my hand at making some jam! This looks good.

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ELIZ181 7/14/2013 6:19AM

    yummmm ~ we use to go pick the wild blueberries at my parents cabin all the time and make blueberry pie with them as well.

I'll be dropping by later to pickup a jar

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IMREITE 7/14/2013 2:03AM

    I've done some canning, but never have done Jam. i have a foodsaver and can freeze my berries. If i had more time i would go to the upick places more often.

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TLWARE9 7/14/2013 1:30AM

    Hope you enjoy your jam.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/13/2013 11:18PM

    Oh my gosh! Those blueberries are HUGE looking. That's my favorite kind of jam, too! 2nd place is peach.

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SANDLADY48 7/13/2013 11:10PM

    When I had a chest freezer, I made the frozen strawberry jam, like my mom. My kid's called it Grandma Jam.

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VIPERSWEB 7/13/2013 11:08PM

    wow! Looks good.

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