Blueberry Jam

I’d always thought jam-making was for grannies…but for some reason I had to give it a try over the weekend.  I must say, I am definitely hooked and already thinking of all the fruits I will be jamming the rest of the summer.  If you have a hankering to try this yourself, follow these simple steps for a delicious treat.

What You Need

4 pints blueberries
4 cups sugar
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 package Sure Jell
Jars – I used 8 oz Ball Canning Jars

What You Do

Rinse and clean berries, being sure to remove any soft berries, twigs or leaves.  Mash berries in large bowl.  I found it easiest to do in small batches, around 1 cup at a time.  This part is not the prettiest step, so be patient!  Mix 1/4 cup sugar, Sure-Jell and lemon juice into berries.  Heat over medium high heat until boiling.  Once boiling, add remaining sugar and continue to stir.  Bring back to a full boil and let boil for about 1 minute.  Test the consistency.  To do this, take a small spoon and set aside to see if the jam sets…if so – you’re ready to jar!

While you’re working on boiling the berries, you will also need to have the jars and lids (separately) in boiling water to sanitize them.  Remove the jars and work quickly to fill each jar just below the thread line.  Screw the lids on tightly and place back in boiling water to seal the jars.  Bring water back to a full boil for ten minutes.  Remove and set aside to cool – and enjoy the satisfying popping sound as each jar sets. 
Enjoy your jam on ice cream, warm toast, a dessert pizza…mmmm.

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