I recently got a great deal on some organic blueberries. Right away, I knew I wanted to make some blueberry jam! The best benefit of making your own jam is that you get to decide what goes in it! A lot of store bought jams can have additives that you might be trying to avoid. They can also be loaded with sugar. I wanted to make this jam as low sugar as possible and it was easily accomplished!
This is one of those recipes that you really can’t mess up and can be customized to your liking. After boiling down the berries and blending, I was surprised that the jam really didn’t need any sweetness at all! It was thick, smooth and perfect to put on a fresh slice of bread. The honey is optional in this recipe. Just give it a taste as you go along and add the honey if you would like it sweeter.
- 1.5 quarts blueberries (or however many you want! You can’t mess it up!)
- A few squirts of lemon
- 1/4-1/2 cup honey (optional! Add if you would like it sweeter)
- A dash of ginger (optional, just gives you a different flavor to try!)
- Place all of your washed blueberries in a medium or large sauce pan. Smash some of your blueberries so that there is juice at the bottom. A fork or potato masher works well for this. Add lemon and optional ginger.
- Slowly simmer and occasionally stir the blueberries for 10-15 minutes. If you want a thinner jam, Move on to step 3 now. If you’d like a thicker jam, continue to simmer until it’s the thickness you like. I simmered mine for 20 minutes and it’s a little thinner than normal jam but that’s how I like it! Just keep simmering and stirring if you really want a thick jam.
- If you have an immersion blender, (I have this one and love it! affiliate link) Just place it inside you sauce pan and blend up your jam. I like mine smooth, so I blended it really well. If you like you jam chunky, you can just smash it a little more with your potato masher. For a smooth jam and no immersion blender, wait until lukewarm and blend in a blender.
- Taste and decide if you would like a sweeter jam. Add honey now and enjoy!
This jam is perfect for water bath canning. If you plan on canning often, I highly recommend this kit. (affiliate link) I plan on doing a few more jars before the season is over. Enjoy you jam on toast, ice cream or on top of some blueberry cake.
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