Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Blueberry Jam

Blueberry Jam with Cinnamon and Fresh Nutmeg
Yesterday we went blueberry picking. We drove about 25 miles up the coast and then another fifteen to get to Gibson Farm. We went there last year and were dazzled by their beautiful bushes; Jerseys and Berkley’s to be exact. The Berkley’s are larger and very sweet, my husband’s favorite. But I felt the slightly smaller Jerseys were more flavorful. We picked over 13 pounds.

Blueberry Bush
The recipe I have today is for blueberry jam and since my usual canning buddy is out of town my husband helped me. How sweet is that right? Anyway we measured out 18 cups of berries after deciding to combine the 2 different varieties and popped some in the freezer for later. The recipe I used for today’s jam came from the website Food In Jars. (Whenever I can or preserve anything I go here first). Marisa sure knows her stuff. In this recipe cinnamon and fresh nutmeg is used to spice things up. And what an amazing flavor they did add. Later that day at the post office I saw someone mailing a jar of blueberry jam with basil and balsamic. Will definitely try that next time. Hope you are all having a great week. Recipe below.

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Blueberry Jam
Freshly picked blueberries make a delicious summer jam. Perfect on toast, delicious in marinades and wonderful in baked goods.
Ingredients
  • 18 cups Blueberries
  • 8 cups Sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Pectin
  • 2 medium Lemons, zest and juice
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg, fresh grated
Instructions
Prepare jars and lids by washing in soapy water first, rinse carefully. Sterilize by boiling jars and lids at least 10 minutes. Carefully remove from pot and set on a clean towel to dry.Rinse berries, drain well then place in a non-reactive pan. Mash slightly. Add sugar and pectin, stir until combined. Cook at a controlled boil for 10 to 12 minutes. The mixture should look thicker and the foaming has stopped. *When this happens do the plate test.* If ready add the cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice and zest and mix well.Remove jam from heat and ladle (or funnel) into jars, leave about ½ inch from the top. Carefully (jars are very hot) wipe the rims and apply lids and rims. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes in a large canning pot. Make sure jars are completely covered. When time is up removed jars and place them on a kitchen towel to cool.Once cool, remove rings and test seals.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 15 1/2 pints

*Put a empty plate in the freezer when you are ready to start preparing the berries. Add 1 teaspoon of jam to plate. Push your finger through the jam on the plate - you're looking for it to wrinkle and not flood back in to fill the gap.*

Plate test







Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

51 comments:

  1. Wow Cheri - I am seriously craving blueberries today and so wish I had enough to make this jam. It sounds wonderful and they look so fresh and plump. Very nice post!

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    1. Thanks Tricia, love the u-pick it concept, so much fun.

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  2. I just love berries and this one looks so delicious.Great recipe. Bookmarked!

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    1. i love berries too, especially right of the bush. This was the second time we have been to a place like this, so much fun.

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  3. I have blueberries in the freezer so I'm going to use some to make jam. What a great flavour these must have 😀

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    1. The cinnamon brings a wonderful flavor to the jam, buying some fresh bread in the next town today.

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  4. Cheri I have never been to blueberry picking but I can guess that it must be so much fun!! Love the test you showed for jam!! Genius trick!

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    1. Thanks Ami, that tip is from Marisa's site food in jars, she is amazing.

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  5. I have seen some blueberry/blackberry bushes here in the neighborhood, but never know they are edible or not. Your homemade blueberry jam looks fantastic, Cheri.

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    1. Thanks Angie, we have huckle berries around us but most of the time the birds beat us to them when they are ripe.

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  6. Hi Cheri,
    I never say no to blueberries. .. delicious jam you've made :)

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  8. I love such DIY posts, and that plate taste sounds fun, Cheri. I am sure making blueberry jam and canning is so much fun!

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  9. I don't even know why I've never thought about making blueberry jam! I only recently ventured into easy strawberry jam and maybe I have the nerve to branch out now? This is definitely inspiring. Enjoy your wonderful homemade jam!

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    1. Thanks Monica, you should branch out, it is so much fun and delicious too!

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  10. The blueberries look gorgeous, lucky you picking fresh ones. Also love the blueberry jam. looks perfect. Adding cinnamon is a great idea.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, I love the combo of cinnamon and berries, really enhances the flavor.

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  11. Oh, wow, picking blueberries sounds like so much fun! They have been my favorite fruit this summer so far, and I can't imagine how much better they must taste picked fresh. Your jam sounds so wonderful, Cheri, with the spices in it. Loved seeing the pictures of the berries and the jam.

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    1. Thanks Shari, I have been loving blueberries and peaches, cannot get enough.

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  12. Thirteen pounds? That's some serious picking, lol. Love these pics and love your beautiful jam! Nice of hubby to get in there and help. I'm going for some more this weekend...they are the best!

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    1. Thanks Robyn, they are the best, can't get enough of them.Have a great week-end!

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  13. Hi Cheri, I can imagine the rich flavors. I have picked many blackberries in my life, but no blueberries. You are truly blessed.

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    1. Thanks Linda, blueberries are actually easier to pick because there are no thorns. Take care!

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  14. Picking blueberries sounds like such a wonderful way to spend the weekend :) What a wonderful time with your husband making jam too. I bet it tastes all the sweeter for the time together :)

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  15. I love the sound of adding cinnamon to your jam, I bet this will be so good in the autumn!

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  16. I love homemade blueberry jam, and especially am intrigued by the spices you used, Cheri! Really nice!

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    1. Thanks David, I think the cinnamon especially really enhanced the flavor.

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  17. Such a sweet husband to help you out! I have been picking and freezing blueberries this week too. Your jam flavors sound like they would be a perfect choice for fall and winter eating with the lovely cinnamon and nutmeg.

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    1. Blueberries are so delicious right now, I froze some too for later, can never have enough. Thanks Mindy!

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  18. Oh, my. I bet this is amazing! And how wonderful to open a jar in the middle of winter to bring a little sunshine to your plate!

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    1. Thanks Liz, next I'm going to try peaches.

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  19. Oh I love picking blueberries!!! Yum, your jamlioks super delicious.
    Thanks for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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  20. Sooo delightful, Cheri. Confession: Didn't realize there were varieties of blueberries....and I am a fan of the fruit. So, of course, I'd love a big scoop of your jam to slather on my morning toast.

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    1. I did not know that either Kim until that day, but it does make sense.

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  21. It must be so delicious... I received today blueberry jam from my brother.

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  22. One of my favourite jams out there! This can also be good as a topping to some plain cheesecakes

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    1. Great isea Raymund, will have to try that, thanks!

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  23. I love that there is cinnamon AND nutmeg in here! That sounds fantastic! I must admit that I am slightly terrified of trying to can ... I usually stick to just small batch jams!! haha

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    1. The cinnamon really intensifies the flavor, thanks for stopping by Ashley!

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  24. I just made mine too:)
    Looks lovely!
    I put cinnamon in my blueberry pies..like a horse and carriage:)

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    1. I agree, blueberry and cinnamon are wonderful together.

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  25. I just made mine too:)
    Looks lovely!
    I put cinnamon in my blueberry pies..like a horse and carriage:)

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