With summer comes a wealth of berries. Our berry of the summer this year was blueberries.
My aunt has a huge natural blueberry patch near her pond. It produced so much she was not able to keep up with picking. So we drove down for the weekend to pick some blueberries.
I was expecting maybe to get a small bucket full, thinking surely there weren’t that many or that the animals would have taken them by the time we got there.
Boy was I wrong! We filled that small bucket over and over and came home with an ice chest full of blueberries. I was so excited because I absolutely love blueberries! All I could think about were all of the things we could make! Blueberry muffins, pies, scones, jam, oatmeal… the list could go on forever!
Once we got home it was time to clean them and prepare them for eating and the freezer.
We have a huge farm sink which I love! And boy did it come in handy! We transferred the blueberries to the sink where they were washed and transferred to a large towel to be dried.
We had 10 gallons of blueberries. Unbelievable!!
We set out to make blueberry jam with most, bagged some for the freezer, which is good to add to muffin and cake recipes. The rest we placed in the refrigerator for yogurt .
Below is the recipe for our jam. It doesn’t require a lot of the steps you have to take for canning.
- 1 pint blueberries – (2 cups)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 and 1/3 tablespoons lemon juice
- Almost 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
That’s it. Put all ingredients in a pan, bring it to a boil, and simmer for 20 minutes if you want it runny like compote. If you want to turn it into jam add another 10 or 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
This recipe produces two 4 ounce jars of blueberry jam. If you have a large batch of blueberries, adjust the honey and lemon juice accordingly.
You can sterilize the jars if you like and complete the canning process. But if you will be using it within a few weeks they can be placed in the refrigerator.
This was so awesome to make, too. It was no work. I didn’t even have to stir it much. It just bubbled gently for about 30 minutes. We hope you will try it.