Blueberry Lemon Jam

I love blueberries…I LOVE LEMONS…and I sooooo like blending the two into a jam. I walked to the farmers market on California & Booth, that is held every Saturday during the summer & fall, and bought three baskets of fresh blueberries and two lemons.

Crush (I use a potato smasher) five (5) cups of blueberries (A raspberry hid in my bunch! The rascal!) and put them and the zest and juice of two large lemons into a large stock pot. Stir in a package of powdered fruit pectin and bring to boil over high heat (keep stirring). Add 5-1/2 cups of sugar all at once and bring to a rolling boil, stir constantly this time around. Boil for 1 minute after bringing the syrup to a rolling boil. Remove from heat. Ladle into prepared hot jelly jars, leaving a 1/4″ head space, wipe rims with a damp paper towel to clean…then add lid and screw band on. Place jars in canner making sure you have 1″ over the top of your jars, bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes (plus any additional minutes per your altitude)…I have to boil for 20 minutes. Remove from heat…leave in canner for about 5 minutes…take out your jars to cool. Then wait for the delightful pinging of the lids! 🙂

This is great on good ole peanut butter sandwiches. On pancakes. Frenchtoast. Scones. You name it!

Blueberry Lemon Jam:

5 cups blueberries (smashed)
zest and juice of 2 lemons
1 package powdered fruit pectin
5-1/2 cups sugar

Makes 6-7 half pints

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I linked this recipe up with Sweets for a Saturday ~ go check out all the cool recipes!

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Weekend of Jam & Jelly Making

I had the pleasure of a weekend by myself! Husband went down to Carson City to a friends house to watch the extreme fight on PPV so I had from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon for just ME!

I decided to make some jams…had half a flat of blueberries from the farmer’s market to use up. Made Blueberry-Lemon jam, Blueberry Jam, Strawberry Daiquiri Jam (had a whole flat of frozen strawberries in the outside freezer), and then saw I had the makings for Jalapeno Pepper jelly, so I made it too. I’m starting my Christmas presents early. 🙂

Lucy kept me company while Leo slept upstairs most of the day.

I love the jalapeno jelly ~ very pretty (tasty too, I already started eating that one)…I used green jalapenos and an orange bell pepper. Recipe was simple, peppers, cider vinegar, sugar, and pectin.

Just used the water bath for the jams…

And read the whole instruction manual for my new canner ~ a 16 quart Presto Pressure Canner.

Can’t wait to try it out! I plan on canning stews/soups, veggies, salsas, and meats when they go on sale.