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Beginner’s Guide To Making and Canning Blueberry Jam

Full of plump berries, this sweet, flavorful blueberry jam is a summer treat.

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Don’t we all love to receive gifts?

Gifts can come in many different forms.

A few weeks back, I gave a friend a jar of strawberry jam, and she gave me a huge compliment.  Her sweet girl has a sweet tooth, and she ate the entire jar of jam!  My dear friend asked me if I would show her how to make jam.  Would I?  Of course!  What a great opportunity for my daughter and I to spend some time with our friends!

Since strawberries are out of season, we opted for blueberry…my favorite.

This recipe for blueberry jam is super easy…only 4 ingredients.

And, it makes 12 8-ounce jars.  Plenty to enjoy, while saving some for gifts.

A jar of homemade blueberry jam, wrapped in ribbon, makes the perfect gift.  Put these away for the holidays and you have a great little gift for a hostess, teacher, colleague,or neighbor.

My problem…remembering where I put them!  Last year, I made so much jam that I was running out of places to put it.  I wound up putting extra jars of jam in an upper cabinet and forgot all about them until spring cleaning.  Oops!

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Anyway, let’s get back to the recipe.

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For this blueberry jam, you will need about 10 cups of blueberries, a box of Sure Jell pectin, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and 7 cups of sugar.

In addition to the jam ingredients, you will need a canning set.  I have this canning set from Ball.  It includes the stockpot waterbath canner, rack, and utensil set.  I have had it for about 7 years and continue to use it.

Lastly, you will need 12 8-ounce jars, with lids.  Please note that the jars can be reused, but the lids cannot.  Once they are processed, they may not be processed again.  These are the jars that I use.

I just run my jars, lids, and rings through the top rack of my dishwasher before I plan on making jam, so they will be ready.

Before beginning the jam, heat water in your canning stockpot, so it will be ready when the jam is done.

Now…let’s make blueberry jam!

Rinse the blueberries and remove stems.

Put two cups of blueberries in a large pot, using a potato masher to crush the berries.  Continue adding blueberries and crushing them until you have added all 10 cups.  (My daughter, Lis, loves this part!)

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Stir in lemon juice and the box of pectin.

Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly over high heat.

Now this the time to add some sweetness…

Add the sugar, one cup at a time.  Use a whisk to stir constantly.

Bring it to a hard boil for one minute and continue to stir.

Using a funnel, fill each jar, leaving about 1/4 inch at the top.

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Place lids on jars and screw on rings.

Now you are ready to process this sweet goodness.

Once the water is boiling, use your jar lifter to lower your jars into the rack.

Let them process in the water for 5-10 minutes.

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Use the jar lifter to remove the jars from the water.

Allow to cool for 12-24 hours.

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Now, add some ribbon and a tag!

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If you put these away to give as gifts, just remember where you put them…

Or, you might find a sweet surprise when spring cleaning!

Have you ever made homemade jam?  What are some of your favorite summer harvests to preserve?

I look forward to hearing from you!

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14 Comments

  1. I’ve always wanted to try canning but never knew what I was doing. After reading this, I’m going to try to give it another try! Great post.

  2. Great for a housewarming gift, who doesn’t love blueberries.

  3. I’ve never canned anything! I remember, in the days before air conditioning, how hot our kitchen used to get when my mom canned stuff.
    But you’re right: canning your own jam makes such a beautiful and personal gift!
    My husband likes to make freezer jam.

  4. Jennifer Dunham says:

    It’s that time of year again! Love making the jams and jellies. My family enjoys counting the pops of the sealing jars.

    1. Yes…it is that time of year! Love harvest time and preserving all of the goodness of the season! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

  5. Home made jam is such a classic. The home made jams are so much better than their commercial counterparts because they have way more fruit in them resulting in a much better flavour. My daughter in law makes batches of jam for us every year and gifts them to me. They make such a wonderful gift and I think of her every time I open a jar.

    1. How wonderful! Isn’t it the best when a food brings about such a happy memory and feeling?! Thank you for your kind comment, Leanna. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Amber! I hope you can give it a try! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

  6. There’s nothing better than homemade jam! I’ve never tried to make it before, but this is totally inspiring!

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