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THE FERAL TURTLE

Monday, October 14, 2013

Blue Blooded Diva Blueberry Jam

I love blueberry jam.


 Too bad we can't grow them here.

I am pretty sure I know why......

  I think they are jealous of my raspberry bushes, so they pretend that our soil isn't good enough!
 Blueberries are kinda stuck up.  They are the blue blooded, high maintenance Divas of the berry world.  There, I said it!

 How easy it is to go to the supermarket and just buy a case anyways....especially when you get a smokin deal! I bought a case of twelve 1-pint boxes for
 10 bucks!  You don't have to stand out in a blueberry patch, getting eaten alive by mosquitoes and have your heart jump started every few seconds cuz you think a sneaky mouse is coming for you.

  I was able to make 15 jars of jam and freeze a heaping bag full for smoothies.
I washed the berries and spread them on a cookie sheet with a tea towel to absorb the water.
Freeze overnight and pop them in a freezer bag the next morning.  This way they don't stick in a clump.


 As far as the jam goes, I just used the recipe from the pectin boxes.

  I made two separate batches using Certo light, which called for less sugar, and Bernardin pectin for the second batch, which used a fair amount more.  I actually preferred the batch with less sugar!  Go figure, me, a die hard sugar junkie!  It tasted less cooked, IMHO.

The usual jam making procedure...
 Harvest berries (from the grocery store)

wash thoroughly 

follow recipe on pectin box

sterilize



 
Those jam jars are such posers!



I also made a batch of bread to make it even more sexy!



 If you want a fancy boutique bread, without kneading or fussing,  come back tomorrow for the recipe.  It would be a great loaf to hollow out for a spinach dip, as the crust is rather quite chewy and the inside is soft and spongy.
Cheers.

11 comments:

  1. I was always stuck on strawberry jam until I tried blueberry this year. It is my new favorite jam flavor. You got a super fantastic deal on those berries! I usually pay about $3.50 for a pint here. They are expensive!

    Can't wait for the bread recipe. I've been making a lot of my own bread lately, but need a good one to hallow out for dips and soup.

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  2. Love your pioneer spirit! Yum,
    Deb

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  3. Ok now I have to go out and make or buy some blueberry jam because yours looks so delicious!!

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  4. I love blueberries any way I can have them, and your jam looks so delicious! We buy a big basket of the wild ones when we go up north to my mom's cottage and I freeze them and make goodies all winter long. BTW... your signature looks awesome!!

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  5. I tried to have blueberries in my garden, but after two years, I only had 5 berries this summer... That was a bit short for jam!! Yours look delicious.

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  6. Blueberry jam is my absolute favorite and you totally scored on those berries! When we did our soil test for growing pumpkins the report came back as "perfect" for growing blueberries. I should have done it! Looking forward to your bread recipe because I want my house to smell wonderful!!

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  7. Oh yum, I was actually at some berry gardens on the weekend, Julian seeing my enthusiasm cut me own by saying there is no room for a berry garden, guess ill be harvesting at the supermarket too :)

    Feel free to send the jam over for sampling....

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  8. Can I come to your house and play?

    -andi

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  9. Well, I love blueberries, and this is something I can totally make. paired up with your homemade bread, it not only looks great but it must be yummy!

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Cheers to great words!