When we found the blueberry bushes in our yard, my mind immediately started racing. I don’t really care for the texture of most fruits, blueberries included. So I needed to be a little creative in what I made out of them. My first thought was jam. I had already been on a toast and jam kick for a while, so it was perfect.
A few months ago, my grandfather spent some time at our house. In the morning, I would ask him what he’d like for breakfast. It was always the same thing, toast with jam and coffee. Normally, at home, he’d tell me, he would only have one piece. But, since he was at our house, he’d have two pieces of toast. I don’t know what it is about our house. Maybe because it’s a few hours away from his, he felt like he was on vacation? He wanted to let loose a little bit. I know when I’m on vacation I usually eat more than I do normally. Anyways, because of that, a breakfast of two pieces of toast is now known as the Bampie Special at our house.
I have never made jam. Initially, the process seemed daunting. Just the set up alone was intense. I knew there had to be an easier way. I just had to find it. And luckily, I did. It’s called Freezer jam. It’s delicious. And this is how I made it.
- 2 Cups blueberries
- 2 cups sugar
- Half a lemon
- 1 package of fruit pectin
- 1/2 cup water
- 6, 8oz ball mason jars
In a bowl, combined blueberries, sugar and juice from the halved lemon. Use a potato masher to smush (that’s very technical kitchen lingo) the ingredients together. Once sufficiently smushed, let sit for 15 minutes. While that’s doing it’s thing, pour water and pectin packet in a small sauce pot and heat to boiling while stirring constantly. Boil and stir mixture for 1 minute. Combined the pectin mixture with the blueberries and stir constantly for 3 minutes.
Pour into mason jars and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours or until the mixture has set. Then, put in freezer for up to 6 months.
Also, I bet this mixture would be amazing in a homemade pop-tart. Check out my homemade Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tart recipe to get started. Just put this blueberry lemon jam inside instead of the brown sugar cinnamon mixture. And instead of adding cinnamon to the icing, use lemon zest. Man, I’m already super excited to try this out later this week. If anyone makes either of these recipes, I would love to hear how they turned out!