WILD BLUEBERRY JAM or any jam, for that matter, is the least difficult to make of the preserving world. Really, all you need is the fruit, a little acid, a lot of sugar and I use liquid pectin. Old time cooks would cook the fruit until it ‘jammed’ but I prefer the flavour of less time on the stove. Liquid pectin reduces the cook time and virtually takes the guess work out of jam making. The recipe that I’ve shared today came from the pectin package. I added fresh thyme. Truth be told, I prefer my blueberry jam wild and unadorned but my curiosity got the better of me so I threw in the thyme. It’s delicious but not necessary…
This is the last preserving recipe that I’ll be sharing this year. I hope I’ve helped bust any kitchen myths around pickling and jam making. Your mantra should be,
‘YES, I CAN MAKE JAM, JELLY, AND PICKLES OF ALL TYPES!’
WILD BLUEBERRY JAM WITH THYME slightly adapted from the Certo recipe
Makes 9 – 250 ml jars
4 ½ cups wild blueberries, crushed about 4 pints
3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 pouches liquid pectin
7 cups granulated sugar
4 sprigs thyme, optional
- Prepare mason jars, according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- Chop blueberries in small batches in food processor.
- In a large, deep stainless steel pot, stir together prepared berries, lemon juice and sugar – If you’re using the thyme add it now
- Over high heat, bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down.
- Remove from heat and add liquid pectin, squeezing entire contents from pouches.
- Return to a boil; boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and skim off foam. Discard thyme sprigs
- Ladle hot jam into sterilized jars to within ¼ “of top of jar.
- Wipe jar rim to remove any drips.
- Place disc on jar then screw band on until fingertip tight.
- Repeat until all of the jam is in jars
- After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward and do not move when pressed. I store any unsealed jars in the refrigerator.
- Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. Use within 1 year.
THE LOVE: This jam sets quickly so work fast!
Thanks for reading.