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Homemade Blueberry Jam
If you have been following my posts lately then you know I am working on eliminating as much plastic as possible from my life. This had led me toward getting back to the basics. I made my own peanut butter last week and I am storing it in a glass jar. This post is some more of the same, it is the other half of making a PB & J.
We are a divided household when it comes to jam and jelly. I was raised on strawberry and will remain that it is far better than grape. In order to stay neutral though, I went with blueberry jam. I wanted to keep it simple to make a point that you do not have to spend a whole day cooking and spend a lot of money on a ton of ingredients in order to replace a plastic bottle in your kitchen.
So this recipe is basic. You will need blueberries, sugar, and some lemon juice. Simple ingredients that are easily available.
How to make it
Grab a deep pot and add all three ingredients. Place over medium heat. One tablespoon of lemon juice, half a cup of sugar, and two cups of blueberries.
The jam will look especially grainy until the sugar dissolves. You will need to mash up the blueberries. I used an <<immersion blender>> since the blueberries are not super easy to mash AND because I prefer to not have large chunks in my jam.
The jam will need to cook for a little while. Bring to a light boil. Leave at a boil for at least five minutes.
Save some plastic and store your jam in a glass jar! But be sure to warm up the glass first. Do not pour the hot jam into a cold glass jar, it may break. Once you have your jam in your jar leave it out to cool for a while and only move to the fridge when it is completely cooled.
If you have a lot of jars in your fridge, you can try to <<label them>> to avoid confusion.
- 24 oz of blueberries
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- Put all ingredients into a deep pot.
- Turn to medium heat. Stir continuously.
- Once it begins to boil leave for at least five minutes, continue to stir.
- Pour into a warm glass jar.
- Let cool completely before storing in fridge.