To find out if it has reached the gelling point, I use the plate test. I put a plate in the fridge to keep it cool. Once I am ready to test it, I place a spoonful of jam on the plate and put it in the freezer to cool down to room temperature. It only takes a minute or so, but make sure you keep stirring the mixture. I then take the plate out and swipe my finger through the jam. If it slowly covers up where my finger was, I know it is ready.
Blueberry jam is such a yummy alternative to grape jelly. If you have access to blueberry u-pick farms or have your own blueberry bushes, I encourage you to try this simplest of jams that only takes 2 ingredients, blueberries and sugar. I know, I know, sugar is bad for you, but I do use organic cane sugar and let’s be honest, it just tastes so good. Besides, any desserts we eat have way more sugar than a spoonful or two of jam. My motto is pretty much everything in moderation.
And, I like simple, thus the blog name.
Let’s just get right down to it. This recipe makes around 10 half pints of jam.
Blueberry Jam Ingredients:
9 cups of crushed blueberries
6 cups of sugar
Easy peasy! As always with canning, please sterilize your jars. I wash mine then keep them in the oven at 200 degrees until I am ready to use them. The lids should be in hot water at a slow simmer on the stove.
Start heating up enough water in the canner to cover the jars once they are in there.
Wash and remove any blueberry stems. Depending on how chunky you like your jam, run your blueberries through the food mill or just crush them with a wooden spoon until it is at the preferred consistency.
Combine the berries and sugar in a large saucepan and slowly bring to a boil. Once the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is boiling, stir frequently to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
Turn the stove off and start filling your jars with jam. Make sure you wipe clean the jar tops if you get any jam on them. Put your lids on and place the jars in the water bath. Once the water starts to boil, keep them in there for 15 minutes.
Elderberry jam is made the same way only there are three ingredients.
Elderberry Jam Ingredients:
2 quarts crushed elderberries
6 cups of sugar
1/4 cup of vinegar
Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan and continue on with the same instructions as the blueberry jam. Another easy peasy jam recipe!
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