Well, I made a new batch of jam today. I put a poll question on the blog last week so that you, my loyal and faithful readers, could choose what I made next. So, after double checking the results, I pulled out my recipe and whipped out a batch of Spiced Blueberry Honey Jam. Now before I get to the recipe, I wanted to share a bit about the outcome, yes, I know I am jumping the gun, but I was worried about my seals. Usually, on all the other batches I have made so far, the lids will start popping (sealing) within just a few minutes of removing them from the canner and have usually all sealed within 15 minutes, or so. Well today, only 1 out of 6 popped right away. I began to worry, but remembered that I had read to be patient while they cool and that it could take up to 24 hours. I guess this is why you are supposed to leave them undisturbed for that 24 hours…it takes them a while to “do their thing“. This batch took hours, for some reason. The last jar popped almost 5 hours after the lid was applied. Any ideas on why it took so long compared to the others?
I took a picture of my pots this time so you could see what I meant by my “tall” canner that I am using. Remember, it’s the pot from my turkey fryer. The other is my 8 qt. stockpot that I use for cooking the actual jams in.
Now, I did my research prior to making my jam this afternoon and found that blueberries are associated with peace, calmness and protection. I also saw references on quite a few websites that they are good for your kidneys, too. Okay, it's good to know, huh? Do further research if you are interested in this aspect as I am NOT qualified to give any medical advice. Honey is associated with happiness and fulfillment while nutmeg is associated with promoting health and fidelity. In some countries people carried a whole nutmeg in their pocket to attract good fortune. When I visualize these attributes, I am seeing the peace, calm, fulfillment and good health and this slowly manifests itself in my mind as a room full of yoga enthusiasts…do ya see it too? Based on this I am going to rename this one Spicy Yogi Blueberry Jam.
Spicy Yogi Blueberry Jam
2 ½ cups fresh or frozen coarsely chopped blueberries (I used frozen)
2 ½ cups sugar
1 cup liquid honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 3oz pouch liquid pectin
Preheat canner and prepare jars and lids. In an 8 qt pan combine the blueberries, sugar, honey, lemon juice, nutmeg and butter. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly, and boil hard for 2 minutes.
Makes about 6 half pint jars.
This jam is gorgeous in the jar and is perfectly spicy and not too overly sweet. I think you will really love it, I did! I have to debate keeping a jar in the fridge. I have a jar of everything I have done so far in the fridge right now and well, lets just say I’m gonna have to find more uses for them, quick! Ooooh, I just remembered 6th grade home-economics class, we did little jam filled refrigerator biscuits sprinkled with powdered sugar. They were like little crescent shaped pies. Maybe next time the girls get together I will make them and call them my “special little moon pies”. This jam would be PERFECT, kind of like a little blueberry pie.
Have a great hump day and remember, Be Blessed and Be Sweet!