|Crush 5 cups of blueberries one layer at a time.|
|Add 1 TBL. of lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon, 3/4 cup of water|
1 box of powdered pectin, and 1/4 tsp. butter. (to reduce foaming)
Now cook it on high heat while you are stirring, to a rolling boil.
|Make sure your jars are sterilized and staying hot.|
....and your lids are warm (not boiling) in a shallow pan.
|...and have 5 1/2 cups of sugar measured and ready to go.|
|As soon as it gets to a rolling boil, add your sugar all at once.|
Now bring it back up to a rolling boil. (keep stirring)
When it is really going -- time it for 1 minute.
Then take off heat.
|This is a rolling boil.|
After you take it off the burner, skim the foam off, or, use this cool tip I learned. Lay a piece of waxed paper all over the top and when you lift it, all the foam comes with it. Cool! Fast and less waste. Now fill your jars to 1/4 in. from the top. Wipe the rims, put on the caps, and the rings. Tighten the rings just to "fingertip" tight. The two piece cap needs to "breathe" a little -- that's what gets rid of oxygen. Use a towel in your hand -- the jars are really hot!
Put the jars in a water bath canner. Make sure there is 1 to 2 inches of water above the jars. When it comes to a rolling boil, time it for 5 minutes. When time is up, turn off the burner, and lift the lid so the steam goes away from your face. Let the jars sit for 5 minutes. Then using a jar lifter take them out and let them sit on the counter.
|Use a jar lifter. Anything else is just dangerous.|
|Jar lifters have many uses. They can also |
be monster truck lifters. :-)
Now sit back and listen to the jars "ping" as they can. We always count :-) This is great jam. Enjoy!
|The jar with the scrap of paper on it will be my fair entry. ...a perfect 1/4|
inch headspace. All the decorative jars will be Christmas gifts!