Monday, July 02, 2007

Blueberry Jam

Friday I made blueberry jam. Which is not all that hard.

First, you wash the blueberries:

Blueberries in Strainer

Then you kind of run your fingers through them to find and remove all the mushy ones, all the stems, all the whatnot. Your fingers will be surprisingly adept at doing this. Trust them.

Then, you measure 10 cups of blueberries and you place them in a bowl. Are you excited yet?

Blueberries in Bowl

You should be excited, because this is the fun part. You now get to mash the shit out of those blueberries!

Mashed Blueberries

You can use a food processor, but what's the fun in that? Getting in there with your hands is much more satisfying. And needs less clean-up.

Then throw some pectin, lemon juice, and water in a huge pot on the stove with the 10 cups (now reduced down to about 6 cups) of macerated blueberries.

Blueberries on Stove

Soon, they will start to bubble.

Blueberries starting to cook

You don't have to do anything at this point. Not even stir. Maybe, if you're OCD like me, you take some pictures.

After about 10 minutes, the berries will reach a rolling boil:

Boiling blueberries

And, you can see, they've about tripled in volume. When I said a big pot, I meant a damn big pot.

At this point, I added a shit-ton of sugar. No, really. 7 cups.

Then, blah blah blah, bring it back to a boil, for a few minutes, and then ladle the steaming hot jam into waiting hot jars (hot jam + cold jars = broken jars), and then screw on the lids/seals, and process the jars in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.

Processing Jam

Yeah, this part is really boring, but I thought the picture was cool. So I'm posting it.

Then, wait for the jars to cool, wash off all the sticky blueberry jam residue from the outsides (surprisingly, 5 minutes in boiling water does not clean the jars), and add pretty ribbons.

Blueberry Jam Jars!

Et Voila! 5.5 pints of pretty blueberry jam, ready to give to your friends.

(Because there's no way in hell I'm eating that much jam in the next month and a half, and um, I'm not moving JAM halfway across the country. I just like making things, and I was bored, so my friends better like that damn blueberry jam!)


Kelly said...

I just made strawberry jam! But your blueberry... now that looks GOOOOOOD!

blog Portland said...

If only there were something to do with all that jam...

Castaway said...

WOW... its very impressive when folks can actually make things rather than having to (like me) buy them already prepared... i've got summer break, so hopefully i can motivate myself to follow your lead--or do a similiar activity with the tomatoes i'm hoping to soon harvest!

Kiki said...

The domestic things you do make me so very jealous, but in a good way. We used to make jams/jellies at home growing up but I have yet attempted to do so. Maybe your post will inspire me :-)

v said...

Cool pics. And very impressive. But now I want some blueberry jam. ;(

Anonymous said...

When are you going to write a cookbook? I bet a whole shitload of folks would buy it.

SarahReznor said...

oh that looks good...!!! i tagged you!

theidlereceptionist said...

ok...those *are* some pretty bows.

and now i want toast.

with jam.

blueberry jam.

Ellen K. said...

Impressive! Good accessorizing too.

v said...

Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

ninjathet_0312 said...

wow!!! this look yummy! love those pink shoes!

One Step From the Edge said...

Who needs the Food Network, when they can be entertained and get recipes at the same time from you? I don't even like blueberries and that looks good. Hmm, I wonder if we have any blueberry jam?

Bobealia... said...

Can you use Splenda?

Andie said...

thanks for the input. I have a ton of strawberries to use up!

I am totally digging your blog!

betsyradish said...


You are seriously my idol.

I LOVE reading your blog!