Thursday, July 14, 2011

Preserving the harvest: Blueberry Jelly

It's blueberry season around here.  We have a farm nearby that we can go pick blueberries and they are so yummy!!!  We went out and pick tons last weekend, while I was picking I thought that I should make some blueberry jelly.

First I had to extract the juice from the blueberries:

Put 4 cups of washed berries in a pot with enough water to prevent scorching and smash them to help the juice come from the berries.  Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

You are then suppose to have a jelly bag hanging over another pot and pour the blueberries into the jelly bag and allow the juice to drip through.  I didn't have any jelly bags or cheesecloth, instead I have a strainer that has really small holes and I set it on top of a 8 cup measuring bowl.  Next time I do this part I'm going to do it the night before and let it drip all night.  

Have clean warm canning jars ready.  I used half pint jars.

Then in a pot add 4cups of blueberry juice, 7 1/2cups sugar. Stir together on high heat continue stirring constantly and bring to a full roiling boil that cannot be stirred down.  Then add 2 bags of liquid pectin, heat again to a boil.  Boil hard for 1 minute.

The next part went by really fast I didn't take any pictures.

Remove from heat; quickly skim off foam.  Pour jelly immediately into hot canning jars, leaving 1/4inch headspace.  Wipe jars rims and adjust lids.  Process 5 minutes in a Boiling Water Bath.

Somewhat Simple



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  1. Oooh, this looks so good! I've never had homemade jelly before!

  2. ooohh, I love blueberries. You inspired me, I think I'll make some too:-)


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