Saturday, March 2, 2013

Blueberry Lime Jam


We ran out of this jam.   It's K2's favorite.   She eats it on almost everything.

There was weeping.

There was wailing.

There was general consternation.

So I made more.    It's what moms do.  






Here's my typical recipe for a single batch of jam.    This generally makes about 2.5 pts of jam plus a bit.

Blueberry Lime Jam- small batch
  • 4 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup water
  • zest and juice of 1 lime.
  • 3 T Ball or Dutch-Jell  low sugar pectin
  • 3-4 cups sugar
Combine the fruit, water, lime juice, zest and pectin.  Bring to a hard rolling boil that you can't stir down.   Boil hard for 1 minute.  Add the sugar.  Return to a hard rolling boil.   Boil hard for 1 minute.  Ladle into jars.   Process 10 minutes for canning.  

However.    And it is a big However.

Yesterday I was all out of my Ball and Dutch-Jell low sugar pectins.   I did have a box of Mrs. Wages low sugar pectin that I picked up to try last time I was at Freedom Country Store in Worthington - it's our local Amish store.

One package of that stuff will gel 12 cups of fruit.   I had 15 cups of fruit and wanted only a soft jell, so I did four batches at once with one package of Mrs. Wages.     Worked perfectly.    Here's what I did:

Blueberry Lime Jam - with Mrs. Wages Pectin
  • 15 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen [around 2 bags of frozen blueberries]
  • 4 cups water
  • zest and juice of 4 limes.
  • 1 package of Mrs. Wages pectin.
  • 12 cups sugar
This batch made 10.5 pints of jam.     I used my regular method of jam making.

1.   Combine the fruit, water, lime juice, zest and pectin.
2.   Bring to a hard rolling boil that you can't stir down.   Boil hard for 1 minute.
3.   Add the sugar.
4.   Return to a hard rolling boil.   Boil hard for 1 minute.
5.   Ladle into jars.   Process 10 minutes for canning.  


I've been thinking a lot about pectins lately.   I'm doing a cost-comparison post and will have that up soon.

2 comments:

  1. Does she eat it on fried chicken? ;-) K2 needs a puppy.

    Anyway, this inspired me. I think I'm going to make lemon marmalade today. I rarely make jam and jelly so this will be a big deal. Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

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