Oh, how I wish we had planted blueberry bushes like we had planned this year, but sometimes life gets in the way! Thankfully we have tons of farmer stands and markets around this time of year, so I am still able to get my blueberry fix from someone fairly local. I've been on a real fruit kick lately, and I love using different jams and preserves for all different types of things, so trying my hand at freezer jam seemed like a perfect fit. This is so incredibly easy, and so fun, I might add!! I've researched several different recipes, and this is what I came up with:
Rinse and de-stem about 4 cups worth of blueberries.
Mash them really good with a fork, potato masher, or a pastry cutter like I used.
Then I added about the zest from half of a lemon, and the juice from half of a lemon. This part is optional, but I have always loved the way the lemon brings out the blueberry flavor, and its a nice contrast to the sweetness. Speaking of sweetness, blueberries are one of the fruits that are very low in sugar, and so we need to add quite a bit to balance it out. Add 3 1/2 cups of sugar to the mixture and stir it up completely. Let the blueberry/ sugar mixture sit for 10 minutes.
Then its time for the pectin. I used two packet of the instant no-cook freezer jam pectin by Ball. Stir it in a little at a time and then keep stirring for about 3 minutes.
This is the part in which I wished I had a canning funnel! Ladle the mixture into half pint jars leaving about 1/2 headspace at the top to allow for expansion. I just kept a damp cloth near by to wipe any drips. Then put the lids on and let them sit up at room temperature for 30 minutes.
The color is so beautiful, I couldn't stop taking pictures of it!
This will make about six half pint jars. After the 30 minutes, you can put them in the freezer. They should stay good for up to six weeks in the fridge and 10-12 months in the freezer. I couldn't believe how easy and yummy this was! I can't wait to try it with other fruits. Coming up soon, I'll share an unexpected way to use this freezer jam: in one of my favorite summer time cocktails!!