Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 mins
The freezer jams are so good as they taste like the fresh fruit because they have never been cooked. This is a yummy jam and needs to be tried. To get the best taste you need to use the wild blueberries. Once I used the big cultivated ones in the store because it was winter and I needed to make some. There was hardly any flavor except it was sweet. The wild blueberries are are so tasty. NOTE: Do not reduce the sugar or use a sugar substitute as it will not set correctly.
- 2 pints wild blueberries (to make 2 cups of crushed berries)
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 (3 ounce) envelope fruit pectin (Certo brand)
- Wash and rinse containers (make sure they are sterile).
- Prepare the berries crushing one cup at a time using a potato masher.
- Measure exact amount of berries and juice and place in a large bowl.
- Measure the exact amount of sugar (no sugar substitutes) and stir into the prepared fruit; mix well and let stand for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
- While waiting, in a small bowl, stir the Certo fruit pectin into the lemon juice.
- After the 10 minutes has gone by with the berries, stir the pectin mixture into the prepared fruit.
- Stir constantly until sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy--about 4 minutes (a few sugar crystals may remain--it's O.K.).
- Pour into prepared containers, leaving a 1/2" space at the top for expansion during the freezing; cover.
- Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours till set.
- You may store in the refrigerator for about 3 weeks or store in the freezer for up to one year; thaw in the refrigerator.