This blueberry jam recipe is so easy! It can be made with either fresh or frozen blueberries! The best part of making your own jams and jellies, besides the obvious flavor difference, is that you control the ingredients. There are no ingredients that you can’t pronounce and none of the preservatives found in commercially available products.
I have a confession. After making my own jams and jellies for years now, I cannot, and I mean cannot eat store bought jams. I would rather go without!
My jams need to be a little sweet and a little tart, just like fresh fruit. I always use the same recipe for jams and jellies from Ball.
The only thing I switch up a bit is the amounts of sugar and lemon juice. I always go a little heavy handed with the lemon juice and a little light on the recommended amount of sugar.
That way, the jam retains more of the fresh fruit flavor. The lemon juice just brightens up the jam so much.
A bit off topic here, but bear with me…. My eldest son, Jake, just got his first “real” job in his preferred field. He is now officially a software engineer! (And making really good money! 🙂 ) He is further away than his mother would prefer, but I am so proud of him!
I digress, though. He drives a Toyota Prius and I have never seen so much stuff fit into such a little car!
Of course, I loaded him up with lots of Mama’s homemade goodies, so he wouldn’t forget me. 🙂 A few things he left with will be coming up on BCC soon, like Nuclear Jalapeño Pepper Relish and Zucchini Relish! A lot of what I gave him are already here on BCC, including, Strawberry Jam, Pickled Peppers, Candied Jalapeno Peppers, and Roasted Garlic Salsa!
Back to the Blueberry Jam Recipe
Once you have a few basic tools, making your own homemade blueberry jam, is super easy! You will need a canning pot with a rack so that the jars don’t clunk around and crack while they are boiling.
About Commercial Pectin
There is some debate regarding prepared pectin. Pectin is a naturally occuring substance in all plants. Different plants have different amounts and types of pectins. The reason we use pectin, is that you have to develop less natural pectin from the fruit you are using.
I made lemon marmalade several years ago and used a recipe that did not use prepared pectin. It developed the existing pectins in the lemon seeds and pith. The only problem I found is that the marmalade caramelized the sugar because it had to cook so long.
For this reason, the color is not the lovely yellow I was looking for, but a mousy brown! The next time I make lemon marmalade I will definitely use pectin, instead of cooking it so long.
Although you don’t technically need this awesome set of canning tools, for less than $20 bucks it saves you a ton of time and burns!! Obviously, jars are a must. They are available pretty much everywhere in the US, from grocery stores, to tractor supply stores, to hardware stores, or here on Amazon.
So to get started canning, you need less than $100 worth of specialty tools! It’s well worth that when you think of all the money you will save and how wonderful it will be to have homemade jams!!!
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Low Sugar Blueberry Jam
- Prepare waterbath canner. Wash jars ad lids thoroughly in hot, soapy water and rinse well. Add jars to to canner and cover with water 1 inch above the jars. Boil jars for 10 minutes. Let jars sit in hot water until ready to use.
- Pour boiling water over lids and let sit in hot water until ready for use.
- Combine the fruit, juice or water and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil (one that can’t be stirred down.), stirring constantly.
- Add sugar, if using. Return mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam, if necessary.
- Ladle hot jam into hot jars. Cool to room temperature, if not canning. Then refrigerate immediately.
- If preserving, ladle hot jam into the hot jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace. Wipe rims clean with paper towel.. Center lids on jars. Apply bands and adjust to fingertip tight.
- Place filled jars in canner ensuring jars are covered by over 1″ water. Bring to a gentle, steady boil.
- Process jars for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat. Let jars rest in hot water for 5 minutes.
- Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down in the center, when pressed. Store jars in a cool place.
Tools I Use to Make Low Sugar Blueberry Jam
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