Confession: I cannot bake. But I love to can things that would go well with baked goods.
It’s my cross to bare.
This year when the blueberries came in, I didn’t want to make the same exact blueberry jam I made every year. I had a thriving basil plant and some fresh lemons from our food coop, and decided to pair the three together. The recipe would be amazing with a vanilla scone! I made some last week and the house didn’t burn down!
- 3 lb. blueberries
- 1 1/2 c. sugar
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. powdered pectin
- 3/4 c. water
- 10 basil leaves
- zest of a lemon
First you want to make sure you jars, lids, and rings are all washed and sanitized.
In a large sauce pan, mix the berries with sugar, lemon juice, and the zest of a lemon. Turn the stove on medium. While that is heating up, take your cheesecloth and make a pouch out of it. Put the basil in the middle and smash it up a little (this helps release the flavors). Tie up the cheesecloth and toss it in the berry mixture along with that 3/4 c. of water.
Let the mixture boil and smash the berries with the back of a spoon until smooth. You can also mash the cheesecloth into the mixture to help release the flavors. Be sure to skim off any foam.
Boil for about 25 minutes, continuously stir and skim off foam. You will start to feel the mixture thicken. At about 45 minutes, add the pectin. You can also do a test to see if the jam is firm by putting a bit on a cold plate and setting it in the fridge for 5 minutes.
Once you feel the mixture is firm enough, turn off the heat, compost your cheesecloth, and prepare your jars.
You want to fill up the jars but leave a 1/4″ head space. Process them in a water bath canner for 10 minutes.
Once you have processed them, remove from water and let them sit on a kitchen cloth for 24 hours. You will hear the wonderful pop of sealed cans. I suggest you make yourself some chamomile tea and sit somewhere you can hear the pop. That way you can have a smug smile on your face and brag to your husband when he questions your facial expressions.