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    Posted: 19 July 2016 at 11:39
Well, as is typical this time of year, my blueberry bush is exploding and I was looking for something beyond blueberry pie (and muffins, and pancakes, etc.) to do with them and I came across this interesting recipe for small batch, honey-sweetened, blueberry jam. It looked interesting, especially since I love honey, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

The recipe is simplicity itself...

1.5 pounds blueberries
8 oz honey
juice of half a lemon (I didn't have any lemons so I used 1 tablespoon of lime juice)

Wash the berries, then add to a large skillet. Apparently a wide skillet with straight sides is best because we want the berries in a thin layer so the heat can penetrate quickly. More on that later.

Mash the berries well and mix in the honey and lemon juice.

Bring to a boil and reduce for about 10 minutes. When you draw a spatula or spoon through it, it should leave a clear trail for a little bit.

That's it, you're done. At this point you can store it in the refrigerator, or process in a water bath canner for longer storage.

The recipe makes 2-3 half pints of jam. I was able to get a pint jar and a half pint jar full.

Now, back to why you use the wide skillet instead of a pot. From what I read you need the berries to heat up rapidly, otherwise the pectin from the berries won't react correctly and the jam won't setup nice and firm. I suppose if you want to make syrup that would be fine. This is also the reason why it makes a very small batch. The original recipe warned not to try to double the recipe because it won't setup right, instead make several small batches and combine them.

Anyway, I love the taste of this stuff and will definitely make some more as soon as the next batch of berries from my bush are ready. I might experiment with some herbs in the mix as well. Maybe sage, or mint. Or maybe some lavender from my bush. We'll see.

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    I really need to plant a blueberry and a raspberry bush this year!

   Thanks for sharing, sounds great

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We just had blueberry syrup on pancakes with scrambled eggs and bacon for dinner tonight. Perhaps you would like this recipe. It's from Taste of Home.

Blueberry Syrup

1/4 C brown sugar
1 T cornstarch
1/4 C orange juice
1 C blueberries
1/4 t vanilla

Combine sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in OJ until smooth. Stir in berries. Bring to boil over medium heat. Cook and stir 1-2 additional minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

The original recipe was attached to a puff pancake recipe. For use with regular pancakes, I thinned with about 1/4 C water.

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Sounds delightful ( both these  blueberry recipes )


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