Thursday, July 21, 2011

put the lime in the blueberry {and a recipe}

This summer we decided one of the things we wanted to accomplish was learning how to can produce.
So, yesterday we began our canning adventure by making blueberry lime jam.
I know.
Blueberries and limes. What?
I would have never put the two together. However, Mr.Wonderful is a bit more experimental than I am, and I'm glad he is because I really enjoyed how our first batch of jam turned out.
It would be awesome on pancakes so we might be eating pancakes smothered in this flavorful goodness this morning.
Next up are strawberry preserves and pickled peaches, oh and BBQ sauce and maybe salsa.
I know what you are getting for Christmas :)

Do you know how to can/preserve?
What's your favorite thing to make?

If you have never canned before you can buy this canner set, a recipe book and jars from Target.
Here is the recipe taken from the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving:
Yield: about 6 half-pints (well it did 8 for us)

4 1/2 cups blueberries
5 cups sugar (yeah that's a lot)
6 tablespoons Ball Classic Pectin
1 tablespoon grated lime peel
1/3 cup lime juice

Crush blueberries one layer at a time. Combine crushed blueberries and classic pectin in a large sauce pot. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Stir in grated lime peal and lime juice. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam in necessary. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps. Process 15 minutes in a boiling-water canner.

Enjoy and let me know if you make something!


  1. oh my ... this is heaven in a JAR!!! I might just need to start canning now!!

  2. I love to can! I always enjoy making strawberry jan, but last year I tried a few new things and this one was my favorite: and this is a favorite with my family :

  3. you had me at blueberry...
    I have never canned or pickled or anything. Thanks for the tips on where to start! Perhaps I'll give it a go when we grow a few things (the mister is promising to have a garden next summer).

  4. BBQ sauce? And salsa?!!! Yes, please! You can teach me when you come up to visit next week. You are coming to visit, right?

  5. Blueberry lime jam sounds pretty amazing! I love the collage you put together and your pictures are great! First time to your blog and I am so excited to follow along here!

    P.S Lindsay's with A's are the BEST ;)

  6. Mmmm, that's such a weird combination, but it sounds really good! And I've always wanted to try making preserves... not in my comfort zone yet.

  7. hmmm, are you keeping an eye on the backyard pears on your tree? august is prime month for them to ripen and they make yummy pickled pears, pear honey, pear jam, pear chutney, the list is long. glad you had a great first experience with jam making. you could have used some of the abundance of canning jars we have in the attic, just buy new rings and lids. let me know when you need more!

  8. Sounds so good! My mom used to can when I was younger, but I haven't attempted it on my own yet!

  9. I made this yesterday for teacher/therapist gifts this xmas! YUM. Thanks for posting!


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