Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Blueberries For Sal & Freezer Jam

This morning Holly read Blueberries for Sal to me and then she made some blueberry freezer jam! All by herself!!!

She really enjoyed this activity and was surprised to learn she could make jam so easy... honestly, I am too. I have never made freezer jam - this was new to us both. I found a pectin that did not require any stove top work which was nice for Holly as it kept this pretty simple.

She measured out all the berries, washed them, smashed them, added them to the sugar and pectin mixture for a final mashing and then filled the little canning jars. Really a very simple, easy process that was fascinating to her - as well as a perfect match to this book in which they come home to can blueberries. Can't beat that!

Blueberry Freezer Jam

5 cups of blueberries
2 cups of sugar
6 tablespoons of instant pectin
3 pint canning jars or 6 1/2 pint

Wash and smash the blueberries really well. In a separate bowl mix sugar and instant pectin then add the berries. Mix really, really well for at about 3 minutes. Pour into canning jars leaving about 1/2 inch for expanding in the freezer. Let set for 30 minutes, cap and freeze. You can freeze for up to one year. Use within 3 weeks of opening.

Good Stuff!