Thursday, July 8, 2010

I love homegrown blueberries!

My dad has a Christmas Tree Farm...and a little land to play around with in the summer months! He planted a blueberry bush a few years ago, and we have been enjoying loads of fresh berries every summer. This year, in addition to eating bowls full of them for breakfast, I decided to try making Blueberry Jam. I found a very simple recipe- only took about 5 minutes to make! I halved the recipe, because I am the only one that will eat the jam. The only ingredients are sugar, blueberries and lemon jell-o!
A .30 oz package of jell-o is about 3 tsp so I used 1 1/2 tsp for my recipe with 1 cup of sugar and 2 cups of blueberries. Place these ingredients in a saucepan over high heat.
After about 1 minute, the berries started to break down. I crushed a bunch of them with a fork.

After boiling for 2 minutes, the sauce started to thicken and took on the beautiful dark purple color!

I poured the mixture into two jars and stuck in the refrigerator overnight.

The finished product!

And for breakfast, a toasted Whole Wheat English Muffin smeared with this gorgeous jam! After tasting it, I know I will use about half the sugar next time. I even used sugar free jell-o, but this was pretty sweet. Very tasty!!

Dad's Blueberry Bush - covered in tons of gorgeous berries! The net is to keep the birds out.

Robyn was just picking them and eating them straight off the bush.

I am pretty sure there were only 4 blueberries in her bag after 45 minutes of picking. She ate about 70! She is my little blueberry machine :)


  1. What an easy recipe...even I could do this!

  2. "...halved ...because I'm the only one that will eat the jam."!?! Don't you see my hand raised? Anyway, like WW, I may even be able to pull this one off. I love blueberries and have made a blueberry hot sugar slurry of sorts to top pancakes on occasion, so this "actual" recipe is quite appealing. Thanks for posting and picturing.

  3. I'm going to try it again tonight with strawberries!! It is so delicious :)