Blueberry lemon jam is amazing on its own; a true product of the best things about summer. Add in a Ball FreshTECH giveaway with lots of canning goodies, and you've got a great thing going!
The arrival of July is a long-anticipated event in my little upstate NY kitchen. Even though strawberries are the star in June as soon as they are ripe for the picking, I’m already looking ahead. You see, July is where all the action is when it comes to fruit – late summer strawberries, red and golden raspberries, sweet and tart cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, and of course, blueberries.
It doesn’t matter to me how hot it gets outside; my jam pot will continue bubbling away with preserves just about every weekend throughout the summer. My oven will be working too, baking up fruit pies, crumbles, and other fruit-centric baked goods. After a long winter that normally spills well into spring, I don’t mind a little extra heat as I’m preserving away a small piece of summer to get us through the coming months when that inevitable chill arrives in the air once again.
There’s nothing fancy about this blueberry jam, and that’s why I love it so much. It’s good old simple blueberry jam, with a little bit of lemon just to give a touch of brightness to the plump, juicy berries. Of course, you can add a pinch of cinnamon or your own favorite spice if you like – I often do when I’m cooking up batch after batch to add a little variety – that’s the beauty of small-batch preserving!
This jam is perfect on your morning pancakes, but works equally well stirred right into the pancake batter for very blueberry pancakes. I often cook the jam without any commercial pectin as well (more like grandma used to make!) so that it has a softer set, making a wonderful for topping ice cream. It’s also lovely folded into fresh whipped cream, or beaten into frosting for vanilla cupcakes. The possibilities are endless!
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