Blueberry preserves are a wonderful way to enjoy the flavor of fresh blueberries. Try this simple recipe and discover new ways to use your homemade preserves.
What's the difference between blueberry preserves, jam and jelly
Homemade blueberry preserves
- In a large saucepan, heat the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and zest until boiling.
- Use a potato masher to gently mash the mixture. If you like a bit of texture, don’t mash too hard to allow for some of the blueberries to keep their shape.
- Continue to boil, stirring frequently. The preserve mixture should begin to thicken, which should take about 20-25 mins. The mixture should reach 221 degrees.
If you need to use the preserves that day for a particular recipe, you can store them in the fridge until required.
If you prefer to can and store the preserves, pour them into glass jars, capped tightly. They can be kept in the fridge for up to 1 month.
Here are a few fun ideas for making the most of your fabulous homemade blueberry preserves:
- Flavor your own yogurt! Do away with fruit in the corner pots and make it yourself, by adding your preserves to your favorite natural yogurt.
- Add blueberry preserves to juice or milk (or both!) and freeze into popsicle molds.
- Use as a filling for eye-catching thumbprint cookies.
- Make your own Pop Tarts and use the preserves as the filling!
Still have some fresh blueberries to use up? Then why not try your hand at creating some gorgeous blueberry jelly too!