Hello my name is Paige, and I have a cookbook problem.
You should know this about me by now. And damn the Internet to Hell. I’m the one who goes and actually buys the cookbooks, and then discovers the same recipe is online.
I much prefer my paper copies that show the love of the many rounds of use the book has received.
Here’s to recipes that stand the test of time. And cookbooks that can be handed down from generation to generation.
My daughter joined me today to make Blueberry Lime Jam, and she knows fist-hand how homemade jam trumps anything you buy at the grocery store, so it’s high time at 19 years old that she start learning the process. I wasn’t too much older when I canned my first batch of jam.
Before this jam, I was never a massive fan of blueberry jam. It was too something. Maybe too sweet. Maybe too blueberry. Maybe I just liked blueberries off the bush and in my cereal or muffins. I dunno.
But what I do now know is that the addition of lime to blueberries is sublime. Blueberry serendipity.
Blueberry-Lime Jam (From Ball’s Blue Book of Preserving)
4 1/2 cups blueberries
1 package powdered pectin
5 cups sugar
1 T. grated lime peel
1/3 cup lime juice
1. Crush blueberries one layer at a time. I do this in the pot, and I don’t crush them hard. Jam should have bits of fruit in it. The heat will break the berries down. See?
2. Combine crushed blueberries and powdered pectin in a large saucepot.
3. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
4. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved.
5. Stir in grated lime peel and lime juice.
6. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary.
7. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps.
8. Process 15 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yields about 6 half-pints. Because of my daughter’s skimpy idea of what 5 cups looked like, we only yielded 5 half pints.
I nagged my daughter about every detail of the canning process. Like I said to her, this isn’t my 1st rodeo with canning, and while I know what corners to cut, she needs to learn before she just assumes. I believe nagging will make her a better, more successful person. Besides, Science has my back on this.
Whatever magic happens in the kitchen – my daughter gets nagged and becomes more successful, or limes and blueberry make delicious jam, it’s worthy of your time to make this jam.
And if you don’t can, find someone who does and have them make this for you.
Or send me $10, and it’ll cover the jam and shipping.
Go pick some blueberries.