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Spiced Blueberry Jam

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This is an easy and delicious recipe for Spiced Blueberry Jam. The recipe itself is from Alton Brown, so you know it has to be good. It has a strong blueberry flavor, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise. The jam goes well with just about everything, from toast, chicken, pork (my favorite), and even a plain old spoon. Enjoy!
 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies

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Here is an overview of what you will need for the entire process.

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 lbs . Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
3 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Water
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
5 Tablespoons (2 1/2 oz) Cider Vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Star Anise (finely ground)
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
10 - 20 grinds fresh Nutmeg (1/4 teaspoon pre-ground)
1 (1 3/4 oz) Packet of dry Pectin

SUPPLIES:

Large Stockpot or Canning Kettle
Medium Large Saucepan
Hand Masher
Long Set of Pliers or a magnetic Lid-Wand (something for grabbing the lids)
Canning Funnel (optional, but highly recommended)
Canning Tongs (again, optional, but highly recommended)
6 (8 oz.) Jars (with rings and lids)
Dish Towel or Canning Rack (for holding the cans off of the bottom of the pot)
Spice/Coffee Grinder
Lemon Juicer
Nutmeg Grater

Step 2: Making the Jam

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1. You need to grind up the spices, especially the star anise. Put them in the coffee grinder until finely ground.

2. Place blueberries in the saucepan over medium-low heat. Sprinkle with the pectin, followed by the cider vinegar, spice mixture, and lemon juice.

3. Once liquid starts to gather in the bottom of the saucepan, bring the heat up to high, and bring to a boil.

4. After reaching a boil, lower the heat slightly and boil gently for 5 minutes, mashing it occasionally.

5. Mash in the sugar, and add the water. Return to a boil for 1 minute.

Congratulations! You've just made jam! Now, to the preserving section!
tbcross2 years ago
Hi I was just wondering if you could use liquid pectin and anise seed? I couldn't find the dry pectin in our stores and the star anise was a no go. I know aniseseed and star anise are not the same but they do have a similar flavor.
Eldjotnar (author)  tbcross2 years ago
You can substitute both. For the anise, I would add about the same amount, but maybe a little less. Liquid pectin will work, but 1 Tbsp liquid pectin = 2 tsp powdered pectin.
Thanks! I appreciate the help, I haven't canned since I was a kid in high school and even then I just helped my gran, Oh and is that a dalek in your avatar pic?? I love Dr. Who! I've just started watching it and I'm hooked! :)
Eldjotnar (author)  tbcross2 years ago
It is a Dalek! And Doctor Who is one of my favorites as well!