Thursday, November 29, 2018

Blueberry Jam

Planning for this year's Christmas boxes is well under way, and I have taken another step in the project by making another item for 12 of the boxes - small jars of blueberry jam.

I used this recipe for blueberry jam from  It was very easy to make, just time consuming in that you have to stay close by the jam while it is on the stove so that it doesn't burn while your back is turned.  The jam gets a terrific citrus-flavoured lift from the addition of Cointreau, which not only brightens the flavour, but makes the jam a little less sweet.

To make the jam look a little bit fancy, I added some free labels from A Family Feast and CSR Sugar:

If you have a yen to make this easy blueberry jam, you will need:

4 x 125g punnets blueberries
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup Cointreau
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Put all of the ingredients into a large heavy based saucepan.  Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.  Allow the jam to simmer for 30-35 minutes or until the jam reaches the correct consistency (ie when you put some onto a plate that has been in the freezer and run your finger through it, the jam does not run back to fill the gap).

Spoon the hot jam into sterilised jars, put the lid onto the jars and turn the jars upside down to allow the hot jam to contact all the surfaces of the jars, then turn the jars the right way up.  Allow the jam to cool completely in the jars before adding labels.  Makes ~ 500ml jam.

Give as gifts or enjoy yourself!


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I've tried microwave jam and it worked really well! It also means that you don't have to stay close by to the stove. Still, I've only tried it once and somehow still go back to the stovetop method.

Cakelaw said...

About 10 years ago, I tried making chilli jam in the microwave, and it set up like toffee, so I am gun shy of microwave jam now. That said, I burned a batch of stovetop kumquat jam mid this year by failing to pay attention to it.

Johanna GGG said...

love your labels and now I think I should check if there is cointreau left in the back of the cupboards. Sounds lovely and worth your time hovering over the stove.