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Spiced Blueberry Marmalade is on my schedule this weekend!
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Posted to Thread #15873 at 2:15 pm on Aug 16, 2009
SPICED BLUEBERRY MARMALADE
Preserving the Taste by Edon Wyacott
There can never be too many blueberry recipes for me. Yet, when I tried to create a blueberry jam, I was disappointed. The color was there, of course, the flavor was not. I found that adding citrus compensated for the lack of pectin in the berries and gave texture to the marmalade. Cinnamon provides a subtle spicy warmth.
Makes 5 half-pint jars
¼ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
4 cups fresh blueberries, washed and destemmed
3 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of freshly grated nutmeg
1. Peel the lemon and orange to produce wide strips of zest. Cut peel into very thin shreds. Place the zest in a shallow pan with 1-½ cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook on high heat for 10 minutes.
2. Using a sharp knife cut the ends off the ends of the fruit. Then using the knife cut away the white pith exposing the fruit beneath. Remove the pulp of the orange and lemon from the membranes and to the peel. Squeeze the membranes to extract any juice. Add this to the other juice and add to the pot. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes more. Add the blueberries, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the citrus mixture. Bring the marmalade to a boil and continue cooking, uncovered, for 20 minutes. The blueberries will pop open and the mixture will begin to thicken slightly and appear glossy.
3. Turn off the heat and remove a small amount of marmalade to a saucer and place in the freezer for 5 minutes. If the mixture wrinkles as a whole (not just a skin on top) when pushed to one side with a finer, it is ready to be jarred. This jam will thicken a great deal as it cools, so avoid overcooking.
4. Lade into hot sterilized jars, wipe the rims clean with a damp towel, and seal with new lids and metal rims. Process in a hot water bath for 5 minutes. Remove, cool, and check seals, label, and store.
NOTE: I use cinnamon sticks rather than ground cinnamon. I add it with the juices. Also I use very little sugar in my jam. I start with 1 cup of sugar and adjust from there. Sometimes it makes a runny jam but I don’t have that problem with this one.
Other messages in this thread:
- 15873. Have we ever had a JAM and JELLY thread? Would love to see everyone's favorite recipes. [NT] - cheezz - 7:49pm on 08/15/09 (24)
- I don't think so and I think that is a great idea! I am making apricot something - Dawn_MO - 8:24pm on 08/15/09
- I ended up making a rather tart apricot jam/butter - Dawn_MO - 10:43pm on 08/15/09
- REC: Aunt Emme's Jalapeno Pepper Jelly - Dawn_MO - 8:26pm on 08/15/09
- here's a link to two I posted way back for tomatoes. love tomato jam! [NT] [LINK] - Randi - 8:30pm on 08/15/09
- This is my Gramma's Chili Sauce, but it's more like a jam - lorijean - 9:28pm on 08/15/09
- Oh, does this look good! Never heard of the marble trick -- great idea! [NT] - PatBastrop - 1:52am on 08/16/09
- I've posted this on the Larder Barter but if anyone hasn't seen it, here's what I've made this year. - Steve2 in LA - 10:16pm on 08/15/09
- I am the very lucky recipient of Steve's Olallieberry Jam and Pineapple White Fig Jam via jam swap.. - Barbara in VA - 11:34pm on 08/15/09
- Gee, thanks Barb. Very kind of you to say. I actually thought I was finished for the year but >>>> - Steve2 in LA - 6:03am on 08/16/09
- I have made a few batches of jam this year and have been using the Sure Jell - Barbara in VA - 11:42pm on 08/15/09
- You could combine the grapes and plums with cardamom. Lots of pectin in the fruit and the - Steve2 in LA - 6:28am on 08/16/09
- I bought some peach jalapeno preserves that I would love the recipe for. Anyone? [NT] - Janet in NC - 1:56pm on 08/16/09
- I found this recipe for Mango Jalapeno Jelly, - Dawn_MO - 4:03pm on 08/16/09
- Spiced Blueberry Marmalade is on my schedule this weekend! - AGM_Cape_Cod - 2:15pm on 08/16/09
- Seems that a little gin in the mix is the trick to making blueberry flavors "pop". Interesting, huh? [NT] - Steve2 in LA - 3:50am on 08/24/09
- so, adding blueberries to gin and tonics would be a good thing? [NT] - AngAk - 5:39pm on 08/24/09
- REC: Tomato Jam from Steve2 in LA [NT] [LINK] - cheezz - 1:48am on 08/21/09
- REC: White Fig and Rhubarb Jam - Steve2 in LA - 6:54am on 08/21/09
- REC: Aleta's Spicy Peach Preserves [LINK] - Dawn_MO - 6:55pm on 08/21/09
- Zucchini Jam from AngAK [LINK] - cheezz - 3:43am on 09/11/09
- CRANBERRY RASPBERRY PRESERVES - AGM_Cape_Cod - 10:07pm on 09/19/09
- This looks great, AGM!! It will definately be on the "to try" list this fall [NT] - DawnNYS - 2:20pm on 10/01/09
- REC: Tomato Jam, from Dawn_MO [LINK] - cheezz - 8:48pm on 09/28/09
- Rec: Curry-Apple Corn Relish - DawnNYS - 2:17pm on 10/01/09