Cantastic! Canned Blueberries

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These canned blueberries are wonderful throughout the year in berry pies, or served in small bowls for breakfast, or over ice cream, or as a berry sauce over pancakes or waffles. And because they are something you made yourself, they make a very special gift to friends and family.

Ingredients:

Fresh picked blueberries, rinsed, at room temperature. Can as many or as few as you wish, but as a guideline, 1-1/4 pints of fresh blueberries will make into one pint of canned.

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Sugar syrup for 7 to 9 pints of blueberries:
-6 cups water
-3 cups sugar for a medium syrup, or 2 cups sugar for a light syrup

 

Equipment:

  • pint canning jars with two-piece lids
  • A jar grabber is helpful if you don’t have heavy-duty rubber gloves
  • 6 or 8 quart cook pot
  • large slotted spoon
  • ladle
  • very large pot for sterilizing the jars
  • rubber gloves
  • clean paper towels cut into small squares
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It’s very helpful to use heavy-duty rubber gloves while canning, to protect your hands from the heat.

1. First, sterilize your equipment. Lids: Fill a small pan with hot water and put both parts of the screwcaps into it – the threaded caps and the flat lids that have the rubber seal. Simmer gently (do not boil) for at least 10 minutes. Jars: Wash them, fill a very large pot with hot water and immerse the jars in it. Cover the pot with a lid, bring the water to a boil, and simmer the jars in the water for at least ten minutes. Keep jars in the water until ready to use.

2. Make syrup: In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water, bring to a boil and simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 15 minutes.

3. Cook and fill: Pour the blueberries gently into the simmering syrup. Once it comes back to a simmer, allow to cook for about two minutes.

4. While the blueberries simmer, remove the jars and lids from their pot of water; place right side up on a clean cloth. Using a slotted spoon, fill canning jars with the blueberries. Be sure to work quickly so temperatures do not drop. Pour boiling syrup into each jar until it is filled to 3/8 inch from the top.

5. Wipe jar rims with a clean, damp paper towel. Immediately put lids on and screw down tightly.

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6. Process in water bath: Submerge the filled jars in a large pot of hot water. Have a metal rack on the bottom of the pan, or a white towel. You just need to make sure there is a barrier between the glass jars and the metal bottom of the pot. Bring to a moderate boil (do not put the filled jars into a pot of boiling water or they will break). Once the water comes to a boil, allow to cook 15 minutes for pints, 20 minutes for quarts.

7. Remove and place on a towel until cool.

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Enjoy customizing your labels with a style of your choice, personalized with your photo and the name you choose for your home made berries!

Jeanne Williamson (138 Posts)

Jeanne and her husband David launched My Own Labels in January of 2000. It was a spin-off of their successful graphic design firm, plus it allowed Jeanne to incorporate her love of baking, making, sewing and creating. Today David and Jeanne continue to be the heart of the operation both creatively and practically.


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