6 cups of smashed blueberries (you’ll need 8-10 cups of unsquashed berries to equal this amount)
4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons classic pectin powder
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Prepare a canning pot and 3 pint jars. Place 3 lids in a small saucepan and bring to a bare simmer.
Pour the smashed berries into a low, wide, non-reactive pot. Measure out the sugar and whisk in the powdered pectin. Add the sugar and pectin mixture to the fruit and stir to combine.
Once the sugar is mostly dissolved, place the pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Cook at a controlled boil for 10 to 15 minutes, until the fruit begins to look thick and any foaming has begun to subside.
Add cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest and juice and let jam continue to cook until it passes the plate test, or until the drips hang off the spatula in thick, sticky rivulets.
Remove jam from heat and funnel into prepared jars. Wipe rims, apply lids and rings, and process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.
When time is up, remove jars from canner and place them on a folded kitchen towel to cool.
Once jars are cool enough to handle, remove rings and test seals.
Sealed jars can be stored on the pantry shelf for up to one year. Any unsealed jars should be refrigerated and used promptly.
1 quart apple cider
1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
5-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon five spice powder (cassia cinnamon, cloves, star anise, anise seed, and ginger)
7 half pint jars, lids, and rings
Preheat oven to 200. Place jars, lids and rings on a cookie sheet in the oven, and leave for at least 20 minutes.
In a large sauce pan combine the apple cider, pectin, and lemon juice, over high heat. Stir constantly. When the mixture boils, quickly stir in sugar. Continue stirring until the mixture boils for 2 minutes.
Remove from the heat. Skim off any foam that may have formed on the top of the jelly. Stir in the five spice powder before you pour the hot jelly into sterilized jars. Be sure to leave a fourth of an inch from the top unfilled.
Put lids and rings onto the jars, wiping off any jelly that may have gotten on the sides. Seal firmly and invert, lid side down on the counter for one hour. Return to right-side-up and store. Once opened keep refrigerated.
5 cups apple cider
1 cinnamon stick
1 strip lemon or orange zest
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
2 cups granulated sugar
1 package low or no sugar needed powdered pectin (such as Ball)
1 cup packed brown sugar
If you are going to preserve the jelly, prepare the jars and lids: place six half-pint jars on a rack in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the jars, and bring to boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes, then turn off heat and allow the jars to rest in the hot water. Meanwhile, put bands and lids in a small saucepan and cover with water. Heat over medium heat until the water is simmering, then remove the pan from heat and allow the bands and lids to rest in hot water until ready to use.
Measure 1/4 cup of granulated sugar into a small bowl and add the pectin. In another medium bowl, combine the remaining 1 3/4 cups of granulated sugar and the brown sugar. Set aside.
Pour the apple cider into a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Tie the cinnamon stick, lemon zest, and cloves in piece of cheesecloth and add it to the pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add the sugar-pectin mixture and return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining sugar mixture and return to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for one minute.
Remove the pot from the heat and discard the cheesecloth. Skim any foam from the surface of the jelly with a cold metal spoon.
Ladle the hot jam into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe rims of the jars, cover with lids, and screw bands on until just barely tight. Place jars on rack in pot and cover completely with water. Cover pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes. Turn off heat, uncover pot, and allow jars to rest in water for five minutes. Remove jars from pot and allow them to rest undisturbed on countertop for six hours or overnight.
6-7 cups yellow honeysuckle blossoms, remove green tips
6 tablespoons powdered pectin
4 cups of boiling hot water
1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice
4 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
Gather your honeysuckle blossoms. Remove all greens and debris. Rinse in a colander.
When removing the green tips don’t remove the stamen, it will pull all that amazing flavor out.
Boil 4 cups of water.
Place the honeysuckle blossoms in a tall jar or pitcher with a lid, and pour the hot boiling water over them. Allow this to sit for 12 hours (overnight).
Using a sieve, strain the flowers from the Infusion Water.
Heat the infusion water in a large pot on the stove until boiling. Add the powdered pectin and the lemon juice. Boil for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
Stir in the sugar and heat continue heating on medium high stirring constantly.
When the mixture hits 220 degrees you’re done.
Ladle the liquid into the jars leaving about a 1/2″ of head space at the top.
Seal the jar with the lids. Flip the jars upside down for about 10 minutes.
Flip them upright and place in a cool, dry place for 24 hours to continue cooling. You should hear them pop when they seal.
When completely cooled, be sure to test jars for proper sealing.