Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Blueberry Ginger Jam


Making jam is really a cathartic experience for me. 

Making jam is the ultimately domestic cooking experience along with baking bread. Lucky that the two go perfectly together. Lately I've made my jams instead of buying them at the store. While I haven't gotten to a large enough quantity for canning and storing them in my pantry, I'm heading in my direction. Recently my best friend started canning large quantities of soups and other goodies. When it was time to put together Christmas goody bags, she said it was like shopping in your own pantry: easy and stress free.

I'm a fan of stress free.


I've continued to gain strength from my recent bout with the flu and yesterday I decided as I was making dinner, that I was cook some new jam. There were frozen blueberries and fresh ginger and a new jam was born. This recipe is a skillet recipe. Just add all the ingredients in a skillet and put in a jar. No need to seal it off as it makes enough for one jar which is perfect for the Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches we'll have in the next month along with a few smears on toast for breakfast.

A comforting way to regroup after the holidays. Now it's time for me to make plans for canning this beautiful jam. I can wait to see my pantry full of jam.



Blueberry Ginger Jam
2 bags of 16 oz frozen blueberries
2 cups sugar
6 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp grated ginger

Combine the blueberries and sugar together and add the juice and ginger. Bring to a boil on medium high and let reduce down for about 20 minutes.  Test to see if the jam is ready. Let cool and then put in a jar with a lid and put in the refrigerator for up to a month.


17 comments:

  1. WOW, that looks just fantastic! I am not brave enough to try and make jam myself yet. Although I do love homemade jam, there is just nothing like it!

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  2. I have not made jam since a failed attempt over 25 years ago. Your simple recipe looks easy enough to try; I've been on a ginger kick lately and the blueberry/ginger combo sounds great!

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  3. I love "putting up" my own jams. I couldn't wait to click on over when I saw that photo and just that title alone conjures up the best taste in your mouth.
    Beautiful!

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  4. Interesting addition that ginger! I put cloves in my blueberry jam ... and yes! Making jam is a cathartic experience! I feel very powerful to have fooled Mother Nature into allowing me to have those berries whenever I please!

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  5. I'm a proud new owner of my very first jam book. I hope I'll be able to do the recipes justice like you've done here. I'm a bit intimidated by the process but I'm so excited for the rewards. Blueberry and ginger sound like a wonderful combination.

    By the way, I see that you're from Chatanooga--my maternal grandfather is from there. Have family I've never met--Signal Mountain, I believe.

    Cheers!

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  6. I have never made jam, but this looks devine!

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  7. blueberry and ginger - love the combo!

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  8. Jam-making is such an addictive habit. :) I love the combination of blueberry and ginger in this one... I bet it makes the house smell absolutely divine while it's cooking!

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  9. Two of my favorite flavors! And like you, I also love stress free!

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  10. Interesting combination. I LOVE ginger. This looks fantastic, thanks for the recipe. I just made my first loaf of bread the other day. This will pair perfectly. Time to make my first jam!! I love how your friend described Christmas gifting as shopping in her pantry. I think you should show a picture of your pantry when you've canned and stored all your jams. That would be pretty awesome =)

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  11. Blueberries are such luxuries. I never made jam with it because it costs too much. I wish they were cheaper!

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  12. Wow, this is bright and fresh ad will definitely chase away the cold. I love ginger in jam, it just makes the fruit pop without taking anything away from it.

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  13. The flavor combination of this jam sounds amazing! I've recently started making jams and canning. An addiction fueled by my mom passing her canning supplies on to me!

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  14. Love making little jars of jam! You can really taste the difference in homemade because the commercial brands use corn syrup which I think deadens the flavor of the fruit. We have blueberries in the freezer and a large hunk of ginger in the fridge, think I'll make some of this today! : )

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  15. Wow, it seems delicious! I have made ​​strawberry jam and I love to jam a variety of fruit. I am interested to make a jam that you created due to a combination of jam you really make me want to try it at home. Thank you for sharing the recipe and I will wait for recipe ideas from you next...

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