Blueberry Preserves ~ Pectin Free

Blueberries I

I suppose this is what you do when retired?  I’d surely never done this previously…medical care needed?!

You will need:
Complete canning set
Canning jars…I like half pint size
6 cups blueberries
3 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 t lemon zestBlueberries II

Prepare jars and lids (not rims) by boiling in canning pot for 5 minutes.
Keep jars in water while preparing berries.
In large bowl, crush 3 cups berries with potato masher.
Pour in to soup pot.
Crush remaining berries in bowl.
Pour in to soup pot.
Add sugar, lemon zest and juice.
Blueberries IIIBlueberries IVBring to boil over medium-high heat.
Reduce heat to medium low and boil 15 to 20 minutes stirring often.
Skim off any foam.
Remove jars and lids from hot water.
Line them up on counter.
Ladle hot preserves in to hot jars, with 1/4 inch head room.
Place lid and lightly screw on rim.
Prepare canned preserves in boiling water for 10 minutes.
BLueberries VRemove from water and make certain that lids “pop”.
Allow to rest for at least a day.
Good in cool, dark pantry for up to a year.

All of this while wearing my trusty brace.  Thank you Jacob Bosley!

Arthritic Thumb Brace!

Arthritic Thumb Brace!

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