DOUBLE BLUEBERRY JAM: ORIGINAL GOURMET RECIPE
"Double" is the drawing card for this special blueberry jam recipe –thusly dubbed because it calls for wild Maine blueberries mixed with dried blueberries. Here, homemade jam's familiar smooth, soft texture is studded with plump, chewier nuggets of concentrated blueberry flavor. "Oh my, this is good" is the invariable response.
Served fresh, only fresh berries will do of course. But blueberries freeze very well. In high season, when the prices plummet, Steve fills the freezer. He gets to claim Yankee thrift; I'm a mere bargain-lover, not as classy but heck, I'm from Missouri. Steve uses frozen for his famous baked preparations – story-book pies, bubbling crumbles, rich and buttery crisps. His topping's secret recipe involves sugar cookies. We'll do that one on S.D. next summer folks.
Our local blueberries are as good as any, plump and flavorful. Wild Maine blueberries differ in that they're smaller and pack even more flavor. The easiest way to distinguish them is regular blues have a pale greenish interior, while the wild Maines are dark blue through and through.
Wild blueberries are harder to find and more expensive, so that means they have to be better, right? I am in marketing; I practice what I preach people. But the case of wild blueberries, there is truth in advertising.
NutsOnline is a reliable source of dried fruit. As dried raspberries and dried cherries are also available there might be other Double Fruit Jams in your future.
Bring the crushed blueberries and sugar, mixed well, to a big bad boil in a large pot, stirring as you go. When your boil is going strong, add the dried and cook for two minutes. You want enough just enough cooking time for them to absorb some liquid but if you add them at the beginning they'll lose their tough swagger. Then add the two packages of Certo, and give that pot a good solid minute of full furious boil Stir! .
Remove from heat, ladle into prepared jars, process in a boiling water bath for five minutes.
This recipe makes a dozen 1/2 pint jars.
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