Wellness For The Family: Preserving Summer Produce with Canning

Preserving the fruits of summer well into winter is a great family tradition many share.

We are jamming with Registered Dietician Grace Derocha, with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, about canning summer’s blueberries.

Homemade Blueberry Jam

Ingredients

  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 3 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. With a potato masher or other utensil, crush 1 cup of berries in a medium non-reactive saucepan.
  3. Add remaining 3 cups of berries and ½ cup of water to pan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook and stir occasionally with a wooden spoon to break up blueberries. Do so for about 6 minutes or until berries are soft.
  4. Meanwhile, spread sugar out on a rimmed baking sheet and heat in oven for about 5 minutes, until warm.
  5. Slowly stir sugar into berries in pan. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low, cook at a slow boil until thickened for about 45 minutes to an hour. Refrigerate jam in airtight containers up to 2 weeks, or store in sealed, sterilized jars up to 6 months.

For more recipes and health and wellness tips, visit AHealthierMichigan.org.

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