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Blueberry-Citrus Preserves Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Amy Mauldin

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 oranges
2 cups sugar
8 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and stems removed
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Directions:
Directions:
Have ready hot, sterilized jars and their lids
Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from one of the oranges in strips about 1" wide. Remove as much pith as possible from the strips and then cut them crosswise into thin strips. Cut both oranges in half and squeeze enough juice to measure 1 cup.
In a large nonreactive saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and orange juice. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is bubbling. Add the blueberries, lemon juice, and zest strips. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 5 - 8 minutes. The mixture should consist of whole berries floating in a dark, thick syrup.
Using a slotted spoon, divide the hot berries among the jars. Ladle the syrup over the berries, covering them completely and leaving 1/4 inch of headspace. Remove any air bubbles and adjust the headspace, if necessary. Wipe the rims clean and seal with the lids, but not too tightly; you'll tighten after processing.
Process the jars for 10 minutes in a boiling-water bath. Remove and place on a rack to cool completely. Label them and share!!! Save at least one jar to enjoy for yourself.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
5 half-pint jars
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
My favorite jam ever, this is a little runny, but so perfect on buttered toast along with a cup of really good coffee. It's also good mixed into plain Greek yogurt, drizzled over vanilla ice cream, or layered into homemade lemon ice cream before freezing. If you're lucky enough to pick your own blueberries, this is the best way to preserve that flavor and enjoy them a little longer.

 

 

 

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