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Blueberry Maple Jam – Canning What You Grow

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The pectin calculator can be found here



4 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup maple syrup

5 tablespoons Ball® RealFruit™ Low or No-Sugar Needed Pectin

1 ½ cups of brown sugar

3 tablespoons bottled lemon juice

Yields 6 half-pint jars


Prepare hot water bath, jars, rings and lids.

Combine blueberries with maple syrup and lemon juice in a non-reactive pot. Mash gently. Gradually stir in Ball® RealFruit™ Pectin.  Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, over high heat, stirring constantly.

Add brown sugar. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary.

Test and check set.

Ladle hot jam into hot jars, one at a time, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars. Apply bands and adjust to fingertip tight.

Place filled jars in canner, ensuring jars are covered by 1 to 2 inches of water. Place lid on canner. Bring water to gentle, steady boil.

Process jars for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitute. Turn off heat, remove lid and let jars stand for 5 minutes.

Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours.


Slow Cooker Pear or Apple Butter – Canning What You Grow

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Holly shows how to make and can pear butter in the slow cooker. Same method can be used for making apple butter.

8 pounds whole apples or pears
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cinnamon sticks

Clean, peel, and roughly chop pears.
In batches, puree pears in a food processor or blender, transfer to slow cooker.
Mix in sugar with pear puree.
Add cinnamon sticks.
Turn slow cooker on low and let it sit for 6-24 hours, until desired consistency is reached. You can remove the lid for faster cooking.
Once pear butter is ready prepare jars, rings, lids and a hot water bath canner. Be sure to remove cinnamon sticks.
Once pear butter is almost to a boil fill pint jars leaving ¼ inch headspace. Process in half pints or pints for 10 minutes.
Recipe will yield approximately 4 half-pints but can be doubled.