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Canned Blueberry Jam Recipe

Canned Blueberry Jam Recipe

Summer doesn't feel complete without at least one berry picking trip and a batch of homemade blueberry jam. Eat atop fresh scones or biscuits for maximum enjoyment! —Marisa McClellan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Process: 10 min./batch YIELD:72 servings


  • 8 cups fresh blueberries
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 pouches (3 ounces each) liquid fruit pectin


  • 1. Place blueberries in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Transfer to a stockpot. Stir in the sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, lemon peel and nutmeg. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in pectin. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • 2. Remove from the heat; skim off foam. Ladle hot mixture into hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield: 9 half-pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 74 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 19g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

Reviews for Canned Blueberry Jam

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Pitollie User ID: 7254358 252332
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2016

"I made this and like others said, it is runny. I am hoping like heck it sets up - but I doubt it. If I had any extra dry pectin on hand, I would have added a couple of tablespoons. Since I have an electric stove, I have a really hard time getting the temp to the 220, at which point the fruit releases pectin. So, I'm wondering if the folks who have runny jams is because the juice just can't get hot enough (that's why I often have to add extra pectin). I did water bath it, as i read the FDA no longer thinks paraffin seals are safe as they - at times - don't cover the entire food - causing a way for bacteria to get in. I did add the nutmeg and followed the recipe exactly. If mine doesn't set up better, I will redo it and add some dry pectin."

sallydil User ID: 8860100 248280
Reviewed May. 16, 2016

"I haven't made this yet. One person said it was runny - BB jam is always a little runnier than others though - Did you use less sugar? I like to use less sugar but that can cause runniness. My question is - what do they mean by "cover" the blueberries in the processor? Cover with water? Put the top on the machine? Weird and not clear! That could be where the recipe is gong sideways for some people. We just picked beautiful fresh blueberries yesterday and I want to get it right - so if anybody has input, it will be appreciated!"

Dicedealer64 User ID: 8810620 245696
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

"I followed this recipe to the letter! It came out looking like blueberry juice! Can anyone tell me what happened???"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 229587
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2015

"The water bath process is essential for long term storage. Relying on the heat of the jam to seal the jars simply isn't enough to ensure that bacteria won't develop. Please follow proper canning guidelines whenever you preserve food.

Sue Stetzel
Online Community Manager
Taste of Home"

mgrundmeyer User ID: 8433039 228781
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2015

"First time jam maker and I love the taste of this with the extra flavored. Excellent. Waiting to see how well it sets up as I just made it this evening."

jeg201479 User ID: 8248153 219871
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2015

"If you add a little margarine to the pot you shouldn't have much foam. Good recipe."

NiciC User ID: 7983264 151404
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"My first time making and tasting Blueberry Jam, I added it too my list of holiday giving jars at the request of friends. Love the taste of the berries with the spices and lemon zest, this is a keeper!"

MissJR User ID: 6189647 212929
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"This was an excellent recipe! I added both cinnamon and nutmeg. I also added 1 teaspoon of ginger. It was delicious!"

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 196677
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2013

"I love everything blueberries and I just bought some this week on sale which makes it even better! After reading some of the other reviews, I, too, cut down on the sugar. Since I am not a huge fan of nutmeg, I omitted that altogether.

And like some of the others, I too, didn't do the hot water bath."

mrsh318 User ID: 3583996 196403
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"This was an easy recipe to make. I have made blueberry jams before but not used spices. I did think it was a big too much nutmeg for me as I could really taste it for some reason. Great recipe for gift giving!"

sharonduncan User ID: 5102682 182495
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2013

"Why are you suggesting a water bath for jam my mother put jam in hot jars and let set up and then put wax over it?"

vonoepen User ID: 4967300 198168
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"I have not made this yet. My Mom put up apple sauce for 70 yrs without the water canning method. Just boiled jars, filled with hot apple mixture and sealed. Always lasted over a year. Is it necessary to do the canning step as stated. Eileen"

jessie.sharon User ID: 2124190 195742
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"I love blueberry jam - it's my favorite - and this was made unique with the addition of the spices. DELICIOUS!!!"

francescoralee User ID: 899994 212928
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012

"I cut down a little bit on the sugar. I liked the spices in it. It made it a little different. I think I will enter it in the fair this year."

francescoralee User ID: 899994 193460
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012

"It was very good. I cut down a little on the sugar. I liked the spices in it also."

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