Saturday, March 17, 2012

Blueberry Preserves

Good morning everyone,
I love berries, especially organically grown blueberries.  They have so much nutrition that our body love and crave.  For example it's loaded with vitamins like A's, B's and  C.  Also, minerals like zinc, iron and selenium. It's  loaded with phyto-nutrient foods I love and so does my body. Google it yourself to find more  info on the "health benefits of Blueberries", you will see.

 Well lucky me because I was given 4 1/2 lbs of fresh organic blueberries.  Well I got smoothied out but I didn't want the rest of these nutritionally power packed berries to go to waste.  So I washed them well and put them in a heavy pot with water to cook on simmer (low heat) for the good part of the afternoon, stirring often. Note, I will not lose the nutritional benefits but I will lose the live healthy emzymes.  But I figure I win some, I lose some.  This is a win win situation here.

After one hour I added one cup of sugar, and 1/2 cup of acidic kombucha vinegar because I have plenty of it, but you could use lemon juice or regular apple cider vinegar, or white.  However, if you don't have any acid juice just cook it down longer.  It'll still work.

I cooked this down (reduced) it  to less then 1/2 the original size, until I got the right spreadable texture.  Note: anyway you like it is the right texture.  If you want a syrup. just add more water and or sugar. If you want it more spreadable, cook it longer.  Simple.

You can store this in a tight container in the refrigerator for several months, or you can freeze it.  You may want to can them for an indefinite amount of time like I did.  So...

I filled my canning jars leaving one inch head-space.  Make sure you take out the air bubbles, and clean the rims well before covering with the simmered lids. Seal, and put them in the canner/water bath for 15 minutes.  Make sure you follow your canning instructions carefully.

Now your preserves are ready to make juice,yogurt, ice cream, jelly sandwiches, top a cake or whatever suits your fancy.  It's ready to go. Again "Lucky Me", out of 4 1/2 pounds of fresh organic blueberries, I got 64 oz of nutritionally power packed organic blueberry preserves.  Yay, i'm a happy camper.

Enjoy and remember "Waste not, want not".  Many blessing folks.:))

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