I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Canning Blueberry Syrup

Yummy.  So good on homemade waffles, pancakes or even over ice cream.  I love to can.  That way I just make a mess once.  Homemade syrup is out of this world good.  If you don't want to process your own blueberries just buy some 100% pure blueberry juice.

(6 pints)

*18 cups fresh blueberries (makes about 5 1/2 - 6 cups juice)
*4 cups warm water
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
*Zest from 2 lemons
*6 cups granulated sugar
*8 cups warm water
*Juice from 2 freshly squeezed lemons

~Remove any stems or leaves from blueberries (only if you plan on using the pulp).
~Mix blueberries, 4 cups water, cinnamon and lemon zest into a large pot.
~Bring to a low boil over medium heat.
~Boil for 5 minutes.
~Line several layers of cheesecloth over a deep bowl (I like to put a large rubber band over the ends of the cheesecloth and the bowl).
~Gently pour blueberry mixture over cheesecloth.
~Allow to drip for 3-4 hours.
~Discard blueberry pulp (I use it to make a blueberry cake or blueberry crisp).
~Bring water to a boil in canner.
~Sterilize jars, lids & rings.
~In a large stainless steel pot, combine sugar and remaining water.
~Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar.
~Cook sugar water until the temperature reaches 230 degrees (about 10-15 minutes).
~Add blueberry juice.
~Turn heat to high.
~Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
~Boil for 5-6 minutes, stirring often.
~Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice
~Ladle syrup into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
~Wipe rim clear of any residue (will not seal if this step in not done).
~Place lid and ring on jar.
~Place in boiling water canner for 10 minutes.
~Remove from water and allow to cool on the counter or table (I always put a towel over the surface first).
~Allow to sit for 24 hours before storing.
~Make sure all the jars have sealed.

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