Category Archives: Canning


blueberry jam

I love blueberries and I love making jams and jellies so when I get blueberries, some will go into the freezer and some will be canned.

I must confess that though I love making jams, I don’t really eat a lot of it for breakfast.  I do however, use my jams in recipes like muffins and cupcakes.

I usually use my old Ball Blue Book of Preserving for my canning recipes and that is where this recipe for Blueberry Jam comes from.  I did however, add lemon juice because I like to add a little tartness into my sweet jams.


  • 9 cups of crushed Blueberries
  • 6 cups of Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice


Pear Preserves with Vanilla & Cinnamon


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I’m having Deja vu as I sit staring at a bowl of beautiful pears.  I have had an abundance of fruit this year and I constantly find myself staring at bowls of fruit contemplating what I want to make with them.

The recipe I’m sharing in this post is for pear preserves.   I used the peelings from these pears to make the pear honey and it turned out amazing.   I will be posting the recipe for that later.

This recipe turn out so great that I decided to make some apple preserves using the same recipe.  You can check out my Apple Preserves recipe here.

Cinnamon ~ Vanilla Apple Preserves


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The pear preserves I made tasted so great that I decided to use the same recipe for my Cinnamon Vanilla Apple Preserves.  The only changes I made was to add less sugar.  I made three batches making the first batch exactly like the pears and decreasing the sugar on the second and third batches.  The apples I used were sweet and didn’t need all of the extra sugar.  My advise would be to start with less sugar and do a taste test adding sugar as needed.

Strawberry ~ Banana Jam

Strawberry / banana jam

Here is my strawberry/banana jam.  It’s probably been 20 years since I last made this combo and after tasting it I’m wondering what took so long.  It is soooo delicious.  I just finished this batch and I am sitting here with a piece toast slathered in the still warm jam as I type this.  My fingers are sticking to the keys as I type (I tend to be a little messy).

Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam

I ended up with a  lot of strawberries this year (I’m a lucky girl) so I have been making Strawberry Jam and jelly, strawberry/banana jam, strawberry syrup, and canning just the strawberries.   As you can tell by all of the canning recipes this summer, I have been canning A LOT !  That’s ok because this winter I will pull those warm biscuits out of the oven, slather on some butter, and spread on my fresh jelly.

Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try…..


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