Blueberry-Lavender Jam is a low-sugar or low-honey cooked jam made with Pomona’s Pectin. Pomona’s Pectin contains no sugar or preservatives and jells reliably with low amounts of any sweetener. See below for where to buy.
Yield: about 2 ½ cups
Before You Begin:
Prepare calcium water. To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well. Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.
Blueberry-Lavender Jam Ingredients
2 cups mashed blueberries
1 Tablespoon dried lavender buds
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon calcium water
1/3 cup up to ½ cup honey or ½ cup up to 1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon Pomona’s pectin powder
Blueberry-Lavender Jam Directions
1. Wash jars, lids, and bands. Place jars in canner, fill canner 2/3 full with water, bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and keep jars in hot canner water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small sauce pan; cover and heat to a low boil. Turn off heat and keep lids in hot water until ready to use.
2. Measure sugar or honey into a separate bowl. Thoroughly mix 1 teaspoon pectin powder into sweetener.
3. Wash and mash the blueberries; measure fruit into saucepan. Add lavender buds, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon calcium water to the fruit and stir well.
4. Bring to a boil and simmer to soften lavender buds, about 5 minutes.
5. Bring fruit to a full boil. Add pectin-sweetener mixture, stirring vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes to dissolve the pectin while the jam comes back up to a boil. Once the jam returns to a full boil, remove it from the heat.
6. Fill hot jars to ¼” of top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids. Put filled jars in boiling water to cover. Boil 10 minutes (add 1 minute more for every 1,000 ft. above sea level). Remove from water. Let jars cool. Check seals; lids should be sucked down. Eat within 1 year. Lasts 3 weeks once opened.
Apricot-Lavender Jam Option: Can be made using 2 cups washed, chopped, mashed apricots for the blueberries. To soften firm apricots, bring prepared apricots to boil with ¼ cup water and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Also, use 2 teaspoons calcium water and 1 ½ teaspoons Pomona’s Pectin powder.
For more inspiring recipe ideas, see Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin: The Revolutionary Low-Sugar, High-Flavor Method for Crafting and Canning Jams, Jellies, Conserves, and More by Allison Carroll Duffy and the Pomona’s Partners, published by Fair Winds Press, June 2013, and available in paper or ebook everywhere books are sold.
Pomona’s Pectin is available at your local natural food store, food co-op, and many farm stands. Find it also at Sur La Table and a growing number of more conventional grocery stores with natural food sections (Wegmans, Hy-Vee, Rosauers, Nugget Markets, Coborns, Fairway, and others). If you can’t find a store near you on our store locator, you can order from our website or many other online sellers.