Homemade Blueberry Jam

Here we are nearing the end of August and it’s time to start harvesting crops for canning! U-Pick blueberry season just wrapped up and while I would have loved to pick blueberries for homemade jam, it just wasn’t cost effective. Luckily blueberries were on sale at our local supermarket, so we took advantage of the deal. My jam making efforts were a breeze thanks to Ball Canning who sent me a very generous care package of canning supplies including the new FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker and those snazzy vintage blue jars! *sings* I know you want it.


The FreshTech is awesome. It makes jam in 21 minutes! Here, let me show you how I whipped up a batch of blueberry jam using the Sweet and Simple recipe book.



2 2/3 cups crushed berries
3 tbsp pectin
1/2 tsp butter
3 1/3 cups granulated sugar



Using a potato masher, crush berries and set them aside.

Sprinkle pectin evenly on the bottom of the FreshTech pot fitted with stirrer. Add crushed berries evenly over pectin. Add butter to reduce foaming.

Press the jam button on the FreshTech and press enter once the display shows 21 minutes.

In 4 minutes the FreshTech will beep 4 times. Gradually add sugar after the beeps and place lid on the pot.

The jam will continue to stir and cook for 17 minutes. Once the appliance beeps, press cancel and unplug. Begin to ladle jam into jars that have been prepared (disinfected/heated) for canning.

Jam can be refrigerated up to 3 weeks unpreserved. If preserved or frozen, the shelf life is up to a year. If you are new to canning, you can watch Food Network Star, Ted Allen, demo some of his favorite canning recipes on the pre-recorded Can-It-Forward Day webcast.

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Natasha August 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I’ve been dying to try canning! The first thing I would make is a strawberry jam!!

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  • Leona Pullyard August 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM


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  • joseph gersch August 30, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    tomato sauce

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  • Katie August 29, 2013 at 6:10 PM


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  • Vera P. August 29, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    First year with a small veggie garden and I’d love to start canning the things I grow. Tomatoes, carrots, squash, green beans…

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  • Cindy Brickley August 29, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I have a very large garden and I can lots of things. I still look for new canning recipes to try.

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  • Breanne August 29, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    I plan on canning tomatoes

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  • kyl neusch August 28, 2013 at 6:46 PM


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  • Debra Hall August 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    i would can some jams and jellys

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  • Paula Michele Hafner August 28, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    I want to can up some tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce.

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  • Noreen August 28, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Raspberry jam

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  • Monique Rizzo August 26, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Blackberry jam!
    Thanks for the chance.
    [email protected]

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  • Debbie Welchert August 26, 2013 at 4:48 PM


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  • Trista Anderson August 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    I plan on doing some homemade spagetti sauce and blueberry jam

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  • Diane baum August 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Yes, so happy to find this

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  • Blessie Nelson August 26, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    I am planning to can juicy alphonso mangoes and make jams out of them for the winter!

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  • LeAnn V August 25, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    I’ll start canning jams. And I’d love to try and make my own apple butter and can it.

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  • Holly @ Woman Tribune August 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I would like to can tomatoes. My grandmother has been doing them since she was a kid and has been meaning to teach me how to do it as well so we can have fresh tomatoes in the dead of winter. This would be awesome!

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  • Heather! August 25, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    I would can some strawberries…YUM!

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  • Vicki Wurgler August 25, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    I will can green beans, carrots and pickled beets

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  • Cindy Brickley August 25, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    We have a very large garden and I can just about everything in it. I can my own pasta sauces, jalapenos, to zucchini relish. I would love to win this set from Ball.

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  • Tamar August 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    I want to can strawberries

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  • Megan's Cookin' August 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    I would like to make some pepper jelly for Christmas and some cinnamon apple jelly!

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  • mrsshukra August 24, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    I want to can organic fruit jams!

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  • Margot C August 24, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I want to make (and can!) my mother’s famous mango chutney

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  • Robin Wilson August 24, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Oh how I would love to learn how to can. I would gift this to a dear friend who cans veggies and soup base every year. She would love this. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  • Heather August 24, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Strawberry jam!

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  • Debbie August 24, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    I’m planning to can a mixture of tomatoes,corn and okra.

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  • Donnettta August 23, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    I am planning on making pickles and jam.

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  • Kathy S August 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    I love to make Raspberry Jam!

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  • Karin Cauley August 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    I would like to can all the organic tomatoes from our garden.

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  • Eileen Burke August 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    I would love to can some homemade salsa.

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  • deana c August 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I will be canning dill pickles.

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  • Annette August 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I’d can peaches from my dad’s trees.

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  • carol roberts clark August 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    plan on canning some plum jelly and strawberry jelly

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  • latanya August 23, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    some strawberry jam

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  • Katy August 23, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    I’d love to can peach preserves!


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  • Doreen Lamoureux August 23, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    I have not canned before. This year I am trying salsa and jam.

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  • Cynthia C August 23, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    I want to make spiced blueberry jam.

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  • Betty August 23, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    apple butter – fall is coming so quickly

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  • Ruby Daniels August 23, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    I will be canning apple butter.

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  • April Brenay August 23, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Blackberries, we have a ton of bushes in our backyard

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  • john hutchens August 23, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    I am going to make raspberry and blueberry jam

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  • Jennifer Matt August 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    some jam and some salsa

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  • Wendy Owen August 22, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Canning the veggies out of our garden, delicious and money saving!

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  • angie August 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Green Beans

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  • Nichole Spencer August 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    I’d like to can Pickles, Preserves and Homemade Tomato Sauce

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  • Kristie August 22, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    I’m planning on canning a bunch soon! Green beans, tomatoes and salsa mostly, but I need to can some jam too!

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