Last summer, while camping at the Paint River Forks, Steveio and I picked some Wild Michigan Blueberries. It was a hot humid day and we went out with my sister, Linda and her hubby Fuzz for a nice getaway weekend. Here is the blog post from that day:
Just check out these berry pickin’ fools!
As soon as those berries were picked and cleaned, I froze them in the motorhome freezer. Two big gallon ziplock bags full! I had planned to get around to making some jam from them right away... but…. well…. the middle of a snowy day in January works just as well, right?
Little Chelsea was my assistant and taste tester! She LOVES blueberries and was squawking at me like a birdie to keep dropping them into her open mouth as they were defrosting in the bowl. She kept me in line by wiggling the measuring spoons to get my attention and keep me focused. She sat in her little high chair and helped me count the scoops of berries and scoops of sugar, keeping careful count as we made our jam.
Note the bib: “GRANDMA NEVER SAYS NO!”
We mushed and mashed and sugar and simmered ….
We were filling the jars and listening to the delightful PING PING PING as the jars sealed up on the counter
We did up 23 jars of wonderful Michigan Wild Blueberry Jam
Thanks to all the wonderful help by my little Kitchen Helper Girl… even though she fell asleep during the second batch, she did her fair share of the work for me!
Then as an added P.S. to yesterday’s blog post about my new containers. I went out to the motorhome and decided to fill them up and stack them in the cupboards.
Here is how it USED to look, with the round canisters:
And here is how it looks now with the neat square shaped canisters, all sealed up
I might go back to the store and get one more for the other cabinet for our coffee. At home we grind beans each day for our coffee with an electric grinder. But I think with the vacuum sealed containers, we could grind up a bunch in advance for our vacation and just bring that full container along. Better get back there before they go off sale, huh?
The day is ending with snow falling outside and quite a bit warmer than the 1 below zero I woke up to this morning. We are in the middle of the grips of winter weather here in Wisconsin. But a day of blueberry jam making is helps to make the winter blahs go away!