Something to Smile About: Blueberry Preserves

Sometimes I have to remind myself to stop and appreciate the little things. Sometimes remembering is easy. It was easy when I found blueberries at Aldi for 69 cents a pint. I checked with an employee and he told me that the store overbought in anticipation of a sale. To be fair, the berries weren’t going to last long…I had to look through several cases and set aside twice as many pints as I purchased because some of the blueberries were visibly bad.

So I let my evening plans go and pulled out a large stock pot to make blueberry preserves and the boiling water canner to can (or bottle, if you prefer) them. Blueberry preserves are my daughter’s favorite, so she was terribly pleased and absolutely not too old to lick the spoon!

And those who do home canning will understand the joy of hearing four of the jar lids “ping” immediately after I removed them from the canner and the happiness of finding all six jars successfully sealed the next morning after they’d cooled.

Yes, I take pictures of my canning, particularly the preserves. I think the jars look so pretty all lined up on the counter. Sometimes it's hard to hide them away in the pantry!

Yes, I take pictures of my canning, particularly the preserves. I think the jars look so pretty all lined up on the counter. Sometimes it’s hard to hide them away in the pantry!

I inherited some jars, have been gifted others, and purchased some new on sale at the big box store or used from thrift stores. The jars in the picture had all been used before this batch of preserves. The two on the left are Ball 12 oz quilted crystal jelly jars. The two in the middle are Ball regular pint jars. The two on the right are Canadian Mason jars that I found at the thrift store. I suspect they are “worth something” and I probably shouldn’t have used them, but I really do enjoy how pretty the preserves look in them, so I went with it!

What little accomplishments make you smile?

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5 responses to “Something to Smile About: Blueberry Preserves

  1. There are few things more beautiful than blueberry preserves. Thank you for reminding me of the simple beauty of life!

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  2. Filled jelly jars are, indeed, beautiful. My favorite size is the 12oz one. I like it has a smaller footprint than the pint. I use it for jams and jelly, for pickle relish, plum sauce and hot pepper jelly.

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