I know that makes no sense, but bear with me. When the white stuff starts falling and it's freezing cold outside, I put on reggae to make the house seem cozier, and then I start canning, because it keeps me busy and less cabin feverish. "Jammin" by Bob Marley puts me in the mood for, of course, jam, and while it's winter and not the time for most of my favorite jams and jellies, there are a few recipes I make this time of year that satisfy like no other. I don't really count either of these as a jam, but they are mighty tasty.
4 Cups ripe blueberries (you can use frozen, but really, why would you want to?)
1 1/2 to 2 cups sugar (I use 2, because the people I give this to like sweeter jam)
1 package (3 oz) lemon gelatin (I use whatever is cheapest, usually the store brand, but if you like Jell-o, go for it!)
AND THAT'S ALL!
Is there any more beautiful phrase in the English language? I don't think so. Nothing says love to me like waking up on a cold morning with biscuits and apple butter, and maybe a cup of Earl Grey with lemon. I make this and it disappears in days, thanks to family and friends and their thieving ways. :) This is from a recipe that I originally had to cut in half, because I didn't have a kettle large enough to make it (it was designed to cook over an open fire outdoors, can you IMAGINE how good that would smell???)
2 1/2 cups apple cider (I get mine from a local orchard, but store brand is fine)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1 heaping Tbsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
A pinch of ground ginger
Boil gently (again low or medium-low heat) for about 2 hours, stirring frequently to avoid burning on the bottom. If it starts to scald, lower the heat and stir more frequently, but this does require some watching.