Friday, January 28, 2011

blueberry grapefruit jam

confession time
i have 3 freezers
if you count the one attached to the fridge
which is really just for ice
and bags of half empty frozen okra
and maybe
mystery soup or two

i tell you this
not so you call hoarders
on my behalf
but to explain
how i can be happily making fruit jam
in the middle of winter

i have a freezer full of summer fruits
gathered in their peak
and frozen to preserve freshness

it is my own secret garden

this jam
the summer goodness blueberries hold
with beautiful winter grapefruit

i love it spooned onto toast
but i also have been using it
topping for cheesecake
filling for my homemade pop tarts
as a delicious swirl in my morning yogurt 
a collection of jam.  
you can find the recipe for the margarita marmalade here... strawberry rhubarb is coming soon.
blueberry grapefruit jam
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 grapefruits--flesh only
12 cups blueberries--fresh or frozen
1 tsp cardamom
generous pinch salt
3 cups sugar
1 pouch pectin
slightly mash the blueberries and place in a heavy pot. add the sugar, salt, ginger, grapefruit segments and an juice you can capture, and cardamom.  bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer about 5 minutes.  increase heat and bring to a boil. stir in the pectin and boil for a full 60 seconds.  turn off heat and place in sterilized jars.  process for long term storage as necessary. 

i am linking this recipe to


  1. Christy -- this sounds like an excellent combination. I also enjoy jam or jelly in my yogurt. I wish I had another fridge -- I am just a 2 freezer women -- on on top of the fridge and a chest freezer in the garage. How fun to be able to enjoy your summer fruits during the winter. Joni

  2. Awesome delicious combo of jam.

  3. We only have out fridge freezer but we NEED a big deep freezer. I'm confident, after my summer gardening, I could fill 4 freezers too. hehe

  4. This jam sounds so good! I love the cardamom in it, its one of my favorite spices! Now I wish I had 1 more grapefruit and more frozen blueberries to make this delicious treat. Until I resupply I've bookmarked this one :)

  5. Well, I'm jealous. Four freezers!! Wow. I love this combo, too :D Makes me all warm and fuzzy just imagining it!

  6. So many thoughts come to mind:

    1. Four freezers?!!
    2. I love the twine and wax seals.
    3. This sounds wonderful!

  7. Whoah! What an incredible combination of flavors. Definitely gotta share a link on my FB Fan page. I think it's a great idea to have extra freezers and fridges. It's something that my husband and I really need to do.

  8. That's a lot of freezers! But if you have delicious goodies like your jam in there, it's worth it! This sounds fabulous!

  9. homemade jam is wonderful! And what a clever combination you posted here!
    I must say that I am jealous of your freezer collection. My husband and I have been trying to justify a chest freezer for sometime now. Just hasn't happened yet!!

  10. Blueberry and grapefruit - I would have never thunk it...but it sounds wonderful (as all recipes you post here are)


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