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BLUEBERRY SAUCE

This blueberry sauce is fantastic on ice cream or pancakes, or whatever you might want to pour it over.

Tent of Indian blueberry picker. Littlefork, Minnesota Russell Lee, photographer August 1937

3 tablespoons lemon juice

3 tablespoons grated orange rind

1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice

4 1/2 cups sugar

3 quarts blueberries

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon powdered cloves or nutmeg

1/4 cup liquid pectin

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Sterilize 6 pint jars or 12 1/2 pint jars, and lids.

Stir the lemon juice, orange rind, orange juice and sugar in a large pot, bring to a rolling boil.

Add berries and bring to a full boil again.

Add cinnamon, cloves/nutmeg and pectin, and boil hard, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Remove from heat, pour into hot, sterilized jars and seal.

Makes about 6 pints.

Originally from House & Garden, August 1962

 

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Fruit jars being sterilized on old lady Grahams back fence in berry season. Near Conway, Arkansas. We just gather and can peas, beans, berries, and sausage when we butcher the hogs in the winter. We put up seventy-five quarts of berries, sixty of beans, sixty of kraut, thirty of grapes and twenty of peaches. I swapped two bushels of grapes and got two bushels of peaches and I swapped one bushel of grapes for one bushel of apples  c1938 June.  Dorothea Lange, photographer.  (Library of Congress)

Fruit jars being sterilized on old lady Graham's back fence in berry season. Near Conway, Arkansas. "We just gather and can peas, beans, berries, and sausage when we butcher the hogs in the winter. We put up seventy-five quarts of berries, sixty of beans, sixty of kraut, thirty of grapes and twenty of peaches. I swapped two bushels of grapes and got two bushels of peaches and I swapped one bushel of grapes for one bushel of apples" c1938 June. Dorothea Lange, photographer. (Library of Congress)

Do not attempt to sterilize your canning jars on a fence. I have always used the old boil ten minutes system, but apparently you can sterilize jars in the oven too. That seems like a great system to me because I always wind up scalding myself getting the jars out of the boiling water.

Oh, yeah, off topic, but only slightly:

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