Mr. Perky brought home a flat & 1/2 of fresh blueberries home from "Gold Hill Blueberry Farm" on Friday. If you live in Virginia or (northern) North Carolina this is an awesome place to pick up fresh PYO blueberries & raspberries. You are able to find them on Facebook.
They don't use any chemicals or pesticides on their plants.
What is a girls to do with ALL these berries?
Thankfully fellow blogger posted a recipe. Who sadly isn't posting any more.
Strange as it may seems, I am less comfortable with water bathing. I have only done a few batches. I BWB 8 pints of fresh blueberries in simple syrup on Sunday.
It was very easy! These are her instructions fro simple syrup: which are still available online: Berries are Beautiful.
First, make a light simple syrup with 5 3/4 cups water to 1 3/4 cups sugar
Simmer until the sugar is melted.
Add 1/2 cup of the simple syrup into each clean sterilized jar.Add berries (leaving 1/2" head space). Release the air bubbles. :)
Add more simple syrup to fill jars, maintaining 1/2 head space.
Wipe the rims...
Look how awesome they look!
Add sterilized lids & rings.
Place them in you canner. I used my pressure canner, BUT didn't pressure can them. you bring the water up to boiling then BWB pints for 15 minutes & quarts for 20 minutes.
It was very simple! I was excited to see how beautiful they turned out.
After this I purchased a Boiling Water Bath Canner. I have been friends with Gold Hill Blueberry Farm for about 20 years. If you would like to learn more vintage skills like this, please feel free to join our community at Perky Prepping Gramma on Facebook.
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