Blueberry jam, Ozark style

We now have a year's supply-or a week if family shows

We ran across a recipe for “Ozark Blueberry Jam” in a cookbook that sings the praises of Southern food, The Glory of Southern Cooking, by James Villas. We were intrigued for two reasons. For starters, we’re only a few hours from the Ozarks. Mainly, though we just thought the idea of honey and lemon in blueberry jam sounded good no matter where you were. We doubled Villas’ recipe. If you want a smaller batch just cut the recipe below in half.

Blueberry Jam

  • 9 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups honey
  • 1 1/1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Wash blueberries and place in a six- to eight-quart stock pan. Add honey, water and lemon juice and bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the mixture is thick stirring often, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from heat. Pack into jars. While the yield will vary depending on the size of the berries, I used four 12-ounce jars. Villas recommended storing for at least a month at room temperature before serving.

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66 Responses to Blueberry jam, Ozark style

  1. rutheh says:

    Inviting jars of homemade jam. Bet it would go down well with on some vanilla bean ice cream!
    Or a buttered biscuit. Or just a spoonful a day for medicinal purposes cause you would feel delightful after eating it!!

  2. joshuafagans says:

    How funny, James Villas was the author of a book I was looking at recently. The Southern section of my cookbook collection is a little small and I was starting to think it might be time to expand it. Blueberry jam with honey sounds like a winner!

  3. jennknee says:

    oh my sakes! You must know! Blueberry jam is my faaaavorite of all jams!!! …and with honey? This sounds simply lovely.

  4. Looks great! I’ve been on a honey kick lately and I’ll give this a try.

  5. Kristy says:

    I cannot get enough blueberries lately. I’m with you – honey and lemon sounds like a wonderful addition to the jam.

  6. JamieAnne says:

    Looks great! I made blueberry-blackberry jam recently. This looks so great!

  7. I definitely have to send this post to my mom to read. She loves blueberry jam. And I usually use lemon and honey in my tea version of “lemon tea”, but never with blueberries. Very interesting. Looks very good.

  8. jenlenew says:

    Oooh that looks so good! My sister and I are looking to make our own jam if we can find a good sale on blueberries!

  9. Zo Zhou says:

    Oh wow, honey and lemon…now there’s a thought!

    Hehe, I just watched Anthony Bourdain’s episode in Ozarks, it was awesome. Love when he cooks the wild duck perfectly and converts several of the locals to liking it!

  10. Ah, the Ozarks…I grew up on the flatter side of Arkansas, so driving through the Ozarks was always interesting. This jam looks quite tasty!

  11. Ooh YUM, I love the idea of honey and lemon added to jam – beautifully jars too.
    🙂 Mandy

  12. Have never seen jam made this way. We can´t get blueberries here but would love to try and adapt it to some other fruit. And I leart about the Ozacks which I had never heard of….in my ignorance 😦

  13. rsmacaalay says:

    I love mixing blueberries and lemon, they really perfectly match each other, this is no different!

  14. I am totally addicted to blueberries! This looks amazing and I adore those jars!

  15. Oooo, I’m intrigued. Honey instead of the sugar. I would love to try that…I’ll have to wait until blueberrie season though.

  16. Did you process the jars (water-bath) and for how long?
    Making Blueberry Honey bourbon pickles this afternoon with my recent haul….

  17. Selma says:

    Yum. I love blueberries in any form so I am definitely going to try to make this. Your jars are gorgeous!

  18. ChgoJohn says:

    What a great recipe! I’ll be passing it along to a couple family members who make blueberry jam every year. I’m sure they’re going to love it. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Judy says:

    Like the idea of using honey–love simple recipes like this.

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  21. spicegirlfla says:

    I would love a jar of that! The honey and lemon sounds like a perfect match with the blueberries. You two are really making me want to try out canning!!

  22. nrhatch says:

    Yummy! Perfect jam for some home baked bread. 😀

  23. bakingdevils says:

    Simply gorgeous. I’ve never tried blueberry jam so this is a must make for me! Thanks. Jenny

  24. I have to make this for Ritchey – he loves blueberries! We always have them on hand!

  25. I could just slather that jam right now over a stack of waffles or pancakes-heck, I could just skip the bread and eat it with a spoon it looks that good and beautiful! Let me know if you need my address to send me some:)

  26. Love, love, love this recipe….no more local blueberries, but maybe I will try this lovely recipe using our local blackberries? Thanks.

  27. Pat says:

    I’m with you there. I’ve always loved lemon and blueberries together.

  28. Great combination of flavors and you can really make a unique blend by using different honey, such as clover honey.

  29. Sounds like I have another recipe on my “to-make” list. Thanks for the share!

  30. Rachel says:

    I thought blueberries were mostly a Maine/yankee thing… do they grow near you? I think honey and lemon are good together and on or with ‘most *anything*! Mmmm… yum!

  31. Caroline says:

    You guys and your homemade jams. Blueberry and lemon are one of my favorite flavor combos. Wish I had some to spread on my toast this morning. Ommmm

  32. egg me on says:

    Oh wow, Greg! We both had lemons & blueberries on the brain this weekend. Great stuff.

  33. Holly says:

    Jam jam jam jam…
    I’m going to be all Mystic Meg [if you don’t know her maybe she never ventured out of the UK] – I predict something along the lines of Blueberry Jam Bread and Butter Pudding tomorrow…
    This is a Greg/Katherine storecupboard ingredient we’ll see again I am sure.
    By the way, went to a gorgeous restaurant on Sat night and me and my mum were given limoncello to finish and the waiter took the liberty to tell us the recipe – I thought of you, and was able to add my own comments to his suggestions! I love how blogging, and reading blogs as fabulous/informative as yours expands your mind so much!

  34. Sissi says:

    I now regularly add lemon juice to all my jams. It keeps the lovely vivid colour and improves the taste. I must try adding honey instead of sugar and see the difference. Thanks for the lovely idea!

  35. ambrosiana says:

    Brilliant!!! Blueberries are my favorite berries so I will keep this recipe in mind!! I also appreciated the lemon addition. It not only gives balance to the sweetness of the jam, but also enhances the color if it!!

  36. You could buy a second Mercedes for the price of punnet of blueberries here in France. I love them but they don’t seem to be indigenous, or someone’s eating the majority of them before they get to market. I envy their availability in your neck of the woods.

  37. eva626 says:

    wow such a simple recipe! yes…now i can make this

    but first i have to defrost the blueberries

  38. Andrea says:

    This looks totally amazing! I love blueberry jam and the addition of lemon makes it really special!

  39. What lovely jars! One of my favorite summer treats is some homemade jam on fresh white bread 🙂

  40. spiderpaw says:

    We eat blueberries all summer long, and this recipe is just right for my PBJ’s

  41. Carolyn Chan says:

    Homemade jam is one of the great pleasures in life. Looks delicious !

  42. TasteFood says:

    This sounds wonderful with the honey and lemon.

  43. Rita says:

    I love making jams but I’ve never tried with blueberries. It sounds delicious! 🙂

  44. Looks really good! I love honey in jam.

  45. ....RaeDi says:

    Looks really good But… a lot of blueberry picking! Did you pick them yourself?….RaeDi

  46. how delicious! I’m planning on making some raspberry jam soon, and have been curious about using honey instead of sugar… good to know that it worked out for you!!

  47. I have never made blueberry jam but this has to be good with the lemon. Blueberries are one of my favorite things in this world.

  48. karencooking says:

    My parents live in the Ouachitas, but I really don’t know much about the Ozarks. I’m pretty sure I’ve never had blueberry jam before; this recipe sounds great!

  49. Charles says:

    Do you know if there’s a huge difference between different blueberry varieties? The ones you can buy in France are almost white in the centre… I don’t think it would be at all possible to make any kind of “blue” coloured jam from them, but who knows?!

  50. Michelle says:

    That does look/sound wonderful. Alas, I think our local blueberries have petered out. Will have to remember for next year!

  51. canalcook says:

    This looks gorgeous, jam is definitely on my to do list this autumn

  52. JamieAnne says:

    This is the jam you sent me, right?

    It is wonderful. We enjoyed it a lot!!

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  55. Carrie Gentry Tomes says:

    Going to try this because it’s sweetened with honey and I love local honey (helps with the allergies). Going to fill my waterbath canner now and get started. We just went blueberry picking and have plenty to make several “varieties” of jam. Thank you for the recipe.

  56. Ashley George says:

    Tried this one with local ‘Hatfield” honey, with my locally grown berries and have to say it is a “make again-er” as well call it. 🙂 Beautifully tart and sweet with the lemon brightening the flavors.

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