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Jun 192014

Fresh Blueberry And Blackberry Freezer Jelly

As some of you know, I am not one for canning; if I can’t throw it in the freezer someone else can do the work! Making jelly is something my mom and sisters both have always done and I can remember my mom making fresh currant jelly when I was growing up as we had currant bushes on our property. Grape jelly was also on her list every summer with white and red concord grapes growing abundantly, of course she had to beat my grandpa to them before it was time for him to make his homemade wine! I was so disappointed with the berries here this year as the blackberries who bloomed beautifully, just fizzled out when it came time to develop. The blue berries did a little better but I still had to buy berries to make my jelly. I used 2 different recipes to get this to my satisfaction, one from the fruit pectin box and the other from a Taste of Home cookbook from 2000. It’s a nice quick and easy recipe where the most time spent was getting the blueberries crushed as I did use some from our property, seeds and all!

Kenny can't wait to make a peanut butter sandwich with this jam!!

Kenny can’t wait to make a peanut butter sandwich with this jelly!!


Fresh Blueberry And Blackberry Freezer Jelly
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 to 2 tbls fresh lemon juice (I only used 1 and probably could have used a little more)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 pkg (1.75 oz) powdered fruit pectin
  1. In a large bowl, crush the blueberries (it is not recommended to use a food processor for this and the next step).
  2. Add the blackberries and crush.
  3. Mix in the sugar and lemon juice until well blended.
  4. Combine the water and pectin in a small saucepan, bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Add to the fruit mixture and stir for 3 minutes to combine.
  6. Pour into freezer containers and cool to room temperature.
  7. Cover and let stand for about 12 hours but do not exceed 24 hours.
  8. Refrigerate or freeze.


Great for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids out of school or a great topping for waffles, pancakes or toast in the morning. And then there’s my all time favorite since I was a little kid visiting with my Nanny, saltines topped with jelly……………Enjoy!

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Blueberry Biscuit Cookies Fresh From Florida

This month is fresh blueberry season here in Florida and although, up here in north Florida, our berries are just now starting to develop and they don’t usually become pickable for us until the end of May and possibly the beginning of June depending on what kind of winter we have encountered!
Kenny and I have talked about moving farther up north and to tell you the truth, the fact that I can have two gardens a year and get almost any kind of fresh produce year round is one of my reasons to stay put, I’m just so spoiled. Our local produce stands and grocery stores give us plenty of fresh fruits and veggies if I do not have them growing in my garden and because they don’t have to be shipped from long distances, the prices are always modest, giving us an abundance of goodies to choose from. This year for example, the blackberries blooming in our yard are in full force more than I have ever seen and if they mature as good as they look, I will be making jams and cobblers out the ying-yang!

Blueberry..coming soon!

Blueberry..coming soon!

Although we have a lot of blueberry bushes on the property and they produce sweet berries, because they are wild they have a lot of seeds hidden inside making them more of the variety of crunchy blueberries which will raise havoc on the old toothers, ha ha! Thank God we have several blueberry patches nearby where we can go and pick our own, minus the seeds :) We also have a wonderful Blueberry Festival just a couple of miles from where we live where they have all kind of different blueberry treats for you to try, talk about blueberry heaven, you’re there!
The Florida Department of Agriculture And Consumer Services offers many different recipes for us to try and when I spied a recipe for Blueberry Biscuit Cookies, I was hooked; a simple recipe made with biscuit mix, honey, blueberries and pecans, so everything I have to use is locally harvested, well, except for the biscuit mix which I can make myself so I guess you can say, all LOCAL. We have a neighbor who makes fresh honey and pecans are also native to north Florida because our climate is a lot like Georgia, the Pecan State, and our neighbor also has them!
Can you feel my enthusiasm for baking these little gems yet?


Ready for the oven.

Ready for the oven.


Ready for a tall cold glass of milk!

Ready for a tall cold glass of milk!










Blueberry Biscuit Cookie Recipe:
2 cups biscuit mix
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tbsp low-fat milk
1/2 cup honey, divided (I used Gallberry honey)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients except honey in a large mixing bowl.
Add enough honey to make a stiff cookie dough. *See note below
Place tablespoonfuls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 2-inches apart.
Bake until edges start to turn golden, about 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and drizzle with remaining honey; return to oven for an additional 5 minutes and serve immediately. **See note again

*Note: It took almost all of the called for honey to make a stiff dough, so I had to use a little extra when it came to the drizzle part.
**Note: I advise to wait at least a few minutes before munching into these little wonders as the berries are extremely hot and the honey comes in a close second, take caution!

Well I hope you enjoy these as much as we did, almost didn’t have enough to take a picture as we were both munching down. Kenny is going to have some tonight with his homemade ice cream, YUM, maybe I’ll join him…..

I do wish you would let me know what Fresh Florida Fruits you use in your recipes and if you love Blue Berries as much as we do. Don’t forget to follow Fresh From Florida on Facebook and Fresh From Florida on Twitter so you don’t miss out on all the delicious  recipes they have to offer.

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