Preserving food is something that goes far back in my family– as far back as it does with most families from central Pennsylvania. Past generations grew up in this area with little money, so producing food was a necessity. Gardens were maintained and hunting trips were scheduled to stock the freezer and the pantry.
In my own family, my grandparents and all of their children knew how to can and dry the produce from the gardens. In fact, my grandmother’s Mason and Bell jars still float around our kitchens! Jam and jelly recipes have been passed down as well: peach and strawberry preserves are family favorites. This Black and Blue Jam offers a new twist to the classic berry jams that were made in midsummer, when the vines of wild blackberries and raspberries would bend under the weight of their fruit.
Mixing berries in jams and jellies is nothing new, but adding lemon and lavender gives these preserves a special twist to a classic recipe. Lavender adds a delicate, elegant touch to the fruits. Other flowers could be infused into the jam as well-dandelions, violets, or even white clover blossoms would be great as well!
Sweet Black and Blue Jam
We always encourage you to play with our recipes and make them your own. Try adding in other fruits, or infuse different blossoms into your recipe.
A little grapefruit or orange would add brightness to this jam
- Mix in strawberries
- Swap out the berries for peaches or apricots for a different twist
If you make a batch of this Black and Blue Jam, post a picture and use the hashtag #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!