Preserving Hardware:

  • Large stockpot or canning kettle
  • Jar rack or cake cooling rack (for holding filled jars off the floor of the pot
  • 6 (8-ounce) Mason style preserving jars with lids and bands
  • Wide mouth canning funnel (technically optional, practically indispensable)
  • Canning tongs (specially made for snatching jars in and out of very hot situations
  • Large (8-ounce) ladle
  • Paper towels or dishtowels
  • Magnetized "lid-wand" or magnet tool from hardware store (optional, but how else you gonna get hold of those darned lids)

Jam Hardware:

  • Medium-large saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Hand masher
  • Nutmeg grater (optional)

Jam Software:

  • 2 (12-ounce) bags frozen blueberries
  • One (1 3/4-ounce) packet dry pectin
  • 1/4 teaspoon star anise, ground fine
  • 10 to 20 grinds fresh nutmeg (or 1/4 teaspoon pre-ground)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons (2 1/2 ounces) cider vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

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