Well, as luck would have it, just the other day, Kevin posted about his Saskatoon berry gleaning and I thought to myself, hmm... those berries look familiar. I did some internet research, and discovered that Saskatoons are native to Northern Canada- not just the prairies, and should taste similar to blueberries. Well, folks, I believe we have a match.
And then I went picking. Not enough to do anything with on their own, but there were raspberries growing alongside most of the plants. And I had a yogurt container of blueberries sitting in the fridge already. So it only seems logical, this being a bad berry year (late frost, dry spring), to mix it up.
Here's to my first batch of TOO-BLUE-RASPBERRY JAM
8 cups mix Saskatoons, Blueberries, and Raspberries
6 cups sugar
3 Tbsp lemon juice
Rinse stem fruit. Throw it all in the Magic Bullet juicer. Add to pot. Then I poured the seeds and pulp in a strainer to drip over top. It lets a few seeds in, but you get most of the pulp as well. Mix well.
Add sugar and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Add lemon juice; bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently until thick, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
Pour into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space; wipe jar rims thoroughly.
Seal and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
The next day, in the grocery store, I bought 6 pounds of strawberries on sale, 3/$5. US imports of course. I was too cheap to buy the fresh Ontario strawberries at $5/pound. Which made a lovely batch of Strawberry Jam.
The beans are still going like gangbusters, so I've been slacking in the foraging department. I might be able to squeeze in another batch of mixed berry jam this season, but I doubt I'll be doing any blueberry sauce or raspberry sauce. It's just slim picking this year, and far too time consuming.