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Blueberry syrup made from wild fruit

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Blueberry syrup recipe

Wild fruits from Minnesota's fields and woods can make very good syrups. 

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts blueberries
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold water

Procedure

  1. Mash fruit, sprinkle with sugar, cover, and let stand overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Add water, bring to a boil, and cook 20 minutes.
  3. Strain through cheesecloth.
  4. Heat to boiling point; pour into hot, sterilized half-pint or pint canning jars. Seal with two-piece canning lids.
  5. Process in a boiling water bath. The time in the boiling water bath varies by elevation. For Minnesota, it is 5 minutes for half or quarter pints and 10 minutes for pint jars.

Isabel D. Wolf and William Schafer

Reviewed in 2018

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