JAM it with Blueberries & Madura Earl Grey

Earl Grey’s unique taste is what sets it apart. The subtle citrus-orange of bergamot gives it a delicate aroma with an instantly recognisable hit of flavour. Add blueberries and sugar and WOW you have a delicious jam! There are also so many delicious ideas for Jam other than just toast! Marinades, smoothies, or just a dollop or two on cheesecake – the choices are limitless and your mum might just love your creativity being explored this Mother’s Day.
Earl Grey is also a terrific blend to keep in the pantry for when you’re feeling like a smooth and refreshing brew, or as a sophisticated offering when friends or family drop in.
So get creative and jam it with Blueberries and Madura Earl Grey – delish!

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Jam Sugar
  • 4 Madura Earl Grey Tea Bags
  • 1 kg frozen blueberries (or use fresh when in season)
  • 1 lemon, halved and juiced (there should be 4 tbsp in total)

Method

Place the frozen blueberries in a large saucepan and add the jam sugar followed by the lemon juice. Place the squeezed out lemon halves and the leaves from the teabags into the centre of a square of muslin. Tightly tie with string and add to the pan. Slowly bring to the boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved.
Cook over a medium heat to boil gently for 10 minutes, remove muslin and then test for setting point. To check, remove the saucepan from the heat, spoon a little onto a refrigerated plate and leave for 2 minutes – it should wrinkle softly when your finger is pushed over the surface. If this point has not been reached, return the saucepan to the heat and continue to boil for another 2-3 minutes.  Continue testing – this is crucial to achieve the correct consistency.
Turn off the heat and allow the jam to settle for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, sterilize 5 x 400g clean jam jars by placing them in a low oven at 150°C, fan 130°C. Stir the jam, then pour it into the hot sterilized jars. Seal with the lids. Leave to cool, then label. Store in a cool place for up to 1 year.