Even with all of our military moves, it is something that I loved doing and was a small way to keep things “normal.” Also, if you’re on a budget like most of us who served on active duty, it is a great way to save money!
I used to use a crockpot to make my jams, jellies, and butters like apple butter and blueberry butter. Then along came the Instant Pot! Initially, I didn’t even think about doing this, because I had the trusty old crock pot I had used for years! Then I got brave!
Y’all, this is so easy to make in your Instant Pot! Don’t be afraid to try new things! I know that as much as I use my Instant Pot, I held back on this one for fear of ruining the recipe. I think it tastes even better in the Instant Pot and is so much faster!
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Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and WarmerInstant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer
1 lbs fresh or frozen blueberries
1 1/3 cup honey
1) Pour the honey into the Instant Pot. Press the keep warm button. Let the honey melt. It will only take a minute or two. Then stir in the blueberries.
2) Turn the Instant Pot to saute and bring the honey to a boil. The blueberries and honey will start mixing and turn the bubbles a purple color. Turn the Instant Pot off. Put the lid on a make sure the pressure valve is turned to sealing.
3) Cook the blueberries and honey on high pressure for 2 minutes using the manual function. It will take about 5-8 minutes to come to pressure. When it is done cooking let the pressure release naturally.
4) Remove the lid, and turn the Instant Pot back to saute. Bring thicken the jam by letting the excess water boil off, stirring every couple of minutes, until the jam coats the back of the spoon. This took about 10 minutes, it may take longer if you use frozen blueberries.
5) Turn the Instant Pot off and pour the jam into a pint jar. Leave the lid off until jam cools completely. Store in the fridge. This jam is perfect for toast, cakes, or homemade yogurt.
Side Note- Since I am a girl who loves canning and processing food, I do want to share with you that you CAN still process this recipe instead of storing it in the fridge. Here are the canners I have and use-
If you are going to process this for jars, you will need to follow proper canning and preserving standards such as sterilizing the jars and following either water bath processing or stove top pressure canner method. I use the water bath method. It is super simple!
There are several methods to processing such as freezer jam or jars. Here are examples of the storage I would recommend —
Ball Plastic Freezer Jar 8oz Pack of 6 with Cleaner ClothBall Plastic Freezer Jar storage 8oz (2-Pack of 3)Ball Mason Jars- wide mouth. For Freezer or canning. Ball Jar with Lid and Band – Pick Your Size and Color