a hound dog???
I've never tried a Huckleberry......and even though we have a gazillion in our garden, I just know I still haven't seen or tried a "real" Huckleberry.
We bought eight annual Huckleberry plants, boy was I excited! The tag said, great for pies and jams! I was so there....little did I know, these just don't taste like the very popular "Wild Huckleberries".
Did you know these are the Idaho State fruit? I've learned a little more than I wanted to about Huckleberries in the last few days :)
I've tried several times to make jam.....doubling and evening tripling the sugar. Nope, the Huckleberry flavor will not pop. I read you can put them in a bowl on your counter, and they will become more flavorful. I think my days of Huckleberry Jam making are over, I'm going to make some Strawberry Jam again today to make myself feel better :)
However, just in case you have some yummy Huckleberries.....here's the recipe I used.
8 cups Huckleberries
11 cups sugar
2 boxes pectin
1/2 cup water
In large bowl add whole berries or you can pulse them in your food processor for a few seconds. Add sugar and stir until well combined. Set aside.
Slowly add water and powdered pectin to large pan until dissolved. Add berries and sugar, cook berries over medium heat, stirring constantly. If you decided to add whole berries, you can mash a few of them with a potato masher.
When mixture comes to a boil, add the juice of one lemon. Stir until well combined. Turn off heat and process in clean sterilized jars. I processed our jam for 10 minutes in water bath.
If you have sweet Huckleberries, I would recommend using half sugar and half Huckleberries and reducing the pectin to one box....and only 1/2 of the lemon.
The jam isn't bad and it's gorgeous, it just doesn't have the WOW factor that I was looking for.
Aren't they beautiful?
Don't forget to add pretty fabrics and ribbon for Christmas gift giving. I'm hoping to make lots of Grape Jelly and Strawberry Jam for some sweet little gifts. Whoa.....on the Huckleberries..... :)
Actually, I do have a few brave friends that want to try my Huckleberry Jam. They think because I don't like blueberries, that it may just be me. We will see :) Aren't they nice though???!
Our little dining room.......
another view into the dining room.....
More of those darn Huckleberries......
The real test.....Huckleberry Jam on toast. You know, it's not bad at all. You would think with all that sugar I would be able to taste the "sweetness of the berries". Not so much....... Oh, but it's such a beautiful color :) (keeping positive).
One thing is always for sure around here.....my love for this little boy :)
Jake's first day of school.......he had a blast!