Blueberry Lime Tequila Jam Sugar-Free (Ball / Bernardin)

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Delicious blueberry and lime taste with the lovely illicitness of a bit of tequila slipped in right at the end.

More of an afternoon jam than a breakfast jam, probably.

You can use either Ball or Bernardin No Sugar Needed box pectin, or, Ball RealFruit™ Low or No-Sugar Needed Flex Batch Pectin.

The recipe

Jar size choices: Either 125 ml (1/2 cup / 4 oz) OR quarter-litre (1/2 US pint / 250 ml / 8 oz)

Processing method: Water bath or steam canning

Yield: 5 x quarter-litre (1/2 US pint) jars

Headspace: 1 cm (1/4 inch)

Processing time: 10 minutes either size jar

Blueberry Lime & Tequila Jam

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Yield: 5 x quarter-litre (1/2 US pint) jars

Serving size: 2 tablespoons

Calories: 22

Fat: .1 g

  • 1 kg whole blueberries ( 7 cups / 2.2 lbs)
  • 200 ml unsweetened pure fruit juice (3/4 cup / 6 oz)
  • 50 ml lime juice (4 tablespoons / 2 oz)
  • 1 box Ball / Bernardin No Sugar Needed Pectin (1 box weighing 49 g / 57 g / 1.75 oz) or 3 tablespoons Ball Flex-Batch No Sugar Needed
  • 200 g white sugar (1 cup / 8 oz) OR 1½ teaspoons liquid stevia
  • 75 ml tequila (5 tablespoons)
  1. Wash and stem blueberries.
  2. Mash the blueberries a layer at a time in something like a pie plate using something like a potato masher.
  3. Add to a large pot.
  4. Add fruit juice, lime juice & lime zest, stir.
  5. Sprinkle the pectin over, stir until the pectin is dissolved.
  6. Put on burner, stir in stevia OR sugar, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  7. Then, boil hard for 3 minutes.
  8. Immediately turn burner off and remove pot from heat.
  9. Skim off any foam, if there is any.
  10. Stir in tequila.
  11. Ladle into quarter-litre (1/2 US pint) jars
  12. Leave 1 cm (1/4 inch) headspace.
  13. Debubble, adjust headspace.
  14. Wipe jar rims.
  15. Put lids on.
  16. Process in a water bath or steam canner.
  17. Process jars for 10 minutes; increase time as needed for your altitude.


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Reference information

How to water bath process.

How to steam can.

When water-bath canning or steam canning, you must adjust the processing time for your altitude.

For stevia, Better Stevia liquid stevia was the stevia used.

Information about no-sugar needed pectins.

More information about Sugar and Salt-Free Canning in general.


Recipe notes

  • After mashing the blueberries, you should end up with 1 litre (4 cups / 32 fluid oz) of mashed. A tidge over or under is fine. But if you measured your berries by weight, you won’t be too far off that.
  • If using frozen blueberries, zap from frozen in microwave for 4 to 5 minutes, then mash, retaining any juice that might have come off while thawing.
  • Don’t crush or mash the berries in a machine, it will damage the pectin.
  • For the fruit juice, you can use cranberry, apple, or grape.
  • If you are using liquid stevia, how much you need will depend on the tastes of your crowd and how sweet / tart that particular batch of blueberries was.
  • If you are using the Ball No Sugar Needed pectin from a canister, you’ll want 3 level tablespoons.
  • Ball / Bernardin No Sugar Needed is the same; it’s made in the same plant and just labelled with different names on the packaging.
  • Boil hard means it should bubble for the whole 3 minutes.
  • You could also use the 125 ml (1/2 cup) smaller sampler size jars. But this recipe hasn’t been tested for larger 1/2 litre (1 US pint) jars.
  • Instead of tequila, you can try gin, or vodka.


Recipe source

Source: Light Blueberry Jam – No Sugar Needed Pectin. Bernardin web site. Accessed August 2015.

Modifications made:

  • Replaced part of the fruit juice with lime juice;
  • Added lime zest;
  • Added tequila.

Also consulted: Blueberry-Lime Jam. In: Ball Blue Book. Muncie, Indiana: Healthmark LLC / Jarden Home Brands. Edition 37. 2014. Page 50.



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Nutrition information

Serving size: 2 tablespoons

Sugar-free version

Per 2 tablespoons: 22 calories, 0 mg sodium

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 1 to 2 tablespoons: 0 points; 3 to 6 tablespoons: 1 point

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