Marvelous Berry Marmalade

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Summer is a great time to eat fruit. Especially berries. I love eating strawberries during the summer because its the only time they have that sweet tangy taste. The rest of the time they’re just bland and don’t have the beautiful red color.

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And then there’s blueberries. Although strawberries will always have a special place in my heart, blueberries are also quite delightful in summer. Put these berries together and you have quite a party.

 

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Looking on the events on the past week, mainly Brexit ( I love quirky British words! Combine British and Exit- BAM new word) and it reminded me how much the world constantly changes.

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It never stops- it just continues to change without waiting for anything or anyone. And then everyone around us, ourselves included, constantly change. For better or worse, we are evolving everyday. We have learned something new, seen something new, spoken to someone knew, heard something new. And through these actions we become slightly altered than who we were yesterday. We become another day wiser and another day older. And thus change is inevitable, but its also very much needed in the world to progress in anything.

And as George Bernard Shaw once put it”Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything“.

Just some food for thought. (Or should I say marmalade for thought)

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Marvelous Berry Marmalade

Makes 2 8oz jars

3 cup berries ( I used 2  cup blueberries and 1 cup strawberries)

Zest of 1/2 a lemon

1/2-3/4  cup honey (depending on how sweet you desire your marmalade to be)

3 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons chia seeds

 

  1. If using strawberries remove the hulls and chop into quarters. Then place berries and basil leaves into the food processor (Blender can also be used). Add the lime juice. Puree the berries, about 30 seconds until smooth.
  2. Combine the pureed berries, the lemon zest, honey, and chia seeds in a medium sized pot.
  3. Heat the pot to a boil over medium heat . Once the pot has boiled, put on simmer for 20-25 minutes and stir frequently.
  4. Once the marmalade has set or reached desired consistency, carefully pour into  8 oz jars.
  5. If not sealing jars, let cool on the counter and then place in the refrigerator. The marmalade will last about 3-4 weeks.
  6. If sealing the jars, use a water bath canning method to properly seal jars.
  7. Enjoy your homemade berry marmalade!

 

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