I love the time around end of July because that is the time when here in Finland the blueberries are ready to get picked. And blueberry-picking is what I did today. My Mr. joined me on this quest as you can see in the picture. We picked altogether about 2 kg of berries. I portioned one kilogram into 200g bags each. We love to have berry-smoothies every once in a while and 1 bag is just the right amount for one pitcher full of smoothie. The other kilogram I cooked to jam today and I got 3 big and 1 and a half small jars out of it. I also added my secret ingredient: star anise. It doesn't give the jam much of a flavor right after cooking, but if the jars rest closed until about Christmas the anise starts to kick in.