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5 Fun Summer Cookout Backyard Themes and Games

5 Fun Summer Cookout Backyard Themes and Games

Montanans know how to spend their summers whether it’s taking a hike, casting a line, or floating the river. We want you to wring out the most of the last few weeks of warm weather, long days, and comfortable nights under the stars.  Enjoy the Labor Day weekend and celebrate summer with some fun ideas for your next backyard cookout.

Wild Huckleberry Jam Recipe

Wild Huckleberry Jam Recipe

This Wild Huckleberry Jam Recipe is sure to please!

Huckleberries are a Montana state treasure.

True huckleberries only grow in the wild, and mostly on the subalpine slopes of the Northern Rockies. Efforts to cultivate huckleberries have failed so far, making them an elusive and special berry that can only be foraged in the mountains alongside the bears! 

Huckleberry food is a staple of Montana and the Rocky Mountains. Sweet and tart come together with each taste. If you're looking for the perfect gift for someone that says Montana, there's nothing better than the gift of huckleberry food! The huckleberry cannot be grown commercially, so it must be hand-picked from the fields and meadows that border the mountain ranges.

Huckleberries

Image courtesy of Flickr. 

If you've ever visited on of our Montana Gift Corral locations, you've seen shelves upon shelves of delicious huckleberry products.

Today, we're going to walk you through how to make your very own wild huckleberry jam, so you may delight your friends, family and taste buds!

huckleberry quote by Montana Gift Corral

HUCKLEBERRY JAM RECIPE

Prep Time: 1 hour   |    Makes 10 half pint jars

Ingredients

  • 1 quart of huckleberries

  • 5 cups of sugar

  • 1 1/4 cups of water

  • 1 3oz packet of liquid pectin

huckleberries in hand

Directions

1. Wash huckleberries and remove all stems

2. Place your berries in a deep saucepan with water.

3. Slowly bring to a boil.

4. Once boiling, add all sugar to the mixture.

5. Continue boiling for 2 minutes.

6. After removing from heat, add the pectin and stir for 3-4 minutes.

7. Pour the mixture into the jars as quickly as possible (as the jam will start setting immediately).

8. Seal using your favorite canning method!

9. Let cool, share and enjoy!

Don't have any huckleberries? View our huckleberry jam here!

Recipe modified from Genius Kitchen.

By Zach Altman

August 30, 2018
5 Recipes for a Montana St. Paddy's

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If you’re looking to mix up your festivities this St. Paddy’s Day look no further! Did you know that St. Paddy’s Day is also called the Feast Day of Saint Patrick? Originally St. Patrick's Day was celebrated with religious services and large feasts, it wasn’t until emigrants from Ireland came to the United States that St. Paddy’s Day became the celebration of all things Irish. So why not celebrate this St. Paddy’s Day with a feast of your own? Check out this blog from Montana Gift Corral for some wonderful recipes that are the perfect blend of Irish and Montanan.
March 15, 2018
easy double chocolate strawberry cupcake recipe

Double Chocolate Strawberry Cupcake Recipe

Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day like chocolate and strawberries. With the lover's holiday just around the corner, we wanted to share this delicious double chocolate strawberry cupcake recipe with you and yours. 
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