Large stockpot or canning kettle
Jar rack or cake cooling rack (for holding filled jars off the floor of the pot
6 (8-ounce) Mason style preserving jars with lids and bands
Wide mouth canning funnel (technically optional, practically indispensable)
Canning tongs (specially made for snatching jars in and out of very hot situations
Large (8-ounce) ladle
Paper towels or dishtowels
Magnetized "lid-wand" or magnet tool from hardware store (optional, but how else you gonna get hold of those darned lids)
Nutmeg grater (optional)
2 (12-ounce) bags frozen blueberries
One (1 3/4-ounce) packet dry pectin
1/4 teaspoon star anise, ground fine
10 to 20 grinds fresh nutmeg (or 1/4 teaspoon pre-ground)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
5 tablespoons (2 1/2 ounces) cider vinegar
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
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