Homemade Blackberry Jam
Summertime is full of tons of great berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and let’s not forget blackberries. Homemade Blackberry Jam is a great way to have some blackberries all year round.
An 8 oz. jar of blackberry jam usually runs around $3 a jar. With making your own, you not only save money, but you know exactly what is in your jam! You can adjust your sugar levels or choose to use organic berries. You might even decide to get creative and mix them up!
Buy your blackberries when they are in season, and the riper the better. The riper your berries are the less sugar you have to add to your jam!
5 cups crushed blackberries (about 6 pints)
7 cups of sugar
1 1/2 packages (1.75 oz boxes) of pectin
Prepare your jars
Sanitize your jars and lids. Dry and set aside.
Prepare your berries:
Wash your blackberries, and pat dry
Place blackberries in a large bowl, and with potato masher crush blackberries.
Put crushed blackberries in a large stock pot on medium heat.
Gradually stir in pectin, and once all stirred in place on high heat. Stir occasionally.
Once blackberries are proud to a hard boil, add the sugar.
Stir the sugar mixture continuously.
Bring back to a hard boil, and boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat.
Fill Jars and Preserve:
Use a ladle to fill jars, leaving about 1 inch from the top
Water bath the jars following the instructions in the Ball Guide to Canning
Do you think that your family will enjoy this Homemade Blackberry Jame recipe? What kind of bread will you use it with first?