Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Adventures in Jam Making

Michael and I picked a LOT of blackberries and I decided to try and make some blackberry jam with them. It was actually pretty easy and loads of fun. Totally worth it.
The blackberries straight from pickin'. They had to be sorted through one by one to look for unripe berries and the occasional leaf and then washed.
Then the berries are mashed up using, you guessed it, a potato masher :) until they are mostly juice.
The jam recipe I used required 4 cups of berries/juice, 7 cups of sugar, 1 tsp of butter (to keep the foam down when boiled) and 1 pkg of CERTO liquid pectin. This makes about 41/2 pints.
Stir the berries, butter and sugar until at a rolling boil. Add pectin and bring back to a boil for 1 minute. Ladle into jars and process in water bath for 10 minutes.
Voila!!! Jars of jam! I was so excited that they set. Mike was excited too - he was a little like Joey in that episode of "Friends."
Me with my jam.
Mike enjoying the jam.

1 comment:

Sharee and Arthur said...

Amber!!! Good job on your jam and pickle making! You are making me jealous with all your delicious blackberries, and homegrown cucumbers! Our garden is having another pathetic year. How is your cooking class going?