Saturday, August 21, 2010

Blackberry Jam



There's something about homemade jam that just makes me happy.




Blackberry Jam

(printable copy)


5 cups crushed blackberries (do not puree, crush with a potato masher)
7 cups sugar
1 (1 3/4 ounce) packages fruit jell pectin (I use Ball but Sure Jell will work too)

Method:

Carefully measure out the berries, put them into a very large pot (8qt).
Carefully measure sugar in a lg bowl.Add the pectin to the berries a little at a time, stirring constantly.Heat on hi, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a FULL boil.

Add sugar ALL at once, stirring.Bring mixture back to a full hard boil, stirring constantly.Boil for 1 minute.Remove from heat and ladle into clean, hot 8oz jars, leaving 1/4 inch space at the top.

Wipe the rim of the jar and put canning lids and rings on firmly tight.Place in canner with very hot water, make sure water is 1 inch above jars.Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.Remove and set them upright on a towel to set for 12 hours.






Getting the jars hot is important so they don't break when you add the hot liquid.




This is before sugar was added......




this was after....




This was my first attempt at waterbath canning.




It was much easier than I thought. Basically just boiling jars for 10 minutes.




I'm hearing the satisfying "click" of them sealing as I write this....



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