People often ask me if I make low or no sugar jams or jellies, but hey, I love the taste with the sugar, so why change a good thing? There are recipes for no sugar, but it's not what I'm sharing today. Besides that, I love to give a jar of jam for a house warming or Christmas gift here and there, and who wants to get something sugar free for a gift, besides a diabetic? Sometimes it's just nice to have the real thing.
Our most recent mountain find are blackberries. I have definitely in the past not given blackberries the credit they are due! Well, maybe the blackberry pickers the credit, anyway! These things are pickery (not a word, but should be!)! Those bushes not only pick at you, but they seem to reach out and grab you too! We've been picking out pickers for days afterwards.
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HERE to see that post. The book I use is:
Berry or Black Currant Jam
Makes about seven 8-ounce jars
- 5 cups crushed blackberries, boysenberries, dewberries, loganberries, raspberries, young berries or cooked black currants (see the book for more hints to make the currants)
- 1 package regular powdered fruit pectin
- 7 cups sugar
- Prepare canner, jars and lids.
- In a large, deep stainless steel saucepan place berries. Whisk in pectin until dissolved. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Add sugar all at once and return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil hard, stirring constantly. Boil hard, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Remove from heat and skim off foam. (Spread it on the fresh bread you just pulled out of the oven. Did I mention that to start bread baking before starting this project? Sorry!)
- Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Remove air bubbles and adjust head space, if necessary, by adding hot jam. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Screw band down until resistance is met , then increase to fingertip-tight.
- Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove canner lid. Wait 4 minutes, then remove jars, cool and store.
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