Thursday, 11 September 2014


Blackberries are in array around our house.  I went out the other evening and picked a big basin full.  There were some juicy ones out there.  And some not so ripe.  I will go and collect more over the next while. 
For now though, I used this basin full to make some yummy jam. 

Once collected, I soaked the blackberries overnight in water and salt.  The salt will kill off any unwanted habitants that may be!

It is pretty simple to make and is a very yummy thick jam…..This amount made 4 small jars for me.......

  • 700g Blackberries
  • 1 ½ tbsp lemon
  • 50ml water
  • 700g golden granulated sugar
  • knob of butter

1.      Put the berries into a heavy based saucepan, add the water and lemon juice and bring to the boil.  Lower heat and simmer for 15 mins.  The fruit should be soft.
2.      Then turn the heat down to low, stir in the sugar and heat until the sugar is dissolved.  Turn the heat up again, bring to a full rolling boil and rapidly boil the fruit for 10-12 minutes.  DO NOT STIR.
3.      Remove from the heat, skim off any excess scum, and add a knob of butter across the surface (to help dissolve any remaining scum).  Leave sit for 15 minutes for the fruit to settle.  And then transfer to jars/pots/containers.  Use a preserving and sealing kit if you want.

I served some here with gluten free bread bites.

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