Summer is the period of the year when we all open the closet full with fruits and vegetables and enjoy the delights which nature provides us endlessly and for a very low cost. We all want something light and hydrating during the boiling days and fruits can give us so much more than that.
The variety of fruits during the summer period is wider, the only thing we need to do is to take full advantage of that. However, as we are getting further in the summer season, I ran out of ideas about how to prepare my fruits and I truly wanted to experiment and find new ways of preparing fruits.
Smoothies recipes are on every corner, eating raw fruits, even though is the best way, can get a bit dull. I am sure that we are all ready for a new recipe which will enrich our summer.
Lately, I was hooked on all types of berries, especially the blackberry. I invented and improvised so many times with fresh blackberry, frozen or even canned, but all I could think of is an ordinary smoothie. Since the moment I decided to make my own jam. Blackberry jam turned out to be the most delicious jam I have ever tried.
How to make your homemade blackberry jam?
The process of making your own jam is relatively easy and simple, don`t worry if you haven`t made canned fruits before, it`s a piece of cake, you may not love it, but you will for sure do it.
- 6 c. crushed blackberries
- 1 box powdered pectin
- 6 ½ c. Sugar
Before you start making you jam, make sure you have jars, lids and bands, washed and dry. Put half full water in the boiling water canner and bring it to a simmer. In order to get a nice and smooth texture of the berries, please make sure you crush them cup by cup with potato masher instead of using food processor.
Pour the berries and 1 box of powdered pectin in a saucepan and bring it to a rolling boil over medium to high heat by stirring constantly. Add the sugar and continue with constant stirring. When it hits a full rolling boil, boil for an extra minute and remove it from the stove, removing the foam.
You can also place the jars in an oven, covered with 1 inch of water and process for 10 minutes, you can store the jam unopened for up to 1 year.
You can always make your own variations with the jam, depending on the taste and the creativeness. Whichever way you choose it will be a true refreshment in your kitchen.