Blackberry Jam and other controversies


Just LOOK at what we found at the farmer’s market over the weekend! Jam! Well, not yet anyway.

We found these old Mason jars in a junk store a few years ago – five of them for $3 — and I love the way the jam looks in them.

I know that some people strain the seeds from the jam but we don’t. Call us crazy. We don’t care.

One batch of blackberry jam is 5 cups crushed fruit, one package of dry Sure Jell pectin and 7 cups of sugar. You add the pectin to the berries and bring to a boil. Next, add the sugar and bring back to a hard, rolling boil for one minute. Fill clean and hot jars, add lids and rings.

And here’s the controversial next step. Turn the jars upside down for 5 minutes, then flip them back over and let them cool. I know, I know, most recipes will tell you to put the jars into a water bath but you don’t REALLY have to do that.

You’ll start to hear the pop of the lids sealing almost instantly, indicating that the jars are properly sealed and ready for storage or serving or gifting.

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About Dianna Ott

Lydia Street is about an old house, a new garden and the adventures of the lovely and talented occupants, Dianna and Christe. We love our dogs; we love to cook; we love to garden; and we have too many house projects going on at the same time. We also have plenty of stories to tell. Visit us at www.lydiastreet.com.
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12 Responses to Blackberry Jam and other controversies

  1. Jorie says:

    Mmmm fresh blackberry jam sounds wonderful right about now!

  2. Thanks for the plug! We make our jam both ways, but my daughter definitely prefers without seeds. I’m of the age to see the seeds as extra fiber 😉 Nice post!!

  3. dearflash says:

    Love, love, love jam with seeds!

  4. dorannrule says:

    Oooooh! This jam looks scrumptious! I’ve never made jam before and your way looks easy. I have saved your recipe complete with photos! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Emily says:

    I think I’m going to have to try this recipe… I’ve been wanting to make jam.

  6. Lydia Street says:

    Really? Was that a good price (remembering that you know about antiques). We wish there had been more …

  7. YUM! You got a DEAL on those jars!! They look delicious!!

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