Did I mention already that my sweet husband brought home quarts and quarts of yummy fresh blackberries he picked himself? Between the two crust blackberry pie and the chilled blackberry pie I made, we also ate berries by the handful, and I had at least two bowls of berries with milk and sugar, one of my absolute favorite ways to eat berries of any kind.
And even after all of that, I still had berries left--enough to make this super easy jam. Because it's not cooked or heat processed, it has to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer, hence the other name for this--freezer jam. I made this a few years ago when I bought a whole flat of fresh strawberries, so it works for pretty much any kind of berries and also some other kinds of fruit.
This time around I used a different brand of fruit pectin and a slightly different technique from what I did before, so be sure to read the directions on your jelly-making-stuff.
- 4 cups crushed blackberries
- 1 1/2 c sugar
- 1 pkg Ball No Cook Freezer Jam fruit pectin
In order to get 4 cups crushed berries, I measured 4 cups of whole berries, poured them into a bowl, and smashed them up with my pastry blender. I poured the crushed fruit back into the measuring cup, and kept crushing a cup at a time until I got a full 4 cups. You could also use a potato masher, but my potato masher is in my other kitchen at home in Louisiana instead of with me in Georgia where I need it. That's the story of my life, but, I digress!
For berries and fruit with a lot of seeds, you may want to press about half of the fruit through a sieve or a jelly strainer. I didn't do this step, because I was using the last of the berries and I was afraid I wouldn't have enough left to make my full 4 cups. Also note--you want the fruit to be crushed, but not liquefied-the whole point of making jam vs. jelly is having some body to it.
And that's it! I ended up with three full freezer jam pints, and a little left over. I bought a package of special freezer jam jars (I did have a coupon!) but you could put this in any plastic container with a good seal.
Remember--because this is not cooked or heat processed, it must be stored in the fridge or freezer till you use it!
This goes really well with peanut butter...
Or on homemade biscuits...
And by a big coincidence(!), my super easy recipe for buttermilk biscuits will be coming up next!
This recipe is linked t0:
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace
Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Tuesday at the Table at All the Small Stuff
Works for Me Wednesday at We are THAT Family
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Until next time, good cooking, and good eating!