Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Homemade Blackberry Jam

More blackberries!! Honestly, we picked so many I'm struggling to get rid of them all, so to make a significant dent in our stash I decided to make my first ever homemade jam! I definitely made a dent, I ended up making 5 jars of the stuff... At least we won't be running out of jam any time soon!

I got the recipe from 500 Recipes For Jams, Pickles, Chutneys by Marguerite Patten, but doubled the recipe as I wanted to use up as many blackberries as possible!

You will need:
- 4lb. blackberries
- sugar
- juice of 2 lemons

How to make your jam:
1. simmer the blackberries and lemon juice until all the blackberry juices have come out
2. sieve to remove the pips (this takes ages so for a quicker alternative squeeze it through a jelly bag, just make sure it doesn't split because trust me, you'll have smushed blackberries everywhere...)
3. measure out 1 lb. of sugar to each pint of pulp (prepare to be horrified at the amount of sugar that goes in, I used A WHOLE 1KG BAG)
4. reheat the blackberries then stir in the sugar until dissolved
5. boil rapidly without stirring until it's set

TIP: some jams are ready in 3-5 mins while others can take 10-15 mins so test early to make sure it doesn't overboil. To test put a little bit of jam on a plate and leave it to cool, then push with a spoon. If it forms a skin and wrinkles then it's done! Another way is to coat a wooden spoon in the jam and wait for it to cool, then hold it horizontally. If the jam hangs in a firm drop then it's set!

6. pour into some cute little jam jars and top with a waxed circle and transparent cover secured with string or an elastic bag (or just put on the jar lid, I decided to use both lid and transparent cover because it looks nice :) )

Et voila! Enjoy your jam! 

Have you got any more blackberry recipes? I'm desperate to use them all up!

Love, Beth xxx


  1. Awesome! I've always wanted to learn how to make jam! xx thanks for the recipe :)
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    1. No problem, glad you liked it :) You should definitely give it a go, it's surprisingly easy! xxx

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