I have this huge desire to make some jam….. Apple and blackberry jam to be precise.
After hunting high and low I finally found my Good Housekeeping Complete Book of Home Preserving
First problem is I have no jars…. but I have asked around and they have started pouring in and I am sure I will have tons of them very soon.
Second problem is, can I pick enough blackberries, I need 4lb of them.
You will have to watch this space to see if I manage to pull it off.
But I do have a plan B as I know someone with a nice plum tree full of plums 🙂
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one last time, and i’ll quit being a pest.
the united states department of agriculture and georgia state university offer a free home food preservation online course to get you going with the best advice available.
here’s the page that explains the program, and the signup link is located here.
sorry about the third comment, but i should clarify nothing i said in the comment above applies to the making of freezer jam.
another quick comment…trying to use the jars pictured for canning is quite hazardous, as this comment from pressure cooker manufacturer presto suggests:
this company does not have a financial interest in jar sales…i have canned, and this really is a big deal.
it’s fun to play, but play safe.
do you have thrift (or secondhand) shops in your community? these are excellent sources of proper canning jars at low cost.
you can make freezer jam as well, assuming you are able to provide the freezer space.
the results are excellent and safe (this method does not involve cooking, but there is no biological risk, either).
by the way…wanna try something radical?
prepare your favorite beef stroganoff recipe, and at the last second, after removing the pan from heat, toss in a few of the blackberries, and give the pan and it’s contents a flip or two. let it sit for just a few seconds with no additional heat needed, and it’s ready to go.
at first glance this seems entirely bizarre, but i assure you it is surprisingly yummy. (and it works with raspeberries, too!)
I love making preserves. I used to make a lot of chutney but people here won’t eat dried fruit. Good luck with the jam making!
I used to make plum jam a lot because we have a plum tree. But now the raccoons take them all and the tree is rather infected by gall and is not as prolific as in former times.
an ambitious project. I have faith you will make it. If you need help ask Jenny over at Mountain Mama, she makes loads of jam!
I will watching this space…:-). I have never made Jam…pick lots of Blackberries, every year and freeze them. Make apple and blackberry crumbles when I have visitors..