Boy, did I buy blackberries.
What can I say? They were on sale, and my boy loves him some berries.
Suffice it to say, I had an overabundance of berries.
So I decided to make jam.
|While your berries reduce on the stove top, put your jars and lids in a hot water bath to sterilize them. Mash your berries as they heat up (I just used my 97-cent potato masher).|
|Bring fruit to a boil, stirring constantly. Blackberries "spit" more than strawberries do! Wear an apron if you don't want to get berry splatter all over you!|
|Pour in the entire packet of pectin and stir until it's thoroughly dissolved.|
|Add sugar. Most recipes call for a TON of sugar. I used about 2 cups of sugar for this batch and the end product was plenty sweet. Bring to a boil again and boil one minute, stirring constantly. Take off heat.|
|I use a funnel and a ladle to get the jam into the jars. It cut down on the mess. Fill to bottom edge of the rim. Wipe off any jam off the rims with a clean dish towel.|
|Seal the jars tightly. Press down on the middle of the lid to check if it's sealed. If it pops back, it is not sealed yet.|
|Your jam shouldn't move at all when it's done setting.|
|Plenty of jam to share with friends! Don't worry; there was plenty for us to have some, too!|
I know. I've been terrible about keeping up with this on a daily basis, but it's the spirit that matters, correct?
Today's Joy Dare: 3 Gifts in Someone Older Than You
1. Perspective from a life longer lived, distance greater traveled, people loved and lost
2. Wisdom of a more grounded sort
3. Advice from a heart that is able to stand staunchly against the winds of worldly influence
Would love to hear yours!