Mel and Mal's Blackberry Jam

Ingredients
  • 1kg of fresh blackberries
  • 50ml water
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon (about 2 tsp)
  • 850g sugar

You can pretty much use the same recipe for any soft fruit and it is very easy to make using this method

The jam shown is Blackberry Jam, absolutely delicious, full of flavour and colour but when fruit is not so plentiful, try using frozen summer fruits

Serves : 10        Prep/Cooking Time : 1hr 30mins

Tip : Make sure you give the blackberries a good wash in lightly salted cold water - gets any little creepy crawlies that are lurking out!

Instructions

All into One Maslin Pan

Place all the fruit, including the juice, the water and the lemon juice into a maslin pan.

Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat to simmering point and continue to simmer for 15 minutes with the lid off, stirring occasionally with a spoon.

On a very low heat, add the sugar and keep stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved. Then turn up the heat so you get the jam to a gently boil and boil for around 10 minutes but do NOT stir at this point.

Now Test the Jam

Meanwhile, place a saucer in the freezer compartment then when you think the jam is ready, you need to test it. So take the jam off the heat and take the saucer out of the freezer.

Carefully spoon some of the hot jam onto the saucer, which includes some of the berries, and place the saucer back into the freezer until cooled (about 10 mins). Then remove the saucer from the freezer and using your finger, push the jam forward and if the jam wrinkles it has reached setting point. If it does not do this, return the jam to the heat and continue to boil for a few minutes and then repeat the test until the jam wrinkles

Remove from the heat, let the jam settle for 10 mins then pour into sterilized jars and seal whilst hot. Label and pop into a cool place until you are ready to eat.

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