Make your own blackberry jam: It’s that easy

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Make your own blackberry jam: It’s that easy

By Nadja Kocsis

Tasty and quick recipes not only sweeten the summer. A homemade blackberry jam tastes good at any time of the year. You can make this fruity jam yourself with just two ingredients. You don’t need more than ripe fruit and preserving sugar for sweet happiness.

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Cooking jam is fun and can make a small contribution to sustainability. Between July and October the fruits of the blackberry bushes become large and black. If they turn out easily, they are ready to be picked.

Whether as a spread for breakfast or as a small gift for loved ones: Homemade jam made from blackberries impresses with its balanced sweetness and the slight acidity of the berries.

Blackberries contain many vitamins and minerals. If you want to preserve the fruit for the whole year, grab the preserving jars now.

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Our classic recipe reveals the ingredients needed and how easy it is for anyone to become a jam maker.

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Blackberry jam: recipe for those in a hurry

First, the jars and their lids are sterilized in boiling water. Only fresh blackberries without rotten spots are used to make the jam. In addition to the glasses, you need a clean pot, a tea towel, a funnel, a wooden spoon and some pretty labels.

Fresh blackberries are easy to make into a homemade jam.

Fresh blackberries are easy to make into a homemade jam. © 123RF/kolesnikovskerg

Cooking Blackberry Jam | ingredients

The ingredients make about six jars of blackberry jam:

  • 1 kg of blackberries
  • 500 g preserving sugar (2:1)
  • Depending on your taste, the juice of half a lemon or 1 packet of vanilla sugar

Cooking Blackberry Jam | preparation

1. Step: Sort, weigh and wash the blackberries.

2. Step: Put the fruit in a large saucepan with the jam sugar, mix everything together and bring to the boil. Optionally add the juice of half a lemon or a packet of vanilla sugar.

3. Step: Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Once the blackberries are bubbling with the preserving sugar, start the cooking time of about four to five minutes.

4. Step: The gel test is on: Take a spoonful of blackberry jam and place it on a plate that has been pre-chilled in the fridge. When the jam has set, it can be placed in the prepared jars.

5. Step: Place the funnel on the clean jars and carefully pour in the hot jam. If something does go wrong, you can use a clean tea towel to wipe it off. Now close the lid tightly and turn the jars upside down, let them cool, stick on the marked labels and your homemade blackberry jam is ready.

Good to know: If you want to enjoy a seedless blackberry jam, pass the cooked jam through a fine mesh sieve before filling.

Blackberry jam: tips and variations

Homemade blackberry jam is suitable as a spread for bread and rolls.

Homemade blackberry jam is suitable as a spread for bread and rolls. © 123RF/lsantilli

1. Clue: If you want to cook a sophisticated blackberry jam, you are welcome to add 200 g of finely chopped chocolate.

2. Clue: For a particularly good balance of sweet and sour, the juice of half a lemon can be added when cooking.

3. Clue: After the jam is cooked, stir in a bunch of finely chopped mint.

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4. Clue: Blackberries also harmonize perfectly with nectarines, apples or oranges. Just try it.

TAG24 wishes you prosperity and a good appetite!

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