Friday 12 September 2014

How to make Blackberry jam

How to make Blackberry jam

I made jam for the first time this week. Now you know I'm a self-confessed terrible cook. I can make a hash of the easiest of recipes so it's no wonder I haven't attempted Jam before. But then I found out how you make it ... put berries in a pan + splash of water + lemon and sugar = pot of jam. I had no idea it was that easy. So under the guidance of my crafty jam & jewellery-making pal Yidan, we made jam!

What you need to make jam:

1kg Blackberries (frozen or fresh)
1kg Jam sugar
Juice & zest of one lemon
4 / 5 Jam jars
Optional fabric, ribbon and label for lid

How to make Blackberry jam

Step 1:

Sterilise your jars and put to one side to drain.

Step 2:

Put your blackberries into a pan, with the water, lemon zest and lemon Juice and start cooking over a high heat.

Step 3:

Stir well. I must confess, we totally forgot about the zest :- / but it still turned out OK :-)

Step 4

Simmer until the berries are soft, then add the sugar and bring to the boil. Keep stirring and simmer for a further 10 / 20 mins or until the jam has reach your desired consistency and the fruit has broken down. Depending on how smooth / lumpy you like your jam you can give your berries a squish with a potato masher.

Step 5

To check if your jam has set, pour a drop onto a saucer and leave it to cool for a mo. Give it a nudge with your fingernail - if the jam wrinkles it has set. If it is still too runny continue to cook until it reaches a thicker consistency.

Step 6

Decant into your sterilised jam jars ... 

... and pop on a jam cover and lid to keep your jam fresh and store in a cool, dark place!

Step 7

To finish off your jam with a pretty lid,  simply cut a circle out of some fabric (we drew around a teacup). Secure onto the lid with an elastic band and finish it off with a ribbon and label.
Ta da!

Our jam was scrumptious, and I wasn't the only one who thought so - Yidan's gorgeous little girl Natalie gave it two thumbs up too! Jam isn't the only thing Yidan excels at - check out the beautiful jewellery in her Etsy and Ebay shop ... she's my go-too gal at Christmas and birthdays! 

JM & Yidan


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  1. I wish we could buy those covers here in Eastern Canada.. Your jam is simply gorgeous... Love your blog...ox

    1. Aw thanks Faye, glad you like it and thanks for taking the time to let me know x