Make your own blackberry jam: It’s so easy

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Make your own blackberry jam: It’s so easy

By Nadja Kocsis

Delicious and quick recipes not only sweeten the summer. A homemade berry jam tastes good any time of the year. You can make this fruit jam yourself with just two ingredients. You don’t need more than ripe fruit and stored sugar for sweet bliss.

Blackberry jam is quick and easy to make at home. © 123RF/artsvitlyna

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

Whether as a breakfast spread or as a small gift for loved ones: Homemade berry jam impresses with its balanced sweetness and light berry acidity.

Berries contain many vitamins and minerals. If you want to preserve fruit all year round, grab canning jars now.

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

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Berry jam: recipe for those in a hurry

First of all, the jars and their lids are sterilized in boiling water. Only fresh berries 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 berries are easy to make a homemade jam.

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

Cooking berry jam | ingredients

Ingredients make about six jars of blackberry jam:

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

Cooking berry jam | the preparation

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

2. Step: Place the fruit in a large pot with the jam sugar, mix everything and let it boil. Add the juice of half a lemon or a packet of vanilla sugar as desired.

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

4. Step: The gel test is open: Take a spoonful of blackberry jam and put it in a small dish that has previously been chilled in the refrigerator. If the jam has remained, it can be placed in the prepared jars.

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

Good to know: If you want to enjoy 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/lsantili

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

2. Tip: For a particularly good balance of sweetness and acidity, the juice of half a lemon can be added during cooking.

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

4. Tip: Berries also harmonize perfectly with nectarines, apples or oranges. Just try it.

TAG24 wishes you luck and bon appetit!

Cover photo: 123RF/artsvitlyna

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