Sweet, rich and naturally flavorful Homemade Blackberry Jam is so good that you will need to stock up on bread so you can make toast for breakfast as an excuse to spread this wonderful natural reward. When cooking this jam you will notice a fragrance permeating throughout that is full of sweet notes of tart berry mixed with inviting tones of lemon melted sugar. Aromas like this are what makes a house into a home. A generation or two ago ladies would measure their reputation as a cook by being master prepares of the best jam in town. That sentiment is still ever present and remains part of our culture. My goal is to develop those kinds of memories for my children by setting the bar for how to spend time together. With absolutely zero preservatives and a lot less sugar compared to store bought, this is a guilt free treat for the kids. My kids will get up early to toast an English muffin or a slice of bread for breakfast when this fresh made jam is one of the choices. This can also be added to oatmeal or used to smother a scone to add a bit of seasonal delight to the midsummer breakfast experience. Check out my video to see just how easy this jam is to make and let me know what you think of the recipe.
As with most jams; you can substitute any type of fresh seasonal fruit local to your area and likely accomplish the same goal of deliciousness.
This Jam can be kept in the refrigerator for weeks or up to a month. But good luck with that once your kids find out just how good it tastes. This never lasts very long in my house. My children eat the jam with almost everything they can think of. It’s so good, if I let them, they would eat straight out of the jar. Of course, I don’t let them do that… but they haven’t caught me doing it yet 😉
- 4 cups fresh blackberries 6 oz packages
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Place the blackberries, sugar and lemon juice in a medium sized pot.
- Mash everything together using a potato masher. I do not recommend using a food processor. In my opinion the best Jams have chunks of fruit and make the homemade appeal authentic and traditional.
- Turn the stove top heat to medium-high. Stirring every few minutes and scoop out the foam. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Turn down the heat to medium-low. Then simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes.
- Let the berries simmer until most of the juice evaporates. Then turn off the heat. The mixture will thicken after as the jam reaches room temperature.
- Once cool enough to touch; Transfer the contents to a jar or container and place in the refrigerator.
- It’s good for up to 4-6 weeks.