Friday, September 16, 2011

Preserving Summer: Canning Blackberry Jam

Thank you to my friend Celina for sharing her family blackberry patch!

We tried a new blackberry recipe this year: blackberry-port jam. It came from Better Homes & Gardens Canning Cookbook (August 2011).

4 cups blackberries
5 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vintage port (we used Sandeman)
1/4 teaspoon groiund cloves

Gently crush berries in a cookpot while heating. After crushing slowly add sugar so it dissolves. When all sugar has been added, then add the port and cloves. Bring to a full rolling boil (stiffing constantly) and continue heating until the mixture sheets off a metal spool. Leave 1/4" headspace in canning jars.
Makes 5 half pint jars.

Some beautiful Maine blackberries
Just thick enough to sheet
We use the boiling water bath method
Bert is carefully filling the jars

Jars are filled and boiling

The finished product: blackberry jam to enjoy for the whole year

Our final product! Blackberry jam to enjoy all year.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Great deal on the GeoSpring water heater

I just saw this today.

Lowe's has discounted the GeoSpring water heathers.$600_off_water_heater