My local farmer’s market has a bumper crop of blackberries this time of year. Many markets even offer a “Pick your own” option. While the berries are perfectly delicious to eat right out of hand, they are also yummy to have year round. You can have the “taste of summer” by getting the kids together to make some homemade blackberry jam. This recipe is courtesy of my blogging friend Katey Howes: Visit her wonderful blog with reflections on motherhood and all kinds of fun activities for kids: http://www.kateywrites.wordpress.com
Smash blackberries to make 2 2/3 cups fruit. Put to boil with 2/3 cup water or juice, 3 TBSP low-sugar pectin. When it boils, add up to a cup of sugar (or equivalent of no sugar sweetener) and a teeny tiny pat of butter. Stir and boil hard for one minute. I just put it up in jars for fridge or freezer, but you can can it by processing filled & sealed jars for 10 minutes. Makes about 5 pints.
How’s that for easy? Use it on toast, muffins, waffles or as a topping for ice cream. YUM!