Sunday, September 12, 2010

It's Canning Time!

Like every other growing thing, the wild blackberries are late to ripen this year. In a "normal" year, I can begin picking sometime in early August. This year the first ripe berries were spied at the end of August. The good news is, with all of the rain we had in June and the storms this month, the ripe blackberries are big and plentiful. I finally had the time to pick last Sunday and Monday. Over those two days I filled two buckets with a little over 5 pounds of berries.

I washed them up Saturday morning and even had a few left over for piling onto vanilla ice cream. Saturday night I made two batches of blackberry jam, using the basic recipe that come in the pectin box. It is the only recipe that I have ever used and has always turned out well. Below, the fruits of my labor!

1 comment:

Heather said...

I have been in blackberry heaven! It is officially my new favorite berry. I did a low sugar pectin recipe that turned out well... I think it was ball pectin. I can imagine it over vanilla ice cream, plain yogurt for breakfast, on toast, mmmm. If you feel adventurous try the blackberry crumb cake I posted, but be careful... it is addictive!

ps. your kitchen looks lovely from what I can see:) Beautiful counters and cabinetry!