I tried another jam in my Kitchen Gadgets – Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker, a maker called FreshTech by Ball. This time it was blackberry jam. Once again it turned out great using this handy machine that makes only four half pints. Next time I will make jelly as there were too many seeds, even though it was very good. Mmmm – maybe my Farmer’s Market has “less seedy blackberries”. I enjoy eating them fresh but cooked in a jam brings out the seeds more.
This was Gene’s favorite jam and when the berries were in season in Kentucky we would travel to see his Mom and always come back with a bunch. I do not remember them having so many seeds!!! A nephew, Denny, when he was young tried my jam and said there were “baby nuts” in it and refused to eat it. He did not like nuts of any kind! Of course the nuts were just seeds but he still would not eat it. Anyways, I followed the reduced sugar method which is as follows.
- 3-1/4 cups crushed berries
- 3 tbsp. Ball RealFruit Classic Pectin
- 1/2 tsp. butter
- 2 cups sugar
Crush blackberries and measure out 3-1/4 cups. Sprinkle pectin evenly over the bottom of the pot fitted with the stirrer. Add crushed berries evenly over the pectin. Add the butter to help reduce foaming. Press JAM button – the cook time will automatically default to 21 minutes. Then press ENTER.
Wait 4 minutes for the jam maker to beep indicating it is time to gradually add the sugar. The appliance will beep at the end of process indicating jam cooking is complete. Press CANCEL, unplug the machine and remove the glass lid. Skim foam if necessary.
Process the jam by refrigerating, freezing or canning it. Process half pints for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath canner.
Lots of blackberries and processing the jam in my water bath canner.
The finished product…