Get your Blackberry Jam on!

kai galway, award winning food

This is the time of year when those luscious black berries appear on bushes along the roadsides of rural Ireland. Blackberries stir childhood memories with most of us, reminding us that the summer is gone and schooldays have come around again.

Having had such a great summer this year the berries are big, ripe and juicey – just the way we like them. There was nothing more satisfying than leaning over the gigantic bushes as a child and getting stung by nettles just to pick the juciest berry on the bush. The sting never mattered as the prize was well worth it.

Irish mammies have lots of blackberry jam recipes for spongecakes, pavlovas, and summer tarts, however it’s always been a good idea to preserve some of your crop to ensure the memory of summer fades slowly. Try not to use shop bought berries as it’s just not as satisfying.

Here’s a simple Blackberry recipe that will have you tasting the summer fruits long into winter.

Ingredients:

8 cups blackberries (2 lbs or 1 kg)

1/2 cup water

1/4 lemon juice

4 cups granulated sugar

Method:

In a large pot add the blackberries, water and lemon juice and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Add the sugar slowly, constantly stirring until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar is dissolved reduce the temperature to a medium heat until the liquid thickens. This can take up to 15 minutes.

To test if it’s set put a small spoonful of jam on a cold plate(from the freezer), if it wrinkles – you’re good to go!

Get the jam jars out and spoon the jam in.

Make sure to have a nice scone ready to enjoy the fruits of your labour. There’s nothing nicer than trying the fresdhly made jam straight out of the pot!

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