Harvest Time.... Blackberry Jam - so easy!
It's harvest time and the traditional time for making jams and pickles and stocking up the store cupboards and freezer.
Blackberry picking is one of my favourite things, i've done it since I was a child and there's nothing better than coming home after a good walk, with a bag and belly full of juicey Blackberries- just watch out for the prickles though....
I keep a carrier bag in my pocket, you never know when you'll spot some lovely plump berries just ripe for picking.
Once home you have Blackberry and Apple Pie Black berry and Apple Crumble or best of all Blackberry Jam.....
Making your own blackberry jam is very easy, very satisfying and very cheap too and when the weather's turned to winter it's lovely to have homemade Black berry jam on toast or a scone to remind you of warmer days!
Home made Blackberry jam is also a great gift for Christmas, there aren't many people who don't love it, so it's a lovely thoughful gift and it really helps keep costs down.
Here's a great Blackberry Jam recipe that I use - it came from one of our vintage cookery books and never fails.
Half the weigh of the Blackberries in sugar.
1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice - optional.
Get a big pan, weigh your blackberries and half their weight in sugar, add these to the pan and bring to the boil stirring occassionally to stop the sugar sticking and burning on the bottom, once the mixture is at the boil, let it cook for 40 mins and you'll have black berry jam - you can add a table spoon of lemon juice of you like.
Once your jam is cooked you can spoon it into clean jars and seal with a wax paper disk and lid or cellophane cover secured with an elastic band.
You can then make lid covers from pretty vintage fabric and tie with vintage buttons and ribbon or even draw and cut out some circles of paper and get your children to decorate them for a personal touch. Finish with a label with the type of jam and the year.
A vintage recipe book and a pot of homemade jam makes a really wonderful gift .....