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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Homemade Blackberry Preserves | Printable Labels | Saving Summer

Easy Homemade Blackberry Preserves

As I mentioned last week, we have a prolific amount of blackberries due to my Dad's blackberry patch.  After making several Blackberry Cobblers, we still didn't seem to make a dent in the berries.  

Sometimes in the middle of summer bounty, you can almost forget the bleakness of winter that is just 6 months away.  Our Granny used to always put up peaches in the summer and get them out on Christmas morning.  They were always a little frozen and slushy, and delicious on Christmas morning.  A little breath of summer.  

The thought of bottling a little bit of our carefree summer in the form of Blackberry preserves gave Emma and me a little motivation after school last week.  I can't wait to get these out to top our biscuits for a snuggly fire-side breakfast this winter. 

While I did consults some recipes, truth-be-told, I have no idea how much sugar is in our preserves.

That's what happens when I'm behind the camera and Emma is in charge.

I was shocked to find out how much sugar other recipes sited - ours was not nearly as sugar heavy.  I wanted it to taste like fresh blackberries, not sugared jelly.

I think it was a little something like this : 

6 cups of Blackberries
1 1/2 - 2 cups of sugar
juice of 1 lemon

Put it in a big saucepan and cook for maybe 30 minutes.

As I said, I wanted to preserve the taste of a fresh summer blackberry, so I didn't mash or smash or attempt to remove the seeds.  Not only will they be more of the essence of a real summer berry, it was much easier.  Much easier.

While the berries continued to simmer and thicken (cooking for almost 1 hour on low heat), I sterilized the jars in water for 5 minutes.  Just make sure the water is simmering.

I removed the jars with tongs and put them on a pan for filling.  Make sure jars are still hot when spooning in hot jam so the jars don't break.

I found that ladaling the mixture into a pouring measuring cup made filling very easy.

Our recipe made 5 jars.

I sealed the jars by submerging them in simmering water for 10 minutes and watching until there were no more bubbles coming out.  For detailed canning instructions, try here.

Of course I needed some cute labels for our jars.  I used the 2.5" Printable Circle Labels from my store.  They come as 6 sheets of 12 for $5.  I love having them around to make homemade goodies look great.

Here is the template download for the labels.  You can personalize them, of course, for anything.

Now, if I could just bottle up this...  

Happy Summer : )


  1. Looks fantastic. Now I just need to find an obliging blackberry patch... Love those simple labels, too. I'm really not a fan of the stickers you're supposed to put on the side of the jar; I'd much rather let their contents shine through!

  2. I've always been afraid to can. You make it look so easy. And those labels are adorable.


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