I decided to kick off September by whipping up some Blackberry Jam and giving a jar away to one of my readers! I am trying to build my followers, so the winner of the jam will be the person that brings the most followers by Tuesday 9/6/2011. To win, leave a comment on this posting with the names of the followers you added and make sure that the people you bring actually click "follow" on the blog! I will contact the winner for their address information and send the delicious, homemade blackberry jam your way!
This will be the first of many (hopefully) give-aways and I am super excited!
Here are my jam pictures and the recipe!
I just love the deep, rich purple color and subtly-sweet flavor of blackberries.
I always add a few tablespoons of lemon to my jam to help ease the sweetness.
I love the vibrant color left on the bowl. Glorious fall jewel tones are even in my food!
This is the magic bubbling.
For this batch of jam, I substituted 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 cup of honey when the recipe called for 3 cups of white sugar. It tastes fabulous.
To test the gel-ness (is that a word?!) of my jam, I always put a little drop on a small plate and pop it in the freezer for about 5 minutes. When I take the plate out, I run my finger through the middle of the drop. If the jam doesn't run back together - its done!
Blackberry jam ready to go home with you!
September-Fabulous Blackberry Jam3 cups of crushed blackberries (you can crush in a bowl with a masher or spoon)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup honey
2 tbsps lemon juice
Put all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and cook on high for 5 minutes. (Should come to a rolling boil). Reduce heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes, stir occasionally. After the 15 minutes, do my gel test from above! Done + yum!
Don't forget to bring me followers and I will send you some jam!
Lovelies, I hope you all enjoy the very best of September!