Blackberry Jam Recipe

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You can’t have an abundance of blackberries from your successful blackberry picking trip without making some blackberry jam! Naively, having always enjoyed shop bought blackberry jam, I had no idea that (1) it was so easy to make jam and (2) how much sugar actually goes into one single jam jar! So, I set out to make a ‘healthier’ version of jam, by adding lemon, honey and brown sugar instead of processed white sugar. 

Adding lemon juice isn’t just for flavour, there is a real science to making jam. You can find a great explanation over at thekitchn.com as to why lemon juice should be added when making jam, but essentially it’s all about the pH levels of the jam itself. When you cut the fruit and heat it with some sugar you the fruit releases pectin, which can’t form together to set the texture of actual jam (so it will end up being runny). Lemon juice lowers the pH levels and neutralises the pectin, in turn, setting the jam to the desired consistency. Lemon also prevents the growth of bacteria, which allows the jam to be sealed in regular boiled water in as little as ten minutes. 

Blackberry jam - motherhooddiaries


Turn the whole jam making process into a fun activity for the kids and after sterilising the jars, invite them to decorate their own jam jars as well.

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Decorating your own jam jars - motherhooddiaries

Blackberry Jam Recipe
When you have blackberries, you got to make some jam! This jam incorporates 'healthier' ingredients; honey, brown sugar, lemon and blackberries.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. About 2lbs or just under 1kg of blackberries. If you don't have enough, just add any fruit that you have to hand
  2. 2/3 cup honey
  3. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  4. 3 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Add your thoroughly washed blackberries to a large pot and bring to the boil. The blackberries will start to pop
  2. Turn the heat down and add the lemon, sugar and honey and mix well. Simmer for about 20 minutes to an hour, or until soft.
  3. Start mashing the berries with a potato masher until you reach the required consistency.
  4. Add to sterilised jars and leave to cool.
Notes
  1. Add the honey when you are simmering the mixture as boiling honey will cause it to lose its nutrients and enzymes to break down.
  2. Make sure to also sterilise your jars first. The mixture will thicken when it cools.
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So what are your favourite healthy jam recipes? Please share in the comments below.

Read my main post on ‘How to make the most of blackberry season’ here

Check out my ‘Blackberry Pie Recipe’ here

Don’t have an ice cream maker? No worries! Check out my ‘Blackberry, Strawberry and Dark Chocolate Chip Food Processor Ice Cream Recipe’ that tastes just like ice cream!

And these delicious ‘Almond and Blackberry Biscuit Squares’ will go down a treat with a nice hot cup of something.

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Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 5, and Aidan, 4. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked!

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