Ever wonder what to do with all those blackberries that come into season during summertime? Well, here's a recipe using blackberries and some simple ingredients to create delicious homemade blackberry jam without pectin!
Combine the berries, 120 ml (½ cup) water, sugar and lime juice in a pot over medium heat.
Allow the mixture to come to a boil and cook for about 10 mins. The berries will have softened, and everything will be a lovely deep red colour. Using a spoon, remove any excessive foam that may have formed on the surface.
Using a fork or potato masher, mash the berries thoroughly.
Whisk the corn starch with the remainder of the water in a separate bowl to make a slurry. Add the corn starch slurry to the berries mixture and stir vigorously.
Turn up the heat to high and cook for a couple of minutes, continuing to stir (be careful of the splatters!) and allow the blackberry jam to thicken.
Remove from heat and cool completely before storing in a sterilized jar.
Make sure your blackberries are ripe before adding them to the jam. Ripe berries will give off more juice than unripe ones.
Use a large enough pot so that you can boil the jam without burning yourself. A small one won't be able to hold the heat well.
When you're done stirring the jam, let it sit for at least 10 minutes before transferring it to jars. This allows the flavours to mingle together.
Sterilize your jars by running them through the dishwasher and allowing them to dry. Alternatively, wash them in hot, soapy water, rinse them and allow them to dry before using.
After transferring the jam to jars, cover each jar with a lid and store them in a cool place until ready to eat.
Blackberry Jam Variations
Instead of using plain water, you can add ½ cup of white wine to the mix. This will enhance the flavour of the jam. Also, I like adding a little Chambord to enhance the flavours.
For a sweeter version of this jam, replace half of the sugar with honey.
Try adding cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon or vanilla bean seeds to the jam for an extra kick of flavour.
You can also add apples to this jam to make apple blackberry jam. For this recipe, try adding a whole grated apple.
Try adding chopped peaches or plums to this jam - these fruits will add a slight tartness.