Across from my grandmother’s house, we have an empty lot where blackberries grow. In high school, I would pick over 10 gallons a summer but in the last few years we have not had a very good crop. It was ok because it was so hot out and if there were lots I would have felt the need to pick as many as possible. When you pick blackberries you have to wear jeans, long sleeves and lots of insect repellent and with the temp, it was really hard to get all geared up to pick. I had about 3 evenings where I was able to get quite a few. We had enough for 2 cobblers, 1 batch of jam (6 jars), enough to have on cereal for a week, and some to give away.
Here is the recipe for the jam I made. I have made it in the past and just made freezer jam instead of doing the whole canning process.
What you need:
4 cups crushed blackberries (about 1 1/2 quarts whole berries)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 box (1 -3/4 or 2 ounces) powdered pectin
6 cups sugar
Wash 6 half-pint jars. Keep hot until needed. Prepare lids as manufacturer directs.
In large, non-aluminum pot, combine the crushed berries, lemon juice and pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Quickly add sugar, still stirring. Return to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, then let boil while stirring, for 1 minute. (If using a 2-ounce box of pectin, boil for 2 minutes.) Remove from heat and skim off any foam. (This batch didn’t have any foam so if yours doesn’t don’t worry.)
If preparing jam for the pantry, ladle into one hot jar at a time, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims with a clean, damp cloth. Attach lid. Fill and close remaining jars. Proccess in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. ( 15 minutes at 1,000 ro 6,000 feet; 20 minutes above 6,000 feet)
There is a great story that our pastor told one Sunday about the Kerr jar plant in San Francisco back in the early 1900’s. The quick version is that Mr. Kerr began to tithe and unseen blessings kept coming to him and he was able to open the Kerr Glass company. He held Malachi 3:10-12 in his heart and knew that God would stay faithful to his word.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe, ” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.” Malachi 3:10-12
In 1906, there was an earthquake in San Francisco. All of his friends were telling him he was a ruined man because his factory was surely destroyed but he knew God would stay faithful! He wired to San Fran and found out his factory was in the heart of a huge fire and was undoubtedly destroyed.
He kept believeing what Malachi 3:10 said, ” “I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground.” A week later he received a message saying: “Everything for a mile and a half on all sides of the factory burned; but your factory was miraculously saved.”
He returned to his wooden factory in San Fran that was full of oil for melting glass to see that his factory was as it was before. God is faithful to his word!!!
I googled the story and found the full version here.