{life and lauren mckinsey} Lauren McKinsey makes blackberry jam :: FREE printable mason jar toppers for jams and jellies

Lauren McKinsey makes blackberry jam :: FREE jam and jelly mason jar toppers

click HERE for your FREE printable jam and jelly mason jar toppers.

with the abundance of blackberries right outside our front door we have been in blackberry heaven.  my husband especially LOVES blackberry jam and his goal is to pick enough blackberries to make a year’s supply of jam!  as you can see he is well on his way!  in fact, he even rigged up a bucket that he hangs around his neck so that he can pick blackberries with BOTH hands!

Lauren McKinsey makes blackberry jam ::  FREE jam and jelly mason jar toppers Lauren McKinsey makes blackberry jam ::  FREE jam and jelly mason jar toppers

the bushes are loaded.

Lauren McKinsey makes blackberry jam ::  FREE jam and jelly mason jar toppers

the recipe i used came from food.com.  it’s a wonderful recipe but certainly not sugar free!  this recipe yields 7 – 8 ounce jars.

ingredients:

  • 5 cups crushed blackberries (do not puree, crush with a potato masher)
  • 7 cups sugar
  • 1 (1 3/4 ounce) package dry pectin (i used ball brand)

directions:

  • carefully measure out the berries, put them into a very large pot.
  • carefully measure sugar in a large bowl.
  • add the pectin to the berries a little at a time, stirring constantly.
  • heat on hi, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a FULL boil.
  • add sugar ALL at once, stirring.
  • bring mixture back to a full hard boil, stirring constantly.
  • boil for 1 minute.
  • remove from heat and ladle into clean, hot 8oz jars, leaving 1/4 inch space at the top.
  • wipe the rim of the jar and put canning lids and rings on fingertip tight.  place in canner with very hot water, make sure water is 1 inch above jars.
  • process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
  • remove and set them upright on a towel to set for 12 hours.

it’s as simple as that!

Lauren McKinsey makes blackberry jam ::  FREE jam and jelly mason jar toppers

the sugar and Ball pectin.

Lauren McKinsey makes blackberry jam ::  FREE jam and jelly mason jar toppers

filling the Ball canning jars with jelly!

Lauren McKinsey makes blackberry jam :: FREE jam and jelly mason jar toppers

lots and lots of jars.

Lauren McKinsey makes blackberry jam :: FREE jam and jelly mason jar toppers

knowing that i wanted to give away some of the jam as gifts, i created a FREE printable that is sure to impress your recipient!

the FREE jar toppers include:

  • blackberry jam
  • blackberry jelly
  • strawberry jam
  • strawberry jelly
  • blueberry jam
  • blueberry jelly

here are a few other recipes that i have found on pinterest that i can’t wait to try with our bumper crop of blackberries!  you might just find a favorite as well!

blackberry, bacon & blue cheese salad from Lemon Tree Dwelling

blackberry cobbler from Or so SHE says…

blackberry butter from The Lazy Daisy Kitchen

blackberry pie bars from Gonna Want Seconds

at the time of this post i have made 22 jars of jam!!!!

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