Okay, okay - I know, don't judge me. This isn't a 'skinny' recipe - I just had SO many blackberries and thought this would be a good thing to try. Plus with jam, you only use a little at a time. Everything in moderation, right? If you substitute the sugar and try it - let me know how it turns out!
I found this recipe over at Repeat Crafter Me! If you know me, you know that I LOVE using the crockpot. There was one time during the school year that my co-workers would ask me everyday what I had cooking for dinner in the crockpot that day. I got a triple crockpot last Christmas so I can crockpot cook multiple recipes at the same time. When I saw this recipe and saw that it involved the crockpot, I was all for it!
2 pints of fresh blackberries (rinsed & dried)
2 1/2 cups of sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1. Lightly mash the berries in a large bowl with a pastry blender or potato masher. It'll be chunky.
2. Add the blackberries to the crockpot and add in 2 cups of sugar and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix together and cook on low with the lid on for 2 1/2 hours - stir twice during this time.
3. Remove the lid and cook on high for another 2 hours.
4. After that, I added an extra 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice and let it cook for another 30 minutes. If it seems too thin, add more sugar & lemon juice. It will thicken some as it cools. It won't have the same consistency as store bought jam, but it'll taste better!
5. If you prefer seedless, use a sieve to strain out the seeds. I made 2 jars with seeds and 2 jars seedless.
6. Can your Jam! (Per Google & a YouTube video: I heated my jars & lids - not boiled - to sanitize them and added my jam to them. Wipe the rims and add the lids securely by hand. Boil the jars for 10 minutes & let cool for 12-24 hours. Once cooled, the seal in the middle shouldn't move up and down. The lid will POP when you open it.)
There aren't any preservatives, so it should last about 6 months canned, or 2 months in the refrigerator.
I got these adorable wide mouth jars from Wal-mart.
Add a tag and ribbon and it makes for a perfect gift!
Try it on some Blackberry Cobbler Bread!
Or some Banana Blackberry Muffins!