Sunday, 21 September 2014

Blackberry Jam


In August we went on a family holiday to a place called Shatterford in Worcestershire. We stayed at the idyllic cottage on the Shatterford Lakes. The spacious cottage is surrounded by 6 adjoining fishing lakes that are filled with fresh natural spring water from the valley.





The lakes are perfect location for fishing and also for walking. The serene setting has stunning views, it is perfect for relaxing and you will see plenty of wildlife, hens, chickens, sheep and dear around the lakes. 
A well kept road leads to the lakes where you can stop to enjoy the views, have a coffee in the cafe or enjoy a picnic on the rustic picnic tables dotted around. Each lake is surrounded by a path allowing you to walk around them. There is lots of bracken, greenery, wild shrubs and bushes and plenty of blackberry bushes. 



 August is prime time for the berry season and we found that the blackberry bushes had plenty of ripe juicy berries all ready to be picked. Picking the berries was not a difficult task, although filling the basket was as they were so temptingly juicy and delicious that it was really hard not to pop them straight into your mouth.




We picked lots of blackberries which we later made into blackberry jam and also apple and blackberry crumble. The unadulterated flavour of the blackberries was truly delectable.




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Blackberry Jam
Freshly foraged English blackberries made into delicious summer blackberry jam
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups Blackberries
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Lemon
Instructions
1. Rinse the blackberries in water to remove any dirt and pat them dry on some kitchen paper.2. Place the blackberries with the sugar in a heavy bottomed pan and place the pan on the medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer.3. Extract the juice from the lemon and add it to the blackberries and sugar.4. Simmer the blackberry jam for 25-30 minutes stirring intermittently. 5. Place a glass plate in the fridge, to check if the jam is ready, drop a blob of of jam onto the cold place and leave it to cool for a couple of minutes. After a couple of minutes draw a channel in the jam using your finger, if the jam remains parted it s ready. If the channel fills up the jam still need more cooking.6. Once the jam is ready, remove it from the heat and allow it to reach room temperature. 7. Transfer the jam to sterilised glass jar.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 jar

32 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! Looks delicious!

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  2. Oh My goodness, that place looks beautiful. As does the amazing jam. We went fruit picking this summer, but it was all eaten very quickly.x

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  3. I remember every summer picking blackberries in a giant patch next to the house. Then it was jam making time and wine making time. I can still taste the jam and have never found any commercial product even getting close to homemade. Most berries and their natural sweetness with a serving of sugar. Miss those childhood summers.

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  4. that looks soo good and the receipe doesnt look to hard to follow

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  5. Hey Nayna

    YUMMM - I need to learn how to make jam!!

    Shatterford sounds like a writer's haven! ;)

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures, the decadent recipe and a fun introduction to a scenic spot! #HUGSSS

    Much love
    Kitto

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  6. Sounds like a fab holiday Nayna. Your photos are fabulous as is the look of your jam. I've made blackberry and apple jelly loads of times and now chocolate blackberry jam, but never blackberry jam on it's own.

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  7. Blackberry jam is one of my favourites Nayna and yours looks amazing! Karen

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  8. What beautiful photos. The jam sounds delicious as well.

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  9. Your jam looks delicious and so simple to make. Pinning so I can try it myself x

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  10. What a beautiful place for a holiday! My Mum tried to make plum jam last week and boiled it for far too long. She ended up burning it to the pot and thought she might have to throw it out! Until she googled it and found boiling tomatoes works!

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  11. Everything you do with cooking or baking makes me so happy to read your posts.

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  12. I really enjoyed all of your posts and your pictures!

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  13. oooh we must go out blackberry foraging before it's too late! There are still a few in our local park, I think. Your jam looks divine.

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  14. Oh yum. We went out to get some the other day to make jam but had left it too late and there were hardly any left to pick. The rest of the village had got there before us.

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  15. What a beautiful place, it looks so idyllic! I have never made jam, but I bet this is yummy x

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  16. We all love blackberries and I love preserves recipes which don't use huge amount of fruit in them.

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  17. I really want to try making my own jam

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  18. We had a lovely family cycle ride in the local countryside last weekend all finished off with some blackberry picking. It was fab!

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  19. Lovely pictures of an idyllic holiday. Love the blackberry jam recipe. We still have quite a lot of blackberries in the hedgerow and this would be a perfect way to use them. GG

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  20. we just used the last jar of blackberry jam from last year - need to make some more!

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  21. Please come round to my house and pick the gazillions of blackberries still in the hedges and make me some jam.

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  22. It looks so scrummy! Your holiday looks great too, lovely pictures

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  23. Yummmmmyy! I love blackberry jam, and apple and blackberry crumble has to be my favourite dessert... have you any left?!

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  24. This sounds really simple. I've put off making jam because I've always been worried it's difficult to do. I will try it one day!

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  25. Oh my goodness that sounds delicious. I absolutely love blackberries. Gorgeous photos too

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  26. That looks amazing!! We have some blackberries growing near us, I totally want to try that! :)

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  27. the berries and jam sound yummy and what a lovely place to have a holiday

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  28. I made some blackberry liquor with some of my haul this year and still have more stashed away in the freezer so might have to give this a go I think.

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  29. i love picking blackberries every September to make our jam. This year i added a few strawberries to the mix and i honestly think they made it taste even nicer. Still got a couple of pots left

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  30. I love picking blackberries every year in our local park and this year we made pies and a few pots of jam. i added a few strawberries to my blackberry jam this year and i think it made it taste even nicer.

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  31. My highlight every late summer is picking blackberries, have never made jam out of them but have made compote, I bet your jam captures that lovely glimpse of summer we get!

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