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I have achieved jam!
Yesterday afternoon, I made 5 and a bit pots of blackberry & apple jam from the berries I collected on Tuesday. It seems to have set perfectly, despite not being able to get the temperature up to the “jam” mark on the cooking thermometer. However, the old fashioned wrinkle test said it would be OK, and it was.

Blackberry & apple jam

This morning entailed a big clean up of all the sticky things that had been involved in the jam making, namely the pressure cooker (not used as a pressure cooker for years, but it's still a nice big heavy pan for jam making), the baking sheet and draining board and jam thermometer. Also the jars got a wipe over and were labelled and photographed before being put away in the upstairs cupboard.

Taking stock of the jam, I won’t make any plum this year because there is still some of last year’s jostaberry and also plum left. As I’m planning to make some seedless blackberry & apple over the weekend, this will be plenty for the year. We don’t eat all that much jam so there’s no point in making too much.
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kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: August 24th, 2017 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love homemade jam ... and that sounds like a wonderful combination of flavors!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 26th, 2017 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apple does go will with the blackberry and it helps to ensure a good set.
grey853 From: grey853 Date: August 24th, 2017 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that looks yummy. Homemade is soooo much better than store bought.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 26th, 2017 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree that the flavour is much better. I've managed to make enough jam over the past about 3 years that I don't need to buy it from a shop. Though having said that, we're not great jam eaters, but when I do eat it, it's nice that it's homemade.
lab_jazz From: lab_jazz Date: August 26th, 2017 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I love home made jam though I don't make it myself.

I always buy it when I can from places like school fetes.

I'm sure that yours is lovely
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 26th, 2017 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have a couple of local markets that sell very nice home made jam, but though I'm not a great cook, I find jam making very satisfying. Just a few hours of effort give me enough jam to last all year.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: August 28th, 2017 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Looks great! I think five jars would barely last us three months...
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