Wild Blackberry Bourbon Jam with FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker #Tutorial

Wild Blackberries

Wild blackberry season is a favorite time of year in our rural home.  Deep, rich hues of plum and burgundy dot our property begging to stain our fingers and delight our taste buds!

There’s no shortage of ways to store the excess berries. From pie filling to homemade syrups, we put each one to good use.  Wild blackberry jam is a must as well as a secondary favorite, wild blackberry bourbon jam.  This sophisticated update to standard jam makes a fabulous topping for cheesecakes, ice cream, and even a nice slice of whole wheat toast.  Both steeped in Kentucky traditions, wild blackberries and bourbon are simply a match made in southern culinary heaven.

Wild Blackberry Bourbon Jam with FreshTECH

This year I had a bit of welcome help with my blackberry jam efforts from the FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker.  This nifty little ditty takes all the guess-work and the actual physical work out of jam making.  If you’ve ever made blackberry jam on the stove top, you’ll marvel at the hands-free process and results the FreshTECH offers.  At this point, I’m wondering how I ever got along before this beauty landed in our rural kitchen…

Wild Blackberry Bourbon Jam (reduced sugar version)

3 and 1/2 cups Wild Blackberries
3 tbsps Ball RealFruit Classic Pectin
1/2 tsp Butter
1/2 ounce Bourbon (reserve label or top shelf- use the good stuff!)
2 cups Sugar

Clean dirt from berries using preferred method (rinse, towel, etc.) making certain to drain berries, if needed.

Using a potato masher, crush berries and set aside.

Prepare FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker for use according to manufacturers instructions.

Wild Blackberry Bourbon Jam with FreshTECHEvenly spread pectin over the bottom of the FreshTECH pot.

Spread crushed berries evenly over the pectin in the FreshTECH pot.

Cut butter into small chunks and place evenly around FreshTECH pot.

Wild Blackberry Bourbon Jam with FreshTECH

Press the JAM button on the FreshTECH unit and follow instructions for cook time according the manufacturers guide.

Wild Blackberry Bourbon Jam Reduced Sugar #Recipe

Add sugar to FreshTECH unit as directed in manufacturers guide.

When the sugar has fully dissolved add bourbon.

Wild Blackberry Bourbon Jam Reduced Sugar #Recipe

Cook jam in FreshTECH according to manufacturers guide.

When jam cooking process is complete, shut down unit according to manufacturers guide.

Skim foam from the top of the jam, if needed, and dispose of.

Use a ladle and funnel to fill clean jam jars, freezer containers or other preferred storage containers.

Wild Blackberry Bourbon Jam Reduced Sugar #Recipe

Continue to preserve jam using your preferred method of pressure canning, freezer canning or simple refrigeration.

That’s it!  Easy-peasy delicious jam in under 30 minutes.

No more guess work trying to figure out what went wrong in the process of your jam and why it didn’t set properly.

No more sweating over the stove constantly stirring to make sure the jam doesn’t overheat or stick to the bottom of the pan.

You know what I did while my wild blackberry jam cooked?  I finished the laundry and started a novel I’ve been itching to read.

Clean up is a breeze, too.  The jam residue rinses away from the FreshTECH pot and stirrer with just a little bit hot water.

Whether you are a pro jam and jelly maker or a newbie to the world of preserves,

Want to learn more about canning?  Check through the archives of Rural Mom and visit http://www.freshpreserving.com.

Wild Blackberry Bourbon Jam Reduced Sugar #Recipe

Wild Blackberry Bourbon Jam

Wild Blackberry Bourbon Jam

Ingredients

  • 3 and 1/2 cups Wild Blackberries
  • 3 tbsps Ball RealFruit Classic Pectin
  • 1/2 tsp Butter
  • 1/2 ounce Bourbon (reserve label or top shelf- use the good stuff!)
  • 2 cups Sugar

Instructions

  • NOTE: This recipe is designed for use with the FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker. You can easily adapt to stove top following normal jam making procedures.
  • Clean dirt from berries using preferred method (rinse, towel, etc.) making certain to drain berries, if needed.
  • Using a potato masher, crush berries and set aside.
  • Prepare FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker for use according to manufacturers instructions.
  • Evenly spread pectin over the bottom of the FreshTECH pot.
  • Spread crushed berries evenly over the pectin in the FreshTECH pot.
  • Cut butter into small chunks and place evenly around FreshTECH pot.
  • Press the JAM button on the FreshTECH unit and follow instructions for cook time according the manufacturers guide.
  • Add sugar to FreshTECH unit as directed in manufacturers guide.
  • When the sugar has fully dissolved add bourbon.
  • Cook jam in FreshTECH according to manufacturers guide.
  • When jam cooking process is complete, shut down unit according to manufacturers guide.
  • Skim foam from the top of the jam, if needed, and dispose of.
  • Use a ladle and funnel to fill clean jam jars, freezer containers or other preferred storage containers.
  • Continue to preserve jam using your preferred method of pressure canning, freezer canning or simple refrigeration.
  • That’s it! Easy-peasy delicious jam in under 30 minutes.
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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.

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Comments

  1. Reply

    We planted a blackberry plant here at our new house and hope that it takes off so that we are able to make this jam!

    1. Reply

      Given a little time, I’m sure you’ll have a great crop, enjoy!

  2. Reply

    That is so cool, I would love to make my own jellies and jams. Apparently I just need to add it to my “To Do” list, this looks like it might make it easier.

  3. Reply

    This looks amazing… I love the Jam you made.. wish I could try it..looks delicious… love the FreshTech Automatic Jam maker.. sooo cool.. I think I will add it to my Christmas list… LOVE it

  4. Reply

    Wow, this jelly looks delicious. I think having this would motivate me to make more fresh jelly at home.

  5. Reply

    mmm that jam looks delicious! i need to get that jam and jelly maker

  6. Reply

    Are there any adjustments that need to be made if using the stove top?

  7. Reply

    Hi Lynn! There will be no variation in ingredients, but a few in processing. If you have processed jam via stove top before, then it should be easy to adjust but if you haven’t my best advice is to consult the Ball Canning Guide or visit the website, you’ll find plenty of recipe help. Just be sure to look for the reduced sugar recipe methods. Enjoy the jam!

    • Pam
    • August 20, 2013
    Reply

    This looks so good, Barb! Move closer to me and help me with my blackberries.

    • Terrie
    • November 15, 2016
    Reply

    Can this be preserved using the water bath method? Thanks so much for the recipe.

    1. Reply

      Hi Terrie, Absolutely! You can follow the standard boiling water/ water bath method. I process for 10 minutes. Not what altitude you are, but if you have a Ball Canning guide it will help you make the conversions. Hope this helps! Best, Barb

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