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.
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)
Yield: 6 1/2 pint jelly jars
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.
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.
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.
Special thanks to Ball for providing sample product and information to help facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are solely that of Rural Mom.