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Also, I've seen very few reviews of stuff (like a certain vinegar-based weed killer) that simply doesn't work. I find both types of commentary to be valuable.
So lucky you. At least until I create a proper recipe system, I'm just going to chronicle recipes and notes here. Unlucky for Five Boys' Mom's diet, today we made wild blackberry jam.
I chose this specific recipe (a new one for me) because you don't always get a nice round volume of berries when you pick your own fruit - I wanted one that could be easily adjusted for odd sizes. Plus, since these blackberries are pretty tart, I wanted to go with sugar rather than honey as a sweetener. This one fits the bill, so let's see what comes of it.
The recipe is simple:
- Combine x cups of wild blackberries with x cups of sugar.
- Boil it up to 220 degrees.
- Ladle the jam into hot jars.
- Process the jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Or is it? The first thing I noticed while cooking is that this jam is thin. Gruel thin. Getting the temp up to 220 doesn't take long, and most recipes want you to cook it down a bit to give the liquid some body. The second thing I noticed is that when I pulled the jars from the canner, all the seeds were suspended in the top halves of the jars. That's a hint that 10 minutes in boiling water did not change the consistency all that much.
But since I had a little left over, I poured it in a half-pint jar and popped it in the fridge to see if this concoction might thicken up a bit on cooling. It does, but not enough. The jam will stick to a cold spoon like crazy. But it's also pourable, like a thick syrup. I mentioned in my post on strawberry honey jam that I like my jam thin. But not this thin. All that complaining aside, I must note that it tastes freaking amazing.
So we have three options:
- Live with excessively thin jam**
- Re-cook it to a proper thickness, add some pectin, and re-can it
- Pretend it was supposed to be syrup all along.
I'll let you know how it goes.
* 4 cups of berries seems to be the norm.
** And never give any of it away.