Jammin’ It Up On The 4th of July Weekend!

When are black raspberries ready to pick?  By the 4th of July!

I once again, donned my long pants and long sleeved shirt and headed down the hill.  It took over 2 hours to pick just over 2 1/2 quarts.  With a jar of fruit pectin and a bowl of black raspberries, this time, I cooked up a batch of jam….

Jammin' it up, smashin it up on 4th of July weekend...

Jammin’ it up, smashin it up on 4th of July weekend…

A test batch I made first ....

A test batch I made first ….

 .... after adding the pectin to the fruit, I wait for it to boil.....

…. after adding the pectin to the fruit, I wait for it to boil…..

... and then add the sugar .....  stir and boil some more, boiling so hard it won't stir down... then boil for 1 minute more ...

… and then add the sugar ….. stir and boil some more, boiling so hard it won’t stir down… then boil for 1 minute more …

A watched pot never boils .... sigh ....

A watched pot never boils …. sigh ….

... jars are washed and ready and waiting .... for the big dipper ....

… jars are washed and ready and waiting …. for the big dipper ….

Keeping the jars close to that hot pot ....

Keeping the jars close to that hot pot ….

First jar pours smoothly, filling up to within 1/2 inch to start with ...

First jar pours smoothly, filling up to within 1/2 inch to start with …

Nearly done .... I filled 6 jars!

Nearly done …. I filled 6 jars!

Waiting to cool and set the jam .....

Waiting to cool and set the jam …..

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4 Responses to Jammin’ It Up On The 4th of July Weekend!

  1. Shelley Giles says:

    Looks pretty tasty! Since mine won’t be mature enough this year to yield more than a handful…I’m going to get some fresh strawberries, raspberries and blackberries to make bumble berry jam 🙂
    Did you see recipe I posted for jam on FB? I’m thinking of trying since it’s gluten free by substituting pectin with chia seeds…worth a try!

  2. Meant to say fresh from local Farmer’s market!

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