As I mentioned, my niece just moved to a house closer to us. I am really excited, it is so nice to have them in the area and the property she purchased had a grape arbor, tons of fruit trees and a boatload of black raspberry bushes. She called me up and asked if I wanted to come over and pick berries. I was thrilled. Black raspberries are so expensive, having the ability to pick my fill and only paying in sweat equity was awesome.
I still had the quart containers and flat box from the strawberries I purchased last week so I used that to as my container. This way I knew how much I was picking and could get a nice estimate on how many recipes I could make. I wanted to add at least two quarts to the bachelor’s jam I have going in the basement fridge and I wanted to make a few batches of jam, if possible. I picked, with help from her and her four children, six quarts of berries.
I came home, washed to of the quarts, tossed them with sugar and added them to the bachelor’s jam. I can’t wait until Christmas – I really, really hope it turns out as good as I hope!
With the rest of the berries, I was able to make two batches of jam. I started by washing, crushing, and deseeding the berries. Most recipes tell you to remove half the seeds, but I really like removing all of them. I use the jam in cooking more than any of the other flavors, and it just makes sense to have it without seeds.
I have been invited back to pick more berries, thank goodness, because I want to make a few batches of mixed berry jam (black raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries) next weekend. Hopefully I can get two batches of mixed berry done along with a batch or two of sour cherry. Wish me luck!