August 30, 2010

Plum/Blackberry/Ginger Jam

I got a half flat of blackberries the other day at the farmers market. I was going to make a big batch of Blackberry Apple Jam. I also bought a bunch of plums on sale the day before. I decided to try something different.

I thought plums and blackberries might be a nice combo and they were but they were a bit tart too. So I added some spice to mellow it. And even tho I added apple juice, I thought a touch of orange would help also. And then I used fresh grated ginger root. 

It turned out delicious. My bf tasted it and says its good, very good! I still have blackberries left tho so tomorrow it will be Blackberry Apple jam.

Plum Blackberry Ginger jam Makes 5 pts.

2qts mix of cut up plums, pitted and quartered and blackberries, about  half and half
1c. organic sugar
1c. organic unfiltered apple juice
1c. orange juice
2tb. fresh grated ginger root
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg, freshly grated
Juice of one lemon
1/2 tsp. butter
2 boxes of Ball No Sugar Pectin
1 sugar

Put all fruit in lg. pot. Add next 6 ingredients. Cook for 10-15 min. till plums are tender and beginning to fall apart.  

Cool a bit then put the mixture thru a food mill to get all seeds and skins out. You will get a lot more pits and such than you think you should but its ok.
You should have 8c. of fruit mixture. Put back in pot and add lemon juice and butter. Bring to a simmer. The butter is to keep the foam down when boiling.

Mix the pectin mix with the extra 1c. sugar. This is very tart so you do need some sugar. But I like using this because I can use a lot less and still get a nice product.

Once the fruit is simmering, whisk in the pectin/sugar mixture. Bring to a boil. Then boil for 3min. It will begin to thicken some when boiling but will finish once it cools. 

Fill hot jars with hot jam. Wipe rims and seal. Water bath can for 10 min. 

Let cool and make sure seals are popped. If not sealed refrigerate to use that one first.

1 comment:

Easy Picnic Recipes said...

yummy! looks like so tasty! I'll try to make it soon.