The recipe says:
"Stem and crush strawberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. Measure exactly 2-1/2 cups prepared strawberries into 6- or 8-quart saucepot. Crush raspberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. Measure exactly 1-1/2 cups prepared raspberries into saucepot with strawberries. Crush blackberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. Measure exactly 1 cup prepared blackberries into saucepot with other fruit; mix well."
As I've written before, this time I used blackberry juice instead of berries. I'm also using frozen strawberries and raspberries from the grocery store instead of fresh fruit.
My first step was to run the half-pint jars through the dishwasher.
Next, I measured the fruit into my kettle, and mashed it with my mother's potato masher.
Then I mixed the box of pectin into the fruit.
I assembled all the items I'd need - the jar lifter, the rings and lids, the canning funnel - and measured the sugar into a bowl. I put the lids in a pot of hot water, and washed and dried the rings. I also put the water in the canning pot (my stockpot) and brought it to a simmer on another burner.
Next it was time to heat up the fruit and pectin mixture to a rolling boil, and add the sugar. When that comes to a rolling boil, you stir it constantly while it boils for one minute, then take it off the heat and ladle the hot jam into the jars, wipe the tops, add lids and rings, and put in the canning pot.
I had to add water to the canning pot so it was at least an inch over the tops of the jars. It's easy to tell how deep the water is: use a wooden spoon (I used a black plastic one) and stick it in the water to the top of the jars. When you pull it out, the wet part shows you how deep the water is.
Begin timing when the water comes to a full boil, and when the timer dings you pull out the jars and set them on a folded towel to cool. They were pinging before I set them down - I love that sound. After 24 hours I can wipe them with a damp cloth and remove the rings, label and put them away.
I tasted what was left in the pot after I filled the jars. Yummy!
It smelled and tasted like sunshine and summer.
Now I need homemade bread.
It tastes as good as it smells! The flavor is complex; I can taste the strawberries but not quite... the raspberries are there... the blackberries aren't overpowering. It's .... perfect. Even better than my first batch two years ago. And it's soft-set just the way I like it.
Here, have a slice...
Shared at: Schneiderpeeps' Handmade Christmas 2013