Friday, June 19, 2009

Blackberry Freezer Jam

My seven year old daughter is becoming the family berry picker. Everyday she goes out to the patch of black raspberries to check and pick. So far, she is only getting a couple cups at a time, but soon the blackberries will be ripe and picking will become a family job.

I'm not complaining. I enjoy going out to pick. Often I will get up before the kids and sneak out to the berry batches to pick in the early morning peace and quiet. It is good for my soul. And the resulting berries are good for my taste buds.

One of my favorite ways to preserve that fresh berry goodness is with freezer jam. It is faster to prepare, and keeps more of the fresh taste than cooked jam. It does set softer, and of course requires space in the freezer. The recipe is in the Sure-Jell box.

3 pints blackberries (6 cups)
5 1/4 C sugar
1 box Sure-Jell

Mash berries with a potato masher one cup at a time. Add sugar to crushed fruit. Stir and allow to sit for ten minutes. Put pectin and 3/4 C water into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Boil for one minute. Add mixture to berries and stir for about three minutes until sugar is dissolved. Pour into containers. Allow to sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Keeps in the refrigerator for about three weeks or up to a year in the freezer.

I don't have many freezer boxes. I freeze most things in bags. Trust me, bags are not the way to freeze freezer jam. What a mess! Instead I used recycled food containers like cottage cheese containers. Works wonderfully. Just be sure to label your container!


  1. LOL- my freezer containers look JUST like yours- sour cream or cottage cheese or margarine containers from Aldi!

  2. Great minds Joanna, great minds....

  3. So where do I place my order. Homemade blackberry jam is DA BOMB! Oh - it looks so good. Who cares if it comes out of sour cream or cottage cheese containers! Maybe that will keep people from checking it and you can have more yourself!


  4. Your article was posted @ THC this week. Thanks. Abi

  5. I am DEFINITELY going to try your recipe tomorrow.....sounds wonderful. I just need to get a few more berries. Thanks. ~Cheryl

  6. Ball has a new freezer pectin that requires no cooking at all--4 cups of berry mash, 1.5 cups sugar and a packet ($1.50, I think) yields 6 cups jam. I made some today--yum! Can't wait to try it (on toast--off the spoon it's great.)

  7. OK, I'm off to pick some berries before all of the deer and racoons beat me to it. Going to try your freezer jam recipe. Check out my competition for the berries

  8. Thank you! Just pinned on Pinterest.

  9. Thank you! Just pinned on Pinterest.


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