Let us get started with this Blackberry Ginger Jam. I never had a real love for ginger but have grown quite fond of it since I have learned to adapt it into different recipes. This jam is no exception.
6 cups of whole blackberries
1/4 cup finely chopped ginger
zest of one lemon
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 to 5 cups of granulated sugar
* Makes approximately 7 half pint jars
Before you start get your ginger cut and ready. The easiest way to peel ginger is to use a spoon. Take the spoon holding the bowl of the spoon toward the ginger and scrape. It makes it quite easy to peel. Chop the ginger into small pieces. Ginger is full of fiber so the smaller you can chop the better.
I always like to have everything ready to go when making jam. It makes the whole process so much easier and a more pleasant time.
Get your berries going in a large stainless steel pot. Have your finely chopped ginger and other ingredients ready to mix.
Add your ginger with one cup of sugar and the lemon juice. Bring this up to a rolling boil and then turn the heat down and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
Now add the remaining sugar and get the jam up to a temperature of 223 degrees.
Beautiful color and texture !
Ladle the jam into sterilized half-pint jars, wipe the rims, add lids and rings. Process in a boiling-water bath for 10 minutes.
Disclaimer: This is not an all inclusive recipe for making jam. You should have a basic knowledge and understanding of the canning process before proceeding. Please consult your local Center for Home Preservation for additional information and available classes.