Over the summer, I wanted my kids to experience a small taste of fun HomeEc type activities. When you add that to my recent preoccupation with fresh fruits and veggies, you get … well, a mess. Haha. However, with four kids aged 5 years old and younger, there will always be a mess. So, I decided we should make homemade jams. After a trip to our local orchard, we decided to start with blackberry jam. Just the thought of it made my mouth water.
Before we got started, I needed supplies. 🙂 We headed off to Wal-Mart and purchased canning supplies.
Wash the jars, lids, and rings with warm, soapy water.
After the blackberries have been washed, crush them.
This is DD helping me crush the blackberries. Please note that she is wearing her pink sunglasses. This is a necessity, of course.
I forgot a step. We had all the Crazies taste a blackberry. Since this was a homeschool lesson, this was very important.
They loved them. SCORE! Ok, back to making jam. I allowed each Crazy to help crush the blackberries. While DS #2 was crushing, he was a tad zealous.
We put our blackberries in a large pot and then added the pectin.
As soon as the blackberry sugar mixture has boiled 1 minute, we immediately took it off of the burner. JAR TIME! Before I go any further, please remember this: HOT FOODS IN HOT JARS AND COLD FOODS IN COLD JARS. This will help you avoid shattering and glass everywhere.
Using tongs, take one jar at a time out of the boiling water and place on a rack.
We used our funnel and slowly learned how to not make a mess when putting the very hot jam in the jars.
The jars were allowed to come to a rolling boil and boil for 10 minutes. Once they had boiled for 10 minutes, we turned the burner off and they sat in the Canner for another 5 minutes. The jars came out of the Canner and cooled on a rack for 12 hours.