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Home & Garden | Country Kitchen | July 26, 2020

The Bountiful Blackberry

According to Nutrition Data, blackberries are a great source for Vitamin E, Folate, Magnesium as well as a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese. They’re low in sodium, and high in antioxidants. All good things. But let’s not forget that blackberries are downright tasty.  We have berry-good recipes to put your blackberries to good use. 


Blackberry Cobbler

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Probably the most loved and adored of all blackberry recipes, the cobbler is easy to make and makes everyone happy. Here’s a recipe we put together. Nicknamed the ‘Jesse James Cobbler’, the recipe is from Zarelda James, mother of the legendary gunslinger. This cast iron skillet style cobbler is a real crowd-pleaser.

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Preserving Berries

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Let’s be honest.  There’s nothing quite so wonderful as blackberries in winter. If you’re feeling industrious, try freezing and vacuum sealing a mess of blackberries while they’re in season. It’s easy and might be just the thing to drop a little summer in to your long winter. If you’re looking to store up some berries, have a look at this informative article about vacuum sealing.

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Jam Session

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When the toast is done and you reach for some jam, you’re probably hoping for blackberry. Smearing a heavy coat of blackberry jam on fresh toast or combining some of this sweet, dark goodness with its longtime partner, peanut butter, can brighten anyone’s day. Here’s a quick recipe for making blackberry jam that’ll keep you in a sweet mood all year long.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups ripe, fresh blackberries rinsed and drained
  • 5 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 box pectin for freezer jam (canning sections of supermarkets)
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

Place berries in a large bowl. Add sugar and toss well. Let stand about 15 minutes. Stir often.

Combine pectin and water in a small saucepan.  Then stir until pectin dissolves. Place over medium to high heat; bring to a boil and boil 1 minute.

Add pectin to berries and stir about 3 minutes.

Pour jam mixture into clean canning jars, leaving about ½ inch headspace. Add lids to each. Let stand at room temp 18 to 24 hours and then freeze until ready to use. Makes about 7 cups.


Find What You Need at Coastal

Blackberries are celebrated all around the world. If you’re up for it, grab a pail and head out to the briar patch and enjoy this bounty of sweet berries before they’re gone. And while you’re out and about, swing by Coastal and pick up everything you need for your country lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are blackberries good for you?
Blackberries are high in vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants and fiber. Plus, they are low in calories, carbs, and overall fat. 

When are blackberries in season?
Depending on the year and weather conditions, blackberries are in season throughout the Northwest between July and September.

How to make blackberry jam?
First, use a potato masher to crush 1 2/3 cups blackberries. Then, in a separate bowl, stir 2/3 cups sugar and 2 tablespoons Ball® RealFruit Freezer pectin. Finally, ladle the jam into clean freezer jars and let them stand for 30 minutes before adding your lids. When filling jars, leave a half-inch of space at the top of the jar to allow for expansion when in the freezer. Store in the freezer.

How do you make blackberry jam from scratch?
First, use a potato masher to crush 1 2/3 cups blackberries. Then, in a separate bowl, stir 2/3 cups sugar and 2 tablespoons Ball® RealFruit Freezer pectin. Finally, ladle the jam into clean freezer jars and let them stand for 30 minutes before adding your lids. When filling jars, leave a half-inch of space at the top of the jar to allow for expansion when in the freezer. Store in the freezer.

How long does blackberry jam last?
You can store blackberry jam in the freezer for up to 12 months.

What is the best time of day to pick blackberries?
Blackberries, as well as most berries, are at their peak in the morning hours. This is because they are plump with moisture.

What are the benefits of eating blackberries?
Blackberries are high in vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants and fiber. Plus, they are low in calories, carbs, and overall fat. 

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