My dad is the king of jam. For my wedding, he made 110 tiny jars of worcesterberry and gooseberry jam for every guest, and is still getting repeat orders. So, when I went to visit him last weekend, we spent the day trampling round the hedgerows collecting blackberries. It’s surprisingly rewarding when you come home with a huge tub of fruit that would cost you around £40 in a supermarket.
Now I’m going to try my hand at making my own blackberry jam. But while making it is easy (I’ve put a recipe below for anyone who fancies having a go), the really fun part is making the jars look pretty! So, I’m going to treat myself to this gorgeous jam making set, £9.95 from www.Dotcomgiftshop.com. It contains four vintage-style glass jam jars with polka dot lids; four stick labels, lid covers, string ties and a little recipe book.
1kg caster sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 pinch salt
1. Combine the blackberries, sugar, lemon juice and salt in a big saucepan.
2. Bring to a rolling boil and stir regularly, for 15-20 minutes until the fruit looks squishy.
3. Sterilise your jars by pouring boiling water into them, then emptying it out.
4. Wait till the jam has cooled slightly, then pour it into the jars and seal.
5. Once you’ve started eating the jam, store it in the fridge.