Carmen Murillo: Web and Graphic Design

Carmen Murillo: Web and Graphic Design

Carmen Murillo: Web and Graphic Design

Hi there, I'm Carmen Murillo, a Madrid-born designer passionate about creating clean, usable, pixel perfect web and graphic designs.
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Home Made Blackberry Jam + Free Printable Labels

Home Made Blackberry Jam + Free Printable Labels

The month of September brings with it the beginning of the blackberry picking season. One of my favorite memories as a child is of us picking blackberries with my mother from our local woods. We used to make a delicious jam with them, so they didn’t spoil.
Unfortunately, at one point, this tradition came to an end and it went on to become a distant memory. I was feeling a little nostalgic and missed it so much that I decided to take it up again this year. So this September I armed myself with courage and faced my ?dangerous? mission. And the thing is that, for some reason, nature sometimes acts maliciously posing complicated challenges. This helps to explain why the biggest and more attractive blackberries were always in areas that were hard to reach, while the ones I had closer were all quite small. I ended up risking my life waging a battle against thorny bushes that were protecting the blackberries from predators like me.
Despite all the branches snagging on my clothes, the weeds sticking on my legs and the thistles pricking me without mercy I got home with 2 kilos of blackberries.
I almost had forgotten how relaxing it is to pick blackberries and spend time outside in the fresh air. (I know it seems a bit contradictory, but the truth is that I had a really good time!).

Homemade Blackberry Jam

Making and canning your own jam is quite easy. These are the ingredients:

Fresh blackberries (2kg)
Juice of half a lemon
Sugar (375gr)

The amount of sugar depends on how sweet you want it. Although sugar adds volume to jam I prefer not using too much.

These are the steps to follow:

1. Sterilize a glass jar and its lid by boiling them in water for 10-15 minutes. Let them dry on clean paper towels.

2. Prepare the blackberries by washing gently and removing the stems or dirt, if any.

3. Place the blackberries into a juicer and separate the juice from them. Toss the seeds and impurities when you’re done and keep the juice for the jam. By doing this, the volume of the jam will be considerably reduced but, in exchange, you will get a jam with a smoother texture. If seeds don’t bother you, then skip this step and use later a conical strainer or a food mill to remove most of the seeds. This won?t be as effective as using a juicer but it gives good results too.

Homemade Blackberry Jam

Homemade Blackberry Jam

4. Place the blackberry juice, sugar and lemon juice into a pot. Bring the mixture up to boil over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. When the jam has reached the setting point, turn off the heat and remove the pot from the burner. Leave to cool for 20 minutes before putting the jam into the sterilized jar.

5. Put the jam into the jar and let it cool, then screw on the lid. Store in a cool and dry place.

Note: To know if the jam has reached the setting point, place a small plate in the freezer for 5 minutes. Then grab the plate and put a small spoonful of the hot jam at the center. You should hold the plate vertically. If the jam slides across the plate and seems very liquid keep cooking it and test again a few minutes later. Don?t overcook.

Homemade Blackberry Jam

Homemade Blackberry Jam

If you’re giving your home-made jam away as a gift then feel free to download and print the labels I created for my jar.
Print the labels on sticker paper and cut out. You can also use regular paper and glue the labels down. For the tags you can use heavy card stock and attach them with string to the top of the jar.

Homemade Blackberry Jam

Conditions of use: artwork in the downloadable PDF is free strictly for personal use, not for commercial use. If you wish to link to anything on this article, please link to this page and not directly to a downloadable file. Thank you :)

BLACKBERRY JAM LABELS (ENGLISH)
BLACKBERRY JAM LABELS (SPANISH)

NOTE: Do not use Mac Preview to view or print the PDF, as colors may come out completely wrong. Use Adobe Reader instead.

Enjoy! ;-)

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