Monday, June 24, 2013

Triple Berry Jam

This is a good year for mulberries.  I have discovered there is a mulberry tree in my backyard, and this year it really is producing!  Yesterday I picked a cup off that tree for us to eat - they're super sweet - and we went to the tree on the corner armed with a towel to get more.  The ones on the corner aren't as sweet as the ones in the yard, so they're for jam.

My husband and I stood under the tree and held the towel while we shook the branches and got pelted with berries.  A lot of unripe ones fell but after picking through them I had 3 cups for jam.  Today I added a pint of blueberries and the better part of a quart of strawberries, mashed them all up, and made triple berry jam.  When all those berries were mashed it made 5 cups to which I added 7 cups of sugar and a package of powdered pectin.

This made 9 cups of jam which I put into a variety of 4, 8 and 12 ounce sized jars, to add to the gift stash as well as keep some for ourselves!

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