Monday, July 8, 2013

This Might Be the One... enter in the Fair!

Last year we went to the Topsfield Fair for the first time and I was particularly interested in the canning competition.  People at work have told me for years I should enter my jams.  I thought it might be fun to try it.  I wanted a jam that would make people melt with how good it tastes.  I think today's batch just might be it.

The black raspberries in Ohio were ripe when we were there last week so I enlisted the 11 y/o and my niece and we went early on Friday and picked about 5 pounds.  I set aside 2 quarts for jam, which I froze so I could bring them home, 1 quart for a cobbler, and the rest for eating.  The "rest" were eaten in less than a day.  Yum!  And the cobbler was fabulous.  I might have to make that instead of crisps from now on!

For the jam, I ran some of the berries through a sieve to get rid of the seeds and the rest I just mashed, added 1/4 cup lime juice, 6.5 cups of sugar and the pectin.  This made almost exactly 8 cups of jam, just as it was supposed to.  I have 6 8-ounce jars and 4 4-ounce jars as I've been working on the gift stash all spring.

And that taste, oh!  It makes me weak at the knees!


  1. I've enter items in our local fair. To me it not if you win or loose. Your being part of your community.
    Actual when I go to fair...I like looking at the homey kind of stuff.
    I just put up nine pints of strawberry pie filling using "clear jel" great stuff.
    Coffee is on

  2. Sadly, this jam did not win anything at the fair.


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