Saturday, August 23, 2014

Blackberry and Rhubarb Jam


When I think about the last months of summer I think about the blackberries that grace our driveways and roadsides. The berries that bring so many cobblers and crumbs. We bake them in pies and muffins, and enjoy them fresh in our salads and smoothies. There are many health benefits too. They are also good for your heart, digestive and skeletal systems.

Shortly after receiving an email from a friend who's garden is the envy of all; and I mean shortly; like an hour later, I set out to make this jam. In her correspondence she talked about the combinations of jams she has been making like currants and rhubarb, peaches and raspberries, blackberries and rhubarb, and so on. Just so happens, a few days before I had purchased the last large stalk of rhubarb at the farm stand. I made a very small batch, a grand total of five jars. So glad I did, the flavor combination of the blackberry and rhubarb is a match made in heaven. Thanks for the inspiration Sandra!

Grab your garden basket and head out to the blackberry patch. Soon they will all be gone!

Ingredients:

1 large stalk rhubarb (about 1 cup) (dice into small pieces)
3 cups blackberries
4 cups sugar
1 package liquid pectin
1 lemon juiced

Clean berries by soaking them 5 - 10 mins in cold water, rinse gently. Mash with potato masher until there is enough for 2 1/2 cups. ( I remove some of the mashed berries at this time and put through a sieve so I don't have as many seeds.) Then add berries, rhubarb, sugar and lemon in large heavy pot. Bring to a rolling boil, skimming off foam as needed. Turn down just a little and let cook about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add pectin and stir for 5 minutes.



Now your ready to pour into clean sterilized jars. Leave about 1/2 to 1 inch room at the top. Seal tightly, then boil 10 more minutes in a hot water bath. Remove and set on counter. Tops should make a popping noise when sealed correctly, which does not always happen right away.


These make great hostess gifts as well. Enjoy right away!



Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

68 comments:

  1. How lovely to be able to pick wild blackberries. I love the combination of rhubarb and blackberries in this jam. It's a gorgeous colour. And your jars are lovely too xx

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    1. Thanks Charlie, thanks it's a great combination, one that I would make again.

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  2. I'm so envious of your blackberries! And what a nice way to use them, Cherie. I've never combined rhubarb with blackberries but need to try this now.

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    1. Hi Susan, next to ripen will be the huckleberries, they are so little and time consuming to work with, I've only added them to yogurt and pancakes.

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  3. I love how it looks and I'm sure it tastes amazing!

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  4. Wish I could get some blackberries with reasonable price over here. The jam must be very good.

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    1. Hi Angie, it's a good combination, I never would of thought of it by myself, thanks to Sandra!

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  5. You've brought back wonderful memories for me this morning with your jam Cherie. My mother made blackberry jelly every year and I never appreciated it as a child. Love that you've added rhubarb.
    Sam

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    1. HI Sam, thanks, I think many of us were the same way as children.

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  6. I adore blackberry jam...and love the idea to combine it with rhubarb. I've never actually made and jarred my own jam, but I've always wanted to give it a try. Maybe this year will be the year! And I agree- these would make a great hostess gift.

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    1. Hi Sarah, this is the fourth year of making jam. at first it seemed like a really big deal, but now it's very easy, helps to have the right equipment.

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  7. Your jam sounds like a nice combination of flavors.

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  8. Hi Cherie, your jam looks wonderful. Homemade jam is the best ever and your combination of flavors is lovely.

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  9. That sounds so delicious, Cheri! No blackberry bushes here but I'll have to see if there are any available at the farmers' market next time I go. Love that you added rhubarb also.

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    1. Thanks Susan, small batches are best for me, much more enjoyable.

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  10. I like small batch..this sounds so good and different!

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  11. I love jam, but I've never been brave enough to make my own. Perhaps this coming summer is the time to build up my courage to preserve summer's bounty...
    This flavour combination sounds divine!

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    1. Hi Amy, I was overwhelmed at first, now I understand the process and have the right equipment.

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  12. This sounds amazing, what a delicious flavor combination. I think this would bring summer to the coldest winter day, yum!

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    1. Thanks Chris, I really enjoyed the combination, never really cooked with rhubarb before.

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  13. Looks delicious, Cheri, and I want to try these two flavours together! So nice that you have wild berries available to you!

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    1. Hi Robyn, we are enjoying this berries, usually they are not ripe until September.

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  14. This is definitely a delicious combo Cheri! I love making jam! Hope I get a chance to before the summer is over.

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    1. Hi Reeni, I hope you do too, it's great to make for gifts.

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  15. Well, I am so impressed and honored. It is so much fun canning and freezing from the garden. You made my day when you mentioned my garden! I'm a suburbanite who's taken to gardening with lightning speed. So glad you took me up on using rhubarb... BTW, you still have time to plant rhubarb in your garden before autumn sets in! Great job, Cheri!!!!

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    1. Hi Sandra, a "surburbanite" love that expression. So glad I tried the blackberry rhubarb combination, love the color. Can I grow rhubarb in AZ?

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    2. Ohhhh... Rhubarb in Phoenix? How about Rhubarb in Yachats... Either in a large pot or in a sunny location on your property... Much better suited in Oregon.. Sorry.

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    3. Thanks Sandra, will have to start the second we arrive then, all the better to have an excuse to leave a month or so earlier.xxo

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  16. Blackberry and rhubarb sound an interesting pair. Thanks for sharing!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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    1. Hi Julie, it is a great combination, will make this again.

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  17. Thanks for adding instructions on jarring! This jam combination looks pretty great - think I'd make it a savory one with some cheese :)

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  18. OK, I need some of that. Do you ship it? ;)

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  19. That does sounds like a wonderful combination - congratulations on that brilliant idea! Beautiful :)

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    1. Hi Tricia, well it really was my friend Sandra's idea. She is as genius!

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  20. What a lovely combination - two of my favourites!

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  21. Oh, I'd love this gorgeous jam on my morning toast. The combination of blackberries and rhubarb must taste wonderful!!!

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    1. Thank Liz, thats exactly how I have been enjoying this!

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  22. I am no jam expert but this is a very unusual one that I'd love to try. Your friend sounds very adventurous and this jam looks packed with flavor. What a treat it would be slathered over a nice, crunchy English muffin!

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    1. Hi Monica, it is wonderful that way, thanks!

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  23. my very favorite kind of jam! I've only made jam a few times and am still not very good at it. Yours looks lovely :-)

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  24. I love blackberry jam and this has a really beautiful color with rhubarb!
    xo

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  25. Wow, this looks fantastic! What a lovely fruity flavour!

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  26. Oh, this jam sounds so lovely and I love your idea of using it as a hostess gift, too! I'd love to receive a jar of this. =)

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  27. Hi Cheri–the jam looks so good! Also, just wanted to make sure you got my email about being the Just Mayo giveaway winner–you can send me your mailing info by replying to that, or via my blog contact page. Thanks and congratulations! :)

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    1. Hi Nancy, yes, sent you my address. Thank you!!

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  28. we spent many a summer picking blackberries so mum could make jam. and also to sell them to the local jam factory. they are gorgeous fruit but oh those thorns!

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    1. Hi Sherry, yes, those thorns are relentless!

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  29. Fantastic combination Cheri! I miss our blackberries back in Maine.

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    1. Hi David, this was a new combination for me, so glad I listened to Sandra!

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  30. This Jam looks great and I wish I had some in my pantry, too! Did you take a class or did you teach yourself canning? I am afraid I'll mess it up somehow and give myself food poisoning!

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    1. Hi Maris, when I was growing up my mom did a lot of canning, she helped me in the beginning.

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  31. Interesting combination of flavours :)

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