Homemade Blackberry Preserves

  • Yield 128 servings

"It's become a family tradition that I round up my daughter, husband, daughter-in-law, and any other able and willing person every 4th of July to pick blackberries. Then our roadside labor of love is richly rewarded in the fall when we spread our preserves on hot buttery biscuits."

Ingredients

8 cups blackberries
4 cups sugar
juice from 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Gently sort, rinse, and drain fresh berries. Place them in a large pot with the sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and stir occasionally. This juicy mixture will thicken while it simmers. Skim off foam.
  3. Be careful not to overcook, or it will become tarry. Fills: 8 wide-mouth 1 pint jars, making 128 (2-tablespoon) servings.
  4. Carefully follow the canning directions supplied with your jars to guarantee sterile jars, well-sealed flavor, and a long shelf life.

Tips from the Test Kitchen: These preserves are simply too good to be limited to biscuits. Try them on ice cream, croissants, bagels, pound cake, in trifle, with custard, stirred into plain yogurt, and more.

–Tal Howell, Basye, Va.

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