Mmmm, blackberry yumminess! Megg getting her jar filled.
Getting the lid on.
Hot! Hot! Hot! In order to get seed free, delicious blackberry jam you have to squeeze the juice though some sort of strainer (we used gallon paint strainers, they work better than cheese cloth). I put the girls to work squashing the berries. It is not easy and kinda gross. As you can see from the faces the girls didn't find it the most pleasant thing in the world, but they ploughed through.
Katrina and I worked for just about 4 hours (Jen and Megg for about 2) and these beautiful jewels are the fruits of our labor.
13 quarts, 10 pints, and 12 half pints of peach, apple, blackberry, and cherry jam and jelly.
They are gorgeous! Grandpa Savage would be so proud! (Nana make sure he gets to see these photo's).
I just love the way the light hits the jars and reflects through the syrup and fruit. This much jam/jelly will last us for months and month. We worked hard, burnt our fingers a time our too and ate too much of the leftovers. (Ritz crackers, cream cheese and fresh jelly make for some seriously yummy lunch). There is nothing like spending the afternoon in good company and seeing the accomplishments that will feed your family for sometime to come.