October 22, 2012
Posted in View from the table
We went blackberrying yesterday. I am elbow deep in scratches and it’s unlikely that Lily will ever be able to wear the outfit she went out in again. But it was great to be out of the house tackling boughs and boughs of fat, sweet blackberries and listening to my girls doing their own improvised We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, over the fields and through the mud. We caught sight of a blue jay too; I found that very exciting but there were bears to escape from.
We got a pretty good haul and it felt like a very nice, very British countryside activity to be getting stuck into on a Sunday afternoon.
I am blessed with a rather large haul of apples too after another great British tradition last week; the school Harvest Festival. Even as a 41 year old adult I am unable to go into school and not feel like a child, therefore I felt it was necessary to change the words to some of the hymns to make my friend next to me laugh and get in trouble. I’m not proud of myself.
|Quick! A bear!|
So, what to do with the haul?
Jam of course.
- To sterilise your jars wash them in hot soapy water, rinse well and leave to dry in a low oven
- Place the apples in a large pan – I used a preserving pan and add 150ml water
- Cook gently for five minutes until the apples are soft
- Add the blackberries and the lemon juice
- Simmer for five minutes until the berries begin to break up a bit
- Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves
- Add the butter and bring to the boil. Boil rapidly for around 15 minutes until there’s no excess water
- Leave to cool for 10-15 minutes and then put in your prepared jars