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Blackberry Jam Variations

Submitted by: suzanne-mcminn on April 5, 2011
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Blackberry Jam Variations

Try a twist on the standard blackberry jam!

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Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 8 half-pints

Prep Time: 30-45 minutes   Cook Time: 10 minutes  


5 cups blackberries
7 cups sugar
1 package fruit pectin


This same recipe works for raspberries, boysenberries, dewberries, and youngberries, too.

For basic blackberry jam:
Clean blackberries. Get your water boiling in your canning pot, rack tucked inside. Boil lids in a small pan then remove to dry on a paper towel using tongs. While water is coming to a boil in your big pot, place blackberries in another large pot. Add pectin and bring to a full, rolling boil. (Add 1/2 teaspoon butter to reduce foaming, if desired.) Meanwhile, get your sugar measured and ready. As soon as blackberries and pectin are at the boil, add sugar all at once. Return to boil and keep at the full, rolling boil for one minute. Remove from heat and ladle immediately into clean, sterilized jars. Place lids on top, screw on bands, and lower onto rack in your pot of boiling water. BWB 10 minutes.

Variations on the standard blackberry jam recipe:

Spiced Blackberry Jam–-add 1/2 cup ground cinnamon and 2 tablespoons cloves. (Add spices in with the sugar step.)

For the following variations, add the ingredients in along with the berries and pectin in the first step.

Blackberry-Basil Jam–-add 1 cup finely chopped fresh basil.
Blackberry-Jalapeno Jam–-add 1 finely chopped large jalapeno.
Blackberry-Grand Marnier Jam-–add 1 cup Grand Marnier (or other alcohol of choice)

Categories: Boiling Water Bath, BWB Jams, Jellies, Butters & Preserves, Preserving

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    Spiced Blackberry Jam–-add 1/2 cup ground cinnamon and 2 tablespoons cloves. (Add spices in with the sugar step.)

    Is this the correct amount of cinnamon. It seems like an awful lot for this recipe. If someone would make a suggestion, I would appreciate the comment.

    • 3-6

      Martin, the 1/2 cup is correct. It’s how I make it. It works out to be about 1 tablespoon per half-pint jar. It’s spicy. I like it. It’s cooked in and very cinnamony. If you think that sounds like too much for you, you can always reduce it.

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