Black Razzlecherry Jam (BBB)


Following the Great Summer Power Outage of 2012, I made a couple batches of Dede’s Black Razzlecherry Jam (Dede = wvhomecanner, our resident CITR preserving expert!) using sour cherries from my cherry tree and black raspberries from my pasture. (I didn’t strain to remove the seeds because seeds don’t bother me.) This is a delicious way to use up a mix of berries and cherries. (Exchange raspberries for blackberries or other berries according to what you have.) If you’ve got some berries and cherries that are begging to be put in a jar, you can find Dede’s recipe here:

Black Razzlecherry Jam.

I haven’t canned in a month or so. I miss canning if I don’t can for a bit! You? Or are you still waiting to get started? Wait no more!

Available today is another copy of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. I have this book, and love it. It has all the beginner instructions and recipes from the basic BBB, but it’s expanded to include lots of unique gourmet recipes to appeal to the advanced canner, too.


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by Robin of Rurification. Visit her here!

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a copy of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (July 20). This post will be updated with the winner by 10 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (July 21). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn (or check the BBB Winners List).

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UPDATE 07/21/12: The winning comment number, drawn by, is #29, wanda1950. Email me at [email protected] with your full name and address for shipping.



  1. Cindy H says:

    Would love a BBB!! Waiting for the fruit to start so canning can begin!

  2. BunnyRuth says:

    A few years ago I combined small amounts of raspberries, blueberries and stawberries from my freezer at the beginning of summer just to free up the freezer space for the new harvest and called it Triple Berry Jam. I had so many positive comments and requests for the recipe but probably could never repeat it exactly as I did not recall the exact proportions, I just put them together until I got a final amount that equalled a berry recipe.

    Would love to be included in the BBB drawing, thanks!
    Ruth in NH

  3. DoTson99 says:

    That jam sure would be good to use in my jam cake recipe, seeds make jam. Would love the BBB.

  4. TRUDY says:

    It’s a great time of the year for such a gift. Thanks for the chance to win this BBB!

  5. maryellen51 says:

    I would love to win a BBB. Please include me in your drawing. Thanks

  6. 54R4H says:

    Please I would love this BBB! This recipe sounds awesome!

  7. DebR says:

    Grew a huge garden this year. Sure to be doing a lot of canning! Please include me in the drawing for the BBB! Thanks!

  8. irishhillstrish says:

    Count me in! We don’t eat much in the way of jam, but tomatoes are coming on strong here in Michigan, and I did put up 16 pints of chicken this week. Looks like pickles next week. Thanks for the BBB offer.

  9. czecher says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of the cookbook. I live in Nova Scotia Canada, and love to compare the various recipes from your piece of heaven with recipes from my little piece of this planet. ;))

  10. Barefootingly Simple says:

    Would love a new BBB! I have my mom’s old one from the early 90’s and have the big book, but would love the little one to stick in my kitchen drawer. I used to have one a few years ago but I let a friend borrow it and she never gave it back. Thanks!

  11. Murphala says:

    Ooh! Ooh! Yay! A give-away! Count me in that I may win! Does making this rhyme help my cause for the BBB giveaway? Feeling silly this morning, :fairy:

  12. suziQ says:

    I would love help getting started with canning, so I need a BBB! :sheepjump: :chicken: :sheep:

  13. AngelaS says:

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  14. Abiga says:

    Would love to win and try to can even though it is so hot to can when it is 100 degrees, maybe in the fall. Blessings.

  15. fowlers says:

    oh yeah::: Count me in Sister! love my books!!! I’m canning Chili this weekend! I made a “Burnt Sugar Peach Jam” couple weekends ago, and a wild plum ! so so good!!!! we use our jam’s on pancakes:)

    Happy Canning!

  16. BethanyJean says:

    I would love a chance to win this book! I canned for the first time earlier in the month (strawberry jam) and I’m hooked! This book would be such a blessing for a rookie like me 🙂 thanks!

  17. Squeegees Mom says:

    Oh, Please, BBB me! I am new to canning and need all the help I can get. Thank you!

  18. Old WV Broad says:

    Been canning just this week, last night I made zucchini pineapple. Had some leftover and put it in the fridge. My husband, who does NOT eat before 10:30 am, slurped it all. And declared it a winner. Tonight is zucchini relish, then tomorrow is back to another batch of zucchini pineapple. One of my favorite jams to make is Very Cherry Berry Jam. I use about half sweet cherries, and half berries dujour. Usually some strawberries and blueberries, but this year my blackberries are producing and I think this recipe of yours may just have to be made.

    No BBB for me please, I have one and LOVE it.

  19. bsue54 says:

    Would love to be included in the drawing – and the jam sounds wonderful!!!! I had plans to make some jams this weekend with fruit I put in the freezer earlier this summer but seems like “someone” has other plans for my Saturday. SIGH

  20. sam says:

    I could sure use a copy of BBB.


  21. mrsjohnson0807 says:

    I would love this book. This summer my grandmother is going to show me how to bottle. Everyone remembers her house for having tons of pantry items to pluck of the shelves. Not so much these days, but we both got gardens going, so wish me luck.

  22. AmyI says:

    BBB Please!!!!! Fingers crossed.

  23. Louise says:

    I could use a copy of the BBB. I have been canning beans,tomatoes and salsa so far this summer. I love it.

  24. tea4too0 says:

    Please enter me in the contest, BBB
    Thank you,

  25. cabynfevr says:

    I’m still waiting! BBB :sheep:

  26. CrystalGB says:

    The jam looks delicious. I would love to have the book. BBB

  27. PattiLynn says:

    I’d love a BBB. I’m a beginner. Thx!

  28. kelly jo kirby says:

    Oh please pick me for the BBB!

  29. wanda1950 says:

    I need a new BBB please!!!

  30. cherylinwv says:

    I’m one of those that doesn’t can, but I would love to learn how! I would love to win the BBB book.

  31. jeannieq says:

    I keep trying to remember all of the things my grandmother taught me about canning but alas the memory isn’t what it once was. I could really use a little help from the BBB!

  32. ChristaH says:

    Jam looks delish! BBB please

  33. KrazE says:

    I would absolutely love a copy of BBB!

  34. BostonSu says:

    Yes please! Count me in! :duck:

  35. cacieleanne says:

    BBB! :woof:

  36. simplysandi says:

    I love making jams. I’ve only done it a couple of times. I would love to receive a copy of the Balls Canning book.

  37. alba says:

    would love the BBB Please… That jam sounds awesome.

  38. Clannorris says:

    I would totally love a BBB.Fingers crossed I will have an amazing bounty coming from my greenhouse and garden soon and could put it to use.

  39. Cathyb610 says:

    I am a newbie canner and would love a copy of this book. Thanks!

  40. Cheryl LeMay says:

    I would love a chance to win this. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

  41. abpatchy says:

    I love making jam. Unfortunately my family doesn’t eat a lot of jams for breakfast. I also add stuff like cinnamon, vanilla to my jams. One jam I tried is called rabbit’s breakfast. It’s made with carrots, apples and orange juice and a touch of fresh ground ginger. It’s absolutely yummy! BBB

  42. sueann37 says:

    I would love this for my daughter. She wants to learn to can. BBB

  43. melonhead says:

    BBB, please. My mother and grandmother always canned, but I’ve never tried it. Thanks. 😀

  44. SanAntonioSue says:

    Jam and biscuits, warmed jam over ice cream, jam thumbprint cookies, Grandmother Bread sandwiches with roasted chicken or turkey and jam…….Oh, My!! Yes, please enter me in the drawing. BBB

  45. sunhurteyes says:

    Would love to be in the BBB drawing.

  46. cindyinohio says:

    Count me in. Have been canning stuff for the county fair lately and I love it!

  47. azladychef says:

    Thanks to Suzanne and Robin of Rurification for another chance!

  48. marymac says:

    Please put me down for the BBB!

  49. mountainkat says:

    BBB me, please! I always just use the directions in the pectin, and those are boring!

  50. mrsdmahogany says:

    Winning a BBB would be lovely!!

  51. joykenn says:

    Would love to win the BBB!

  52. sal says:

    Love these giveaways! I’d love to win the B book

  53. ksams57 says:

    Robin and Suzanne, I need an instruction book to start my new hobby. Please enter me in this drawing, and thanks so very much! :hungry:

  54. justdeborah2002 says:

    Haven’t done much canning so far this season….mostly waiting for tomatoes to come in huge….BBB please!

  55. collector1 says:

    BBB Please! :sheepjump: :sheepjump:

  56. mafong says:

    Canned tomatoes today–could really use a new book. Please enter me in your drawing.

  57. dsp2012 says:

    Thanks for the chance to win BBB! :happyflower:

  58. lgoforth says:

    BBB, please!

  59. Carol in NC says:

    BBB please! Thanks!!

  60. Carol S says:

    I was hoping to try this recipe. Blackberries would have been the berries of choice but the heat and drought roasted them on the brambles. Only BB I scored were the early ones I pigged out on in the field. The quart or so I stuck in the freezer befell the same fate as my BBB (and everything else). Fingers and Toes crossed I am in the running for the BBB. Mine kinda became toast. Or more accurately ashes.

  61. JeanneB says:

    I would Love to have the BBB book! Thanks for this opportunity.

  62. jmabc5 says:

    I would love the BBB book!

  63. Leila says:

    BBB please, I’d love to win it!

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