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This no sugar blackberry jam recipe, that’s low sugar and high on taste, is something no home should be without. Especially when I share how you can make this without any sugar.
Yes, no added sugar, just one secret ingredient to replace all those white granules, and it can be grown on your homestead, if you so desire. Am I the only one who gets excited about this stuff?Blackberries signify the end of summer in our neck of the woods. It is definitely a bitter/sweet goodbye. We love them. LOVE them. They make the most incredible jam. Ever. Syrup? Oh yeah. Pie Filling? Winner! Even humbly flash frozen, they are a favorite.
And dumplings, oh yes, dumplings are not only for your chicken dishes, they’re delightful with berries and you can use this 1940’s recipe for Blueberry Dumplings (swap out the blueberries for blackberries) better be happening at your house soon. It’s a sad day when the last of them goes down. August is an eternity, when you’re in December.
If you can get a hold of fresh picked, summer ending blackberries (I’d even make it with some good organic frozen berries too!) I encourage you to try this jam, you will not regret it.
Tip: Frozen berries that are thawed release their juice easier than fresh berries. Which is a plus during the busy hot harvest months. If you’re pressed for time, freeze your berries until things calm down
The first time I heard of adding grape juice in place of all that white sugar in traditional summer jam recipes? I was, to say the least, pretty skeptical. However, I was willing to try, if it got rid of some of that sugar load!
Surprisingly, we noticed immediately how much more of the ‘fruit’ we tasted. (Amazing what happens when you don’t add a 5 lb bag of white sugar!) Now sometimes, I will toss in a 1/4 C of organic sugar here. It is totally optional, it just adds a hint of sweet. If you prefer a more tart jam, leave this out. Either way– it is delicious. Best part, even if you don’t have a ton of berries you can make this small batch blackberry jam!
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4 Cups Freshly picked and washed berries (or frozen and thawed)
1 box of No Sugar PectinNote from Melissa: (the only store bought pectin I use is Pomona’s Pectin, it’s a natural pectin without added sugar or GMO ingredients and allows you to make no sugar added jams and jellies. You won’t need to use the whole box when using Pomona’s, just follow the instructions that come with it)
1/4 cup lemon juice if using sweet blackberries
1 Cup Grape Juice (undiluted)
This jam is a very special treat! Beautiful on the shelf and a very appreciated gift!Capture a little summertime in a jar with this easy blackberry jam recipe!
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.