Black Raspberry Jam [project #147]

Black Raspberry Jam: Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes: Makes between 3-4 pints

Ingredients:

  • 6 c. black raspberries, mashed
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3 c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. powdered fruit pectin

Directions:

  1. Combine the raspberries, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest in a 6 quart stock pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. When the mixture boils so much that it cannot be stirred away.
  2. Add the fruit pectin and stir to combine well and allow to cook for 5-8 minutes.
  3. Pour into sterilized jars and place a sterilized lid and ring on top. Use standard canning method and boil for 12 minutes. Remove from canning vessel and allow to cool overnight.

Notes:

*Raspberry: an ingredient’s life story:

  • AKA: aggregate fruits (because they are made up of littler cells of individual fruits).
  • BUYING & STORING: Raspberries are highly perishable, and should be used within a day or two of purchase. You want to choose berries that are firm and rich in colour, avoiding moldy and soft berries. Make sure that berries aren’t packed too tightly because this will cause excessive bruising, making the berries perish rapidly. To store, sort through all of the berries, removing any that have spoiled, and placing them into the original container, unwashed, until use. Raspberries freeze incredibly well.
  • HEALTH: 1 c. of raspberries contains 64 calories. The other important nutrients are: 54% DV vitamin C, 41% DV of  manganese, 40% DV of dietary fiber, and 12% DV of vitamin K. Raspberries also contain a good amount of ellagic acid, a potent phytonutrient that is responsible for the berry’s antioxidant properties.
  • ORIGINS: Typically though to have originated in Asia, there are some varieties that only exist in Western Hemisphere.
  • SEASON: Raspberries show up in the summer months of June, July and August.
  • USED IN: Jams and jellies, desserts, compotes and your occasional sauce on top of pork or beef.
  • VARIETIES: The most common type of raspberry (Rubus idaeus) is red.  However, raspberries come in many colors including black, purple, orange, yellow and white. Also, both loganberries and boysenberries are hybrids of raspberries.
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