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The Ultimate Blackberry Jam Handbook: Tips, Tricks & Recipes for a Perfect Preserve

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The Ultimate Blackberry Jam Handbook: Tips, Tricks & Recipes for a Perfect Preserve

Say goodbye to store-bought preserves and get ready to embark on a jam-packed journey into the world of blackberry goodness!

In this article, discover top tips and tricks for creating the most delicious homemade blackberry jam imaginable. We’ve even sweetened the deal by including a collection of mouth-watering recipes so you can put your newfound skills to the test and delight your taste buds.

The irresistible allure of blackberry jam

Blackberry jam is a delightful culinary creation, cherished for its rich, sweet-tart flavour and deep, jewel-toned hue.

Its versatility makes it a kitchen superstar—spread it on warm toast, swirl it into yoghurt, or use it as a delectable filling for pastries and cakes.

How to make blackberry jam in four simple steps


Prepare your ingredients

Start by gathering fresh blackberries (approximately 1kg), Tate & Lyle Jam Sugar, and lemon juice. Tate & Lyle Jam Sugar is specially formulated with added pectin to help your jam to set perfectly. Also, make sure you have clean and sterilised jars and lids at the ready for the canning stage. Top tip: For the best-tasting blackberry jam, be sure to choose plump, ripe blackberries that have a deep, uniform colour.


Cook your blackberries

In a large saucepan, combine the blackberries and sugar over low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the berries release their juices. Then add a splash of lemon juice for a zesty twist. Top tip: When adding sugar to the blackberries, sprinkle it evenly across the surface to help it dissolve better.


Simmer to perfection

Turn up the heat to medium and let the mixture come to a gentle boil. Keep it simmering, give it a good stir every now and then, and scoop off any foam that pops up. Keep going until your jam thickens up just the way you like it. Top tip: Use a wide saucepan to help your jam cook evenly and reduce the chance of it boiling over as it thickens.


Can and enjoy!

Gently pour the hot jam into sterilised jars, leaving a bit of room at the top. Pop the lids on, and if you want to keep your jam for a while, you can use a water bath canner. This means placing your jars in a large pot of boiling water for a little while to create a tight seal, so your jam stays fresh for longer. Top tip: For the best results, allow your freshly poured jam to cool for a few minutes before sealing the jars and starting the water bath canner process.

Blissful blackberry jam recipes for you to try

Now that you know the basics of making blackberry jam, try out these related recipes to perfect the craft and make the most delicious blackberry-based desserts.

Blackberry loaf

Transfer your blackberry jam skills into a delightful blackberry and lemon loaf – a light and airy sponge that’s bursting with berries and crowned with a vibrant blackberry glaze.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Bake time: 1 hour

Mini blackberry and apple crumbles 

Experience a contemporary take on a classic dessert with our Mini Blackberry and Apple Crumbles. These delectable treats offer the ultimate comfort food experience, blending the nostalgic flavours of blackberries and apples with a tasty modern twist!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Bake time: 20-25 minutes

Blackberry coffee crumble muffins 

This delightful dessert combines the rich flavours of coffee and blackberries. Featuring a moist, cinnamon-infused base, complemented by bursts of fruity blackberry goodness and topped with a coffee-infused crumble, they’re the perfect autumnal treat.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 17 minutes

Packed with the juiciness of blackberries and a zesty citrus punch, this blackberry sorbet recipe yields a vibrant and refreshing treat that serves as a delightful, palette-cleansing interlude for your taste buds.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Freeze time: 8-12 hours

Don’t forget the sweetest ingredients… 

When it comes to perfecting your blackberry-based desserts, our specialised range of sugars and sweeteners add that extra touch of magic.

Our Jam Sugar and Preserving Sugar are your go-to companions for crafting exquisite jams, ensuring the ideal consistency and preserving the fruit’s natural flavours. For baking indulgent cakes and pastries, Tate & Lyle Caster Sugar is a must, giving your treats a delicate crumb and a perfect rise. If you’re dreaming of silky-smooth blackberry sorbets or ice creams, our Fine Cane Sugar dissolves effortlessly, infusing your frozen delights with sweetness.

So, whether you’re making jam, baking, or freezing, let our sugars elevate your culinary creations to new heights!

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