July 14, 2009

Blackberry Preserves

I managed to get a bit of berry picking in this morning before the heavy rains arrived. I felt the sprinkling on my back just a few minutes after I began. Actually was really rather quite enjoyable... light mist, cool breeze in mid July. It was when the thunder started rolling close overhead I decided to end my berry mission. Gathered about 1/2 gallon. Just enough to make

Grandma's Blackberry Preserves.
Combine 2 quarts berries, juice of one lemon and 5 cups sugar, let stand overnight in refrig.
Heat slowly to boiling. Cook until syrup is thick. Stir frequently.
Skim, then pour into hot sterilized glasses and cover with parrafin.
Makes 6 - 6 oz. glasses.

Grandma’s Bread and Butter Pickles
4 Qt. Cucumbers in chunky slices (or thin if you prefer)
1 medium onion cut fine
5 cups vinegar
5 cups sugar
3 cups water
1 tsp. Black pepper
1 tsp. whole Cloves
1 tsp. whole Allspice
1 tsp. Cinnamon
3 tsp. Salt
Mix vinegar, sugar, water and salt in a large non-reactive stock pot. Put spices in a spice bag. (Spice Bag -A cheesecloth bag with a closeable opening or a piece of cheesecloth tied with a string to close) Add spice bag to vinegar mixture. Heat to boiling. When boiling add cucumbers and onions. Return to boil again. Boil 10 minutes. Remove spice bag. Can in sterile jars while hot.


Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

wish we were neighbors, I'd want to hang out with ya.

Nancy K. said...

That blackberry preserves recipe sounds SO easy.


DayPhoto said...

Thanks for these recipes! I am always collecting new things to try. And to find things that are simple and good are my favorite.


Goody said...

Oooh, how wonderful would those preserves be on top of a cheesecake, or lemon curd tart.

I haven't canned anything yet this year, but I'm about to be overrun by tomatoes so maybe I'd better get the canner ready.

Anonymous said...

Shame on me for not visiting ... and then I show up and see all this glorious preserved food! What a lovely cold season you're going to have. I'm going to try my hand at applesauce this year.