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Friday, May 1, 2015

Easy Blackberry jam

Easy Blackberry Jam

This is not a new idea.  There are many recipes out there, and they are all pretty close in ingredients and techniques.  My difference is cooking method and the addition of a little maple syrup.  
I have found that sometimes berries are super sweet, and other times not so much.  I can't try every one of them, so I add a little maple syrup to get some consistency.  
Also I cook on the stove.  This serves a few purposes.  #1 It isn't the microwave.  I have found that some people are not fans of cooking in the microwave. #2 Doing it on the stove causes the chia seeds to bloom pretty fast, making it easier to eat sooner.  
Here are the ingredients:

24 oz. fresh blackberries, washed 
2T. maple syrup
1/4c chia seeds


Wash all your berries well, and let them drain for a few minutes.  Place in a medium sized sauce pan.  Add the maple syrup, cover and set on medium low heat.  You can pretty much walk away at this point.  Let it cook for 30 minutes.  This really allows the juices to slowly extract.  (I noticed when you do this in the microwave, it doesn't allow all the juices to properly extract.)
After about 15 minutes, remove lid and stir around.  Cover and cook another 15 minutes for a total of 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, remove from heat and add the chia seeds.  Using a fork stir and smash all at the same time.  I like the berries pretty mashed up, but you can control this.  
After it is at the consistency you like, pour into individual ramicans.  Let cool and then cover and put in the fridge.  It will be ready to eat in about 2-3 hours.  :)  
It stores in the fridge for about two weeks.  It also freezes.  Enjoy!!


 

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