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So last year I was excited to see we had blackberry bushes in my backyard. So I waited for them to produce fruit. Last year the berries were horrible. Never really grew. So I told my husband we should just take it down. Fast forward to this year. We never took the bush down. Went out early last week and saw that the bush had produced a bunch of berries. And then more, and then more. So last night, I was busy in the kitchen making blackberry jam, blackberry-jalapeno jam, and the jalapeno jelly (recipe I found here). Busy kitchen with that and also having the kids make their own tortilla pizzas. And I know I will have more blackberries coming in, so I will be making more. And when the Michigan apples start to arrive in the stores, applesauce and apple butter, and apple jelly and maybe try the apple pie jelly recipe, and and and.....

So, I am looking for different types of jam/jelly recipes. If anyone has a favorite, let me know. I would love to experiment.

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  1. Gardenbeez's Avatar
    Aren't gifts like blackberries wonderful? We just had blackberry pancakes for breakfast! I haven't made jam with them for years so have no recipe to share I am afraid...except a blackberry lemonade!
    Blackberry Lemonade
    Blackberry lemonade is the perfect non-alcoholic drink for that next get together/picnic. It is cool and refreshing.
    1 1/2 cups blackberries (plus extra for garnish)
    1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 1/2 cups lemon juice (about 8 large lemons)
    3 1/2 cups water
    mint leaves (for garnish)
    1. In a blender, puree the blackberries and sugar until completely smooth. Once smooth, push the pureed blackberry mixture through a cheese cloth or mesh strainer into a large bowl to get rid of any seeds. Set aside.
    2. In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice and water. Add the blackberry mixture and adjust to desired taste/consistency by adding water and/or sugar.
    3. Serve over ice and garnish with a couple of blackberries and a mint leaf. Enjoy!
    6 servings
    The picture showed these served in small canning jars with straws, a few blackberries on top with a sprig of mint as well.

    I found this recipe on the following website...
    Blackberry Lemonade
  2. imjanis's Avatar
    If you have a dehydrator try drying some berries to use in recipes during the winter months.