It is the end of summer in the southern hemisphere and so we are picking mountains of fruit and trying out ways to use it. First up was blackberry jelly. We managed to pick 7 pounds of blackberries from the laneways near the family beach house...enough for us all to eat and still make 16 pots of jam! Blackberry jam is the most satisfying to make. It is wonderful walking the lanes searching for the brambles and challenging to reach the berries without getting caught on the thorns. You can never buy enough of this fruit commerically so it is always special when you can find enough to make jam with.
Recipe: Measure out 1 pound of fruit to 1 pound of sugar. (After a test run we we decided to use 25 percent less sugar and added half the recomended amount of 'jam setta' to make it a little less sweet but still set) Cook until a drop of jelly congeals to the right consistency on a cold saucer. Pour into jars (sterilised in the oven) while the jars are still hot. Seal with plastic, and decorate with your own lables and a fabric cover.