I normally fill my different types of home-made jams into small glasses, as they serves as an excellent gifts to friends and some wonderful colleagues. I know from myself, how I like to receive a glass of home-made as an eatable gift. It gives a wonderful warming sensation to your heart, when you receive such a home-made gift, as you know some one has spend some of their time making this gift to you
- 1300 g (Danish) blackberries
- 650 g sugar
- 25 g gelling powder (citrus pectin, sugar and citric acid)
- 1 vanilla pod
- 6 cl cognac
- Put the blackberries into a cooking pot. Add the gelling powder and agitate.
- It is important NOT to add the sugar at this stage, as the gelling powder need the water from the fruit to hydrate sufficiently.
- Bring the fruit to the boiling point and let it boil for 2 minutes
- Remove the vanilla corns from the vanilla pod. Save the vanilla pod for making home-made vanilla sugar.
- Bring the fruit and sugar to the boiling point again and boil for another 2 minutes.
- Add the cognac to the jam, after you have remove the cooking pan from the heat.
- Prepare the jam glasses by filling them with boiling water. I do not use any preservatives in my home-made jam, so this is important to increase shelf-life of your jam.
- Another thing you can do is to store the jam cold afterwards.
- As the jam is made from 2 parts of fruit and 1 part of sugar, the sugar content is not high enough to preserve the jam.
- Fill the glass with jam and close the glass.
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