Making Blackberry Jelly – The Old Time Way

Blackberry jelly from appalachia

Blackberry-is by far my favorite kind of jelly. I remember eating peanut butter and blackberry jelly sandwiches as an after school snack when I was a kid. Sometimes I’d swear someone else ate the other half of my sandwich since it was so good it disappeared way too fast.

I make Blackberry Jelly every year-I’ve always used Sure Jel/Pectin in my jelly making but wanted to give the old way a try and see if it was indeed better.

First I looked my berries-rinsed them off in the sink and picked out all the leaves. I put them in a pot on the stove-added water until it barely begin to come up to the berries and cooked them about 20 minutes.

Next I poured the berries into an old flour sack (cheese cloth or an old pillow case would work too) and tied it on a broom over a pot to drain the juice out. After I had gotten all the juice from the bag-I put it back on the stove and brought it too a boil-boiling 10 minutes.

Next I added sugar. I followed the directions from the Foxfire book which said to add one cup of sugar for each cup of blackberry juice. This made the jelly very very sweet. If I make it this way again-I’ll cut back on the sugar by half.

I brought the sugar juice mixture back to a boil. This is where I ran into trouble. Granny told me you have to boil it a long time to get it to set-and I remember her having to pour her jelly back in the pot and boil it some more when I was a child. What happened? I boiled mine way too long-I ended up with a rock hard mess-I mean you could lay blocks with it.

On my second try-I used my instincts instead of worrying about how long to boil-I watched the consistency of the jelly and when it begin to jell on my saucer (like in the picture above) I called it done. And it was.

Next comes putting the jelly in the jars. I use the open kettle method-which means-you have your jars, rings, taps, and jelly all at boiling temperature-and then you fill the hot jars with the hot jelly attach the hot taps and rings-and let the heat seal your jars. I know this method isn’t recommended by some canning/preservation authorities-but it’s the method my family and The Deer Hunter’s family have used for the last 20 years and it works for us.

After filling the jars-I turn them upside down for about 5 minutes then turn them back right side up-and cover with a towel to hold in heat. Then I listen for the wonderful sound of popping lids to let me know they all sealed.

My thoughts after trying the old fashioned way of making jelly:

*The first batch-tasted better because I started with fresh berries-but I ruined it by cooking it too long. I should follow my instincts instead of worrying about a set recipe.

*The second batch I made from juice I had in the freezer from last summer. It turned out beautiful-but a little too sweet. Next time I’ll cut back on the sugar.

*Using pectin/Sure Jel is an easier method for someone like me-who likes specific directions. But I am glad I tried and conquered the old time way-even if it did take me 2 tries.

So have you ever made Blackberry Jelly the old time way?

Tipper

 

 

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66 Comments

  • Reply
    Tipper
    July 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Cassandra-thank you for the comment! If you’re new to canning I would suggest you use the recipe at the link below instead. It is much easier to make : )
    https://blindpigandtheacorn.com/blind_pig_the_acorn/2017/07/poor-year-for-blackberries.html

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    Cassandra Mcgeary
    July 8, 2017 at 4:02 am

    I am sorry, new to canning can you tell me how much lemon juice and berries thank you

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    juanita
    February 23, 2017 at 7:59 am

    put a glass saucer in freezer for 20 min and take it out put a dab of jelly and run finger through jelly if jelly seperates and dont run back together ready to can

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    Laura from FermentaCap
    October 8, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Cutting back on sugar will affect the gelling, and it affects the texture of jams. I can do it with just a little less sugar than jam, but not much more of a reduction.

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    Ashley
    August 16, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I love making jelly. I do not use pectin to gel. For blackberry jelly I put the berries through a food processor and if I am making jelly I use a berry bag(or cheesecloth) to remove the seeds. If I’m making jam I just run it through the processor twice to remove cores and about half the seeds. I measure what I have left after processing and use half a cup of sugar to one cup of mashed berries/juice. I use a half of a lemon for about 4 cups. You can put zested rind in with juice if you want a little tang. It helps keep color and preserve. I boil mixture until it it reaches 215/220 on candy thermometer and it looks to be boiling lava. I check if it’s done with a cold plate out of the freezer. I put a spoonful on plate and put it back in for a min or two. If it doesn’t run when you swipe your finger through it, it’s done. Without canning it lasts two months in fridge. When I do can I boil canning parts and fill when mixture is done, set them back in the boiling water for 5 minutes, set them on the counter, and they all Pop. I have yet to have a batch not gel. Hope this helps! -Ashley-

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    Denise
    August 11, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I have a patch of blackberries outback and this year I wanted to try and make jelly the old-fashioned way. I haven’t done this in many years and have used added pectin for the past while. I have a note next to my mother-in-law’s handwritten recipe using only BlackBerries and sugar so I wanted to try her recipe. 6 cups blackberries 4 to 4 1/2 cups sugar. I have a note I wrote back in 1984 that says this recipe did not gel. This time I decided to use a digital thermometer hung into the pot of the rolling boil of the blackberries which got up to 220 degrees F. which is the gel stage as well using a silver spoon to see if I had some gel. The liquid certainly jelled according to the thermometer and my spoon. I then put the liquid into 250 ml jars put the lids and screw-tops on and processed in a water bath for ten minutes. When the jelly cooled and I inspected it the next day, the jelly looked runny. This has happened to me several times over the years. Very frustrating. I’m not sure why this happens because it was certainly jelled before I canned it. I’m beginning to suspect that putting it into a boiling water bath lowers the temperature from 220 to 212 Fahrenheit, the temperature of boiling water which in fact somehow “de-gels” it if I can say it that way. I think I’m going to start using the old fashioned way where you do not use a water bath for jams and jellies because I don’t have the time to reprocess. Any thoughts, anyone.

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    Marie Thomas
    December 30, 2015 at 6:12 am

    from Marie Thomas again.
    I let the bag of juice hang on the broom handle over night. Don’t waste a drop!

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    Marie Thomas
    December 30, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Mother made all kinds of jelly/jam. Lived on a farm and if we didn’t grow it we didn’t eat it.
    the way mother tested to see if jelly w/o pectin is done is dipping a big metal spoon and letting the juice drip off of it. If the jelly came off in “sheets” , meaning it all ran together before dropping off , it was ready. It is a delicate call, even then. but we don’t like the taste of sure jel. She also made apple-blackberry jelly/jam. Daddy grew black raspberries. Talk about a TREAT!!

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    Carolyn
    July 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    My nephew came to watch and help me make blackberry jelly one day. Things were going good until it came time to add the sugar. I had used the 1 cup measurer earlier in the day. I didn’t look but took the one off the bottom which was really the 3/4 cup. So I wound up being 1 1/2 cups short of sugar. I cooked and cooked it and it wouldn’t thicken up. We finally put it in jars and called it blackberry syrup! It was good on pancakes, ice cream or oatmeal.

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    hope
    March 14, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Thank you. Mine turned out pefect I just wished it would of made more I used 6 cups of juice and 6 cups of sugar and only had 2 pints of jelly with I little left for us to eat now. But it taste great . This was my first time making anything like this will be making more even though its not good on my hips. It will b hard not to eat the whole thing.

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    Norma
    May 14, 2014 at 12:38 am

    It was nice to find your site. I’ve always canned, learned that from my Mom. She and I always did it together, until she passed away. I do so miss her. My job when I was young, was to wash all of her jar’s in a big tub outside. I didn’t enjoy any of that but did so enjoy all of the canning she put up for our family. Have any of you heard of cocoa fried pies? We weren’t rich at all and Mom would make just plain old dry cocoa with sugar added to make it sweet, roll out some biscuit dough, take a saucer, lay it on the dough, cut around it, putting 2 ,or 3 T. of cocoa mixture(dry)on it, fold it over, using a fork to mash around the half moon edge of the pie, so none of the cocoa would come out while frying in lard. She would fry it to a golden brown on both sides. It was a pretty tasty treat when you wanted something sweet. I could tell you all some really neat stuff.

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    Norma
    May 14, 2014 at 12:13 am

    When you made your first blackberry jam the old fashion way, should have put some juice back in the pot and set it aside. It would have melted it all back to liquid, possibly. I think a person would want to warm what- ever kind of juice you would use, in order to bring the hardened jam back to more of a liquid form. I would use apple or pear juice, since they have a rather mild taste to them. You could also have made a hard candy with your jam you cooked to long. It’s a shame you did away with it. Your family might have liked it as a hard blackberry candy. Think about that next time.

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    NormaJean Nelson
    June 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Your site is great!!!

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    Tiger
    June 25, 2012 at 10:20 am

    For laughs: I shared the discussion about jelly getting too hard with my Mom. Her response: “yep, Nanny told me to cook until it turns clear, so I cooked and cooked and cooked and it still wasn’t clear. Then I stuck my spoon in to stir, and couldn’t get it out. Pan, spoon, and would-be jelly all went out in the trash.”
    Thanks for the heads-up! I watched very carefully and managed to avoid the brick (hoping all the while that if I did wind up with bricks, I’d know it in time to make hard candies instead of jelly)

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    Tipper
    June 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Shannon
    Thank you for the comment! I’m sure you could freeze the jam/jelly-but I never have. After opening a jar of jelly-it should last several weeks stored inside your refrigerator.
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    Shannon
    June 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    How long after opening jar will the blackberry jam last & can you freeze it?

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    carp
    July 14, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I remember my mama would pour a little dab of jelly on a saucer and let it set to check the consistency
    !

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    Sassy
    June 21, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Awesome Tipper! I will have to try the old fashioned way when my brand new berry plants produce enough.

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    Tipper
    July 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Thank you!! I hope the jelly turns out perfect : )
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    Dreamagail
    July 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I AM GETTING READY TO MAKE BLACKBERRY JELLY SO MAY GIVE THE OLDFASHIONED WAY A TRY. WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW IT TURNS OUT.REALLY LIKE THIS SITE SO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING BACK ALOT OF WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF MY MOTHER. THANK YOU
    DREAMA

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    lynda lawrence
    September 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    I feel “at home” again after reading your site and comments from other readers. Thanks also for making me feel not so condemned for using the open kettle method for jelly. I am glad to find out I can use an old , clean pillow case for a jelly bag.

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    trisha too
    July 27, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    oh, and nope, never berry jelly the old fashioned way, but apples and crabapples, yes, because they have plenty of natural pectin.
    so i wasn’t scared to try!

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    trisha too
    July 27, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    you are SO right–there is nothing quite like that little poink sound!! (i just jammed up a buncha peaches and black raspberries.)
    blackberries are next–how does crabapple/blackberry jelly sound? or are you a purist?

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    Louise
    July 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Things like this are why I lived in the country, or at least not in so much of a city. To get enough blackberries (or any berry) to do such a thing would cost a FORTUNE.
    I’ve never canned anything. My mother hated cooking and what little canning she did, she did not include me. I think she wanted to get it over with as fast as she could and not teach me. I’ve never had a real opportunity. Maybe in another life.

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    erin
    July 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    hey there, just a suggestion for getting your berry jams and jellies to gel without the pection…for strawberry, blackberry and raspberry you can squeeze a lemon and put the juice in, then wrap up all the seeds and throw them in while you’re boiling the fruit. i found some teabags here for packing your own loose leaf tea, and that works perfect for the seeds, faster than cutting and tying up muslin or cheesecloth. the seeds are full of pectin. apple seeds work too but lemon seeds are easier to get out. try one big lemon for two pints of fruit, and about 3/4:1 sugar to fruit (so 3c sugar to 4c fruit).
    i never use pectin (except for making oregon grape holly jelly), and 20-30 minutes of boiling that recipe above (2pts fruit, 3c sugar, one lemon plus seeds) gives me wonderful jam every time. i always flip the jars, have never processed fruit preserves, and works a charm every time!
    (for a special treat add a few tablespoons of brandy into the jam mixture right before you ladle into the jars…it’s heavenly with fresh biscuits and creamy goat cheese!)

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    Egghead
    July 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I use the pectin as well and also I use the seal method you do. I have never had a problem with my jam or the seals yet. I suppose I should water bath it just in case but it still works for us as well.

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    Jenny-Jenny
    July 18, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    The blackberries won’t be ready in the NW for another month but I can’t wait to try the old way. Thanks for sharing and I will be referring back to make it “right”

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    Paula
    July 18, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I grew-up watching, and helping, my mom and grandma can jelly, but I don’t like to can so I’m strictly a freezer jam kind of girl. You almost make me want to do it again, but not quite…

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    Just Jackie
    July 16, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I tried to make peach jam the first year I moved here and it was a flop. It was great on ice cream, though. My grandma and granny always melted parafin and put on the top of the jelly they made. Do people do that any more????

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    Janet
    July 16, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Tipper, I just got back from vacation. My mom and grandma used to do it without sure jel, they’d cook it in those big aluminum pans. I use sure jel and I like blackberry jam better than jelly. It just tastes better to me. I also make grape jelly and I love it. I always turn my jars upside down and have never had any problem with it. I just picked my first quart of berries on Monday just as we were leaving on vacation.

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    [email protected]
    July 16, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Mom used to make rasberry jam the old fashioned way. She said all of that sugar is what made it set up. It was yummy!!!

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    Sandi
    July 16, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I’m new to jelly making, made a batch of new style red plum jelly a few years ago that was so good I tried it again this year. Now the first batch I made with pectin and the batch today I tried the old fashioned way. The jelly is prettier colored from the open kettle one, I will have to see if it jells. I’m at 5000 feet and it took forever, was afraid to cook too hot or I’d destroy the pectin.
    I’ve looked up recipes and wasn’t sure I didn’t have to process the open kettle jelly in the hot water bath also. Didn’t! Lids are popping, tomorrow I will know if it jelled and tastes any better.

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    GrannyPam
    July 16, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I think all the recipes have way too much sugar. I made Crabapple jelly the old way, years ago, it turns out a lovely pink color. Last year I tried it again, and followed some recipe I found in a cookbook. It was way too sweet, and I will cut back half or more if I use it again. Crabapple jelly gets tough, too. You have to be real careful not to boil it too long.

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    Jeanne
    July 16, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Tipper!! I love the pictures you took of making the jelly. I love the old tried and true ways of many things, but I don’t think I’ll be getting out my broom to make jelly anytime soon!! I will leave it to you and live vicariously through you!!! 🙂 I would probably go the sure jell way for sure!! Great article! Makes me think about my momma making all kinds of wonderful jellies! Daddy loved gooseberry!

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    Marlene
    July 16, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I haven’t made blackberry jelly but I did make fig/strawberry preserves last week. I did the water bath canning but decided I wouldn’t do that any more. If you have the jars and lids really hot when you but the boiling liquid in there’s no reason that wouldn’t be ok for a long time! I remember that my mother didn’t water bath them – she did exactly like what you call the “old time” method! blessings, marlene

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    Becky
    July 16, 2009 at 6:52 am

    I still haven’t tried blackberry jelly. I think our blackberries are about gone now. My father-in-law planted blackberries in memory of my Dad. He used to bring them blackberries and they would always repay him by making him a blackberry cobbler.

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    SandyCarlson
    July 15, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    There’s a lot to be said for trusting your judgment. This looks so very delicious. I want some!

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    fishing guy
    July 15, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Tipper: What a neat post, That is my favorite jelly also. My daughter made it for me after I picked the berries. Ours are just turning red right now.

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    Michelle
    July 15, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    No, I have never made blackberry jelly the old fashion way. I have made jelly and jam using Sure Jel, but I have don’t that in many years.
    My grandmother made raspberry jelly the old fashion way. Boy, was that good stuff!!

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    Abbey Jenkins
    July 15, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Yum! Tipper, i love blackberries too! See ya at the dance 2night!

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    Miss Cindy
    July 15, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Tipper, I make all my jam and jelly with sure jell. It is easier, takes less sugar, and I think it holds its flavor better—-I thinks that’s because the berries are not cooked so long.
    I agree with Warren, I’m afraid is you mess with the sugar content it will alter the consistency and this type of jelly is too fragile!
    I always used a fork to test for doneness of jelly/jam cooked without pectin. Dip the clean fork in the boiling mixture and lift it out. When the jelly closes the tines on the fork then it is done, and will set properly.
    If it all runs off the fork then it is not yet thick enough to set so cook it a little longer.
    Your Blackberry Jelly, last year, was the best I’ve ever tasted. Whatever you did—–was perfect!
    In fact I’s love to have another jar, hint-hint!
    The Deerhunter told me the signs are right now for pickling so I went to the market today for cucumbers. They go in the crock today for 14 day pickles.
    Love ya!

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    David Templeton
    July 15, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    I believe that blackberries are probably among God’s favorite gifts to us. Is there another treat like blackberry jelly or blackberry cobbler?
    As kids, we picked blackberries every year, out in the counytrysides around Kingsport. Our mouths would water just thinking about our Momma’s pies and cobblers.
    We three brothers usually played around and caught junebugs or jumped in the creek, but we helped our sisters, too.
    I was back in Kingsport recently and tried to pick blackberries but they were about a week away yet and I only got a few handfuls.
    I have a postcard … I don’t remember how I came into it. I don’t think I know the folks. It’s from 1913 and it was sent by a woman living at the time in Osgood, Indiana to her brother in Illinois. It’s blackberry time in Indiana when she writes.
    As in the letters you share with us, I always find a certain poignancy in old hand-written letters and I love to read them. Her letter reads:
    Osgood, Indiana July 14, 1913
    Dear Brother,
    Why don’t you write. Just wait until you get where I can get a holt of you. Come home and help pick blacberries.
    Agnes
    Tipper, we’re fixing to pick and we’ll make jelly and put some berries up, too.
    Thanks for a wonderful blackberry article. We’ll lean on your experiences.

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    Pam
    July 15, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Thank you for explaining how to make blackberry jelly without the “store-bought” stuff! I’ve wanted to learn how for awhile- I knew there must be a way, but wasn’t sure how to go about it!
    That reminds me- we have berries on the vines and I should check on them instead of being on this computer! Storms are on the way today!
    Blessings-
    Pam

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    wkf
    July 15, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I was so excited about this post! I love blackberry anything.
    I cooked mine last year kinda like the old timey way(Jam instead of jelly). It didn’t require a broom. I made rocks too. It tasted good, if you opened the jar and licked the top.
    Also I now have another use for my broom other than riding around on it!!!

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    Terry
    July 15, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Hey Tipper, blackberry jam is my favorite. I haven’t made any, but did do up some pear honey one time. I put the wax on top. Kept a good long while, and was very tasty. I really enjoyed this months newsletter.

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    Pappy
    July 15, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Sounds delicious. Bebe makes all kinds of jellies from local fruit. I do love jelly made from grapes or berries. Nothing like a hot buttered biscuit with a generous gob of jelly in the center. Take a bite of crispy slab bacon, then follow it with a bite of biscuit. Chew for a while then wash it down with some fresh black coffee. Beats a breakfast bar all to pieces. Pappy

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    Helen G.
    July 15, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I’ve never made jelly or preserves. I planted a couple blackberry bushes this spring so I figure I’d better start looking at ways to make some jelly.
    Helen

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    Linda
    July 15, 2009 at 12:51 am

    I think I tried making jelly the old fashioned way one time, but did not have success and went back to the Sure-gel. I haven’t made jam for probably 15 years or so. My last batches were peach and strawberry freezer jams. Prior to that, I made the Sure-gel jam, poured it into small recycled jars and sealed them with a layer of hot parafin and put the lids on. I’m sure that would be a no-no today. Occasionally, a bit of mold would form around an edge of the parafin where the air would hit a bit of splashed jam, but that would be scooped out and the jam enjoyed thoroughly. Was this method ever used in your area?

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    My Carolina Kitchen
    July 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    My mother made blackberry jelly just like this when I was growing up. The blackberries stain everything in sight. That was a familiar sight to see the cheesecloth hanging like that. What great memories you’ve stirred up. Her wooden spoons always had a dark red stain but it was worth it. Best jelly in the whole wide world.
    Sam

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    georgie
    July 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I make the SureJel freezer jam recipe and use the less sugar SureJel pectin. Most jams and jellies are sweeter than needed and this one turns out just right. This year I may try to use the hot pack method and make some jellies and can some fruit.
    There is no WalMart near here so please don’t put me in the drawing.

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    Matthew Burns
    July 14, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I can taste the summer goodness from here. But don’t that look good!
    My family has always used the open canner method of canning too. Ain’t killed us yet, so I reckon we’ll keep doin’ it this way a while longer.
    We make our blackberry jelly exactly the smae way as you do. I remember as a child that I’d get scolded for always wanting to squeeze the cheescloth to get more juice out, and was told that this will make the jelly cloudy.
    I like the old fashioned type better (I’m sure it’s all in my head), but I too use Sure-Jell. My granny always used green apple peeling to get her pectin, she never did use gelatin for anything. I’ve also heard that you can add some apple juice to the blackberry juice and that will give you more jelly, and it will still taste like blackberry. Haven’t tried it though.
    I’m with you though, I don’t like my jelly too sweet either, I like to taste the fruit. The peach orchards up here are advertising that they’ll be ripe July 26, so I’m hoping to get a bushel or so to make jam and to can some.

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    July 14, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Tipper,
    Your blackberry jelly looks real good. I love blackberry jelly. It’s so good on hot buttered biscuits. My mama likes to make jelly, too. I can’t wait until we pick enough blackberries for her to make a run. I hope the girls did great clogging Sat. Sorry I missed it.

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    Valerie Boivin
    July 14, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I was just thinking yesterday about how much I love the sound of the lids popping! I just put up a batch of green beans. I haven’t made jelly in years but I remember my grandmother making jelly the “old time way”, and I remember when she switched to sure gel. She loved the freezer jelly.
    Be blessed!

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    Rick
    July 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I can remember mom making that just by looking at your pictures. Boy, those were the good old days for sure.

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    Julie at Elisharose
    July 14, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Never blackberry, but I make fig preserves every year. I don’t use a recipe, but I’ve been compiling a cookbook and plan to write it all down this year.

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    Annie
    July 14, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve only used the modern way, but I remember watching my grandmother do it the old fashioned way.
    Ummm…makes my mouth water.

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    Shirley
    July 14, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I have made peach jam and pumpkin butter, but I used pectin in my peach jam. And I did the water bath process.
    I love blackberries, but mostly in a cobbler. It’s my favorite.

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    don
    July 14, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    This article comes at just the right time. My blackberries are coming in fast and I’ll be making my first batch of jelly. Thanks for the tips.

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    mary
    July 14, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for the lesson. I don’t have to make jelly as my mom makes it for everyone. I think at 84 the pans are getting too heavy for her, though. Could you salvage the overcooked jelly as candy? If it was sweet, my husband would have put it on his ice cream!

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    Sallie C aka Cybergranny
    July 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Mmmmm Blackberry Jelly the old way brings back memories of blackberry picking and my mom’s canning,

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    Vera
    July 14, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I always read your blog andI am already signed up for the Blind Pig.
    Please enter me in the drawing.

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    warren
    July 14, 2009 at 11:30 am

    We’ve made it the old fashioned way but prefer the new way…it’s just easier. My son esp loves blackberry jelly/jam/syrup…we make all three because he loves it so much. Anyhow, I think your method of canning is still approved. Old timers used to do the flip method you mentioned in lieu of water bath canning. The idea was to flip it and make the air run out and seal the lid. That is def not recommended any more. Btw, I think if you mess with the sugar too much, you may have varied luck in getting it to gel. There is some flexibility but it will have an impact at some point.

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    Osagebluffquilter
    July 14, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I made blackaberry jelly for the first time last year. It turned utpretty good, even though blackberry isn’t my favorite. BT likes it second to strawberry.
    I am posting your giveaway on facebook!
    Oh and it’s pouring here, bet we just had an inch of rain.
    P.

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    Mary
    July 14, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Tipper,
    I have made blackberry jam the old fashioned way and many other types of jam as well. It’s been a lot of years though. Since I am diabetic and hubby doesn’t eat jam, I don’t make it anymore. My daughter makes it for her family, but the new, modern way.
    Enjoyed your post and well remember jam in flour sacks.
    Blessings,
    Mary

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    Trixie Goforth
    July 14, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Hope my last comment weren’t too racy!

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    Trixie Goforth
    July 14, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Well, I’ll be dawg. It was right here all the time. Enjoyed all that jelly talk!

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