The tame blackberries are ripe. I made blackberry jam the other day with the wild blackberries that O Wise One picked in the woods. Tuesday morning early he picked the tame blackberries off the trellis. I washed them up and they were really nice and big.
I really can't say enough about these Doyle blackberries. They are a wonderful breed of blackberry. Unlike any I have ever grown. They make huge amounts of berries compared to other varieties. These blackberries are off just 2 bushes. Their runners however can get up to 20' long. The berries just hang in clusters like grapes. They are thornless and are they big.
My goal for the day was canning blackberry pie filling. As I sit typing this I am listening to the ping sound of my lids sealing. Six jars for the pantry : )
Blackberry Pie Filling
6-quarts fresh blackberries
7 cups granulated sugar (can make slight adjustments for tartness of berries)
1 3/4 cups Clear Jel
1 teaspoon cinnamon
9 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup lemon juice (this is for safety, do not decrease amount)
Select top quality, firm, ripe berries. Rinse berries and set aside.
Measure lemon juice and set aside.
Combine Clear Jel, sugar and cinnamon in a large saucepan. Add water and mix until smooth. Stirring during the thickening process is critical for a smooth end product. Heat, stirring mixture constantly until it bubbles. Quickly add lemon juice and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. (you may add more water at this point if you wish to have a berry topping instead of pie filling). Remove from heat and fold in berries.
Fill 7 quart jars, leaving 1 to 1 1/2 inches of headspace.
Process in a boiling water canner for 30 minutes at sea level, 35 minutes at 1001 to 3000 feet and 40 minutes at altitudes 3001 to 6000 feet. Each quart of pie filling will make an 8- or 9-inch pie.
As you may have noticed the recipe makes 7 quarts but Baby O was running around licking spoons and bowls and pouting because I was putting it all in jars so I took pity on her and made that 7th quart into a crisp for supper. A little vanilla ice cream out of the freezer to go with it and she will be in heaven.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter