I was on a jam-making mission today - and am very pleased with the end result!
Nick and I had weighed our blackberries last night. We packed three one-kilo lots into plastic containers. They stayed in the fridge overnight.
(There is a smaller container of around 800 grams, still in the fridge, which will be used for dessert tonight).
After dropping Vaughan to school, I washed the berries and put them into one of my largest saucepans (which was actually one of my large thermal cooker pots).
Given the quantity I wanted to process, I decided to make jam on the stove rather than in the microwave.
Nick made a quick trip into town and returned with more sugar and lemons (as well as bread and milk).
I was set for production! I used 750 grams of sugar for each kilo of berries. As I had four lemons, I juiced them and also included some lemon zest. The mixture did it's thing for quite some time. I wasn't really timing the exercise, just checking back and stirring regularly. It looked so pretty bubbling away!
Nick has declared this batch of jam awesome - and we all agree that it is even better than the first one of a fortnight or so ago. Gotta be happy with that!