Black Raspberry Jam

Black Raspberry Jam

Black Raspberry Jam

So this was one of my “brilliant” mama ideas. We like to pick fruit. It’s fun (ish depending on everyone’s moods) and then my kids eat plenty of fresh fruit. Right now it’s raspberry season and my kids are busy picking my yard clean of wild raspberries. They adore them and I’ve got the cutest little pictures of their faces literally covered in raspberry. So what could be better than going to a commercial farm to pick black raspberries in season? More berries are a good thing right? I could make pie (we love pie). I could make jam (we love jam). Brilliant no? Spend a lovely late June afternoon picking berries. Ah but had the weather cooperated with me. When we left the house it was sunny(ish) and slightly cool(ish). By the time we got there (and it’s only 45 mins away) it was in the fifties and windy. The sun was gone and we froze. In late June! We scrounged together some truly tragic coats from the car and proceeded to pick. Now lucky for us they had a ton of berries because everyone had more sense than we did and stayed home. We got 7 lbs of berries and the blueness left the kids lips by the time we reached the outer belt once again. It was pretty miserable and my husband would say, “tell me again why we do this.” So I made jam to answer that question. It was superb. Face it, you cannot get enough black raspberries at a decent price any other way to make jam. And what jam it is! Because of the natural pectin in the berries’ seeds you just mix equal parts berries and sugar, cook until thick and can as you always would. I don’t like Ball’s recipe because it’s a bit too sweet for me. This jam is divine on toast and in cookies. I’m hoping that when we open jars of it, deep in the middle of winter we’ll think fondly back of that warm June day when we all went picking. Pity it didn’t actually happen. Still we took a vote after the kids tasted the cooled jam and they agreed it was worth it. They couldn’t have been too traumatized because they even agree to pick apples with me the following week. Onward to blueberry season…

Makes:9 pint jars

Kid Friendly Task: Picking crew


  • 4 c black raspberries

  • 4 c sugar



  1. Place berries in a large pot and bring to a full boil over high heat, mashing berries as you go. Boil hard for one minute, stirring constantly.

  2. Add sugar, return to a boil and boil until the mixture hits the gel stage (test this on a cold spoon). It should take around 5ish minutes.

  3. Laddle into hot jars and water bath process for 10 minutes.


Black Raspberry Jam

Black Raspberry Jam


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