Posted 12-06-2003 at 18:32:31
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Wonderful seedless Jam.
In order to make room for the cow, we finished running the last of the berries through the juicer and made jam today. At the beginning of the season we purchased a juicer to turn all our fruit (strawberries, red raspberries, black raspberries, blackberries and choke cherry) into juice. I have nine 6-cup bricks of frozen black berry juice still in the freezer and a bit over 2 gallons in the fridge to process tomorrow. All the rest is now (seedless) jam or will be when we finish tomorrow. We made 44 jars of jam today. We still have a bunch of jam on the shelves from a couple of months ago.
I came up with the idea to use a juicer to help with seedless jam and it worked out very well. I take the berries and run them through the juicer. Freeze the juice in 6 cup Tupperware containers, remove, bag and pack in the freezer. The frozen bricks take up a lot less room than bags of frozen berries. It makes wonderful (seedless) jam.
I also have 5 gallons of blackberry wine in one carboy and another carboy with hard cider.
Next season should be better. About a dozen yellow raspberry bushes survived from the 50 we planted and I expect better results from the black raspberries.