Blackberry and Elderberry Jam

    50 minutes

    This jam recipe takes the exact amount of juice that is extracted from the fruit to calculate the required sugar to create this beautiful jam.

    10 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 1kg blackberries, approximately
    • 1kg elderberries, approximately
    • 900g to 1800g jam sugar
    • 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Wash the berries well and then drain. Remove the Elderberries from their branches/twigs by stripping them off with a fork.
    2. Put both lots of berries into a large saucepan and cook over a low heat until they turn to a soft pulp. Press the berries as they cook to speed the process along and to extract as much juice as possible. If you are using very ripe berries, proceed to the next step. If the berries are still holding their shape or are not very juicy, you can blend them quickly at this point.
    3. Rub the pulp through a sieve using the back of a spoon or the back of a ladle. The aim is to extract the juice and leave behind the seeds.
    4. Very Important; measure the resulting juice. To each 600ml of juice add 450g of jam sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. You may not need all the sugar that you have set aside for this recipe.
    5. Heat the juice/sugar/lemon until the sugar has dissolved then turn up the heat and boil rapidly until setting point is reached.
    6. Ladle into hot, sterilised jars and seal.

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    I made this with just blackberries. It turned out well in spite of me being new to jam making and not quite getting the setting point right, went over a bit, so mine is very thick jam, but tastes great. I'm planning to try it as written with the elderberries next time. Really simple recipe to follow.  -  30 Aug 2014  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    This is the second year I have made this jam, love the simplicity and the fact most of the ingredients are free, I use a plate in the freezer to check for the setting point, doesn't take long, really recommend this recipe, I make them for Christmas pressies.  -  22 Aug 2014  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Just made this for the first time, but I'll definately be making it again. Absolutely gorgeous! I didn't have the quantities in the recipe, so I just measured the juice and divided the weight of sugar accordingly.  -  09 Sep 2014  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)