Summer Canning 101: Mixed Berry Jam.

We are well into late Summer, the garden is in full bloom and I'm looking ahead to my summer pantry and how I am going to stock it up this year. One of the things I love to celebrate here on heirloomed are the simple crafts of yesterday and keep them around for another generation.

Canning + food preservation is one of those arts, especially here in the South. Today I'm teaming up with my friends at Ball Canning for a little “Canning 101” to show you how incredibly easy and fun it is to can yourself and capture all the flavors of summer in a little jar. 

Ball Mason Jars Canning

If you’ve never tried canning before, not to worry. I’m walking you through all the essential tools you’ll need and a step-by-step recipe for a Mixed Berry Jam that is so delicious and I know you’ll just love (it goes perfectly on a hot Buttermilk Biscuit, too!) I was pretty intimidated before I tried canning for the first time but once I read more about it and tried it for the first time I was hooked.

Ball Canning DIY
Mason Jar Canning
DIY Canning
Mixed Berry Jam Recipe

MIXED BERRY JAM

Makes approximately 6 (8oz) half pint jars

INGREDIENTS:

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.

2. Combine berries in an 8-quart saucepan. Gradually stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, over high heat, stirring constantly.

3. Add entire measure of sugar, stirring to dissolve. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boilhard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam, if necessary.

4. Ladle hot jam into a hot jar leaving ¼ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim.Center lid on jar and apply band, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.

5. Process jars 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid, let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when center is pressed.

Mixed berry Jam instructions
PRO TIP : Use a potato masher for a finer smash!

PRO TIP : Use a potato masher for a finer smash!

Mixed berry jam ingredients
DIY mixed berry jam
PRO TIP : Save yourself a little mess by filling on a dish cloth or cutting board

PRO TIP : Save yourself a little mess by filling on a dish cloth or cutting board

PRO TIP : Pay special attention to the instruction's required headspace measurement, this recipe calls for 1/4".

PRO TIP : Pay special attention to the instruction's required headspace measurement, this recipe calls for 1/4".

It really is so fun and easy to can in your own home. If you have any questions, you can always reference the “Canning 101” section on the Ball® website, it will show you a great step-by-step. Just make sure you keep everything sanitized to minimize any chance of compromising and not properly storing your filled jars.

cleaning Ball jars
Mixed berry jam

I like to keep my fruit rather chunky because I prefer more of the jam texture but you can always finely mash and strain your berries for more of a jelly-like texture as well. And, Ball® even has these really cute jar labels over on their site that you can download and print on labels to decorate and customize your own jars.

I’d love to know if you’ve ever canned before or if you’re giving it a try for the first time by sharing with us at #heirloomed and #jamwithball #yesyoucan. And in case you love it as much as I do, pop over here for even more recipes you can try or if you’d rather a hardcopy (like me) Ball® has a great Canning Book.


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#southernchat: jars & canning.

Jars & Canning

If you know me well {or .. not so well} you know that jars are simply one of my favorite things! When I was little, I loved playing in my grandmother's pantry because she kept nothing in it's original packaging but instead transferred everything to be stored into various sized glass jars, which were labeled and reminded me of a candy store - it was beautiful. And today, I do the same with many of my baking ingredients. And, of course I package my own IceMilk Aprons in their very own jars as well as a nod to this special fondness I have.

Funny story. So, I get preserves jars by the truckload from a small town grocery store or from our local hardware store to hand pack each of my aprons. My husband is kind enough to go there and load them up in his pickup truck and bring them home for me. The folks at the store are certain we are moonshiners. It makes me laugh every time, though I have kind of gotten into the Moonshiners show {anyone else?} ...

Jars

products in jars

Jars & Canning

Canning and preserving is on the list as one of the top 10 trends of 2013 and is oh-so-chic! With farming and farmers markets being so popular these days, I'm not surprised! Williams-Sonoma has a special section on their agrarian site just for Canning & Preserving. Mason jars are being used on everything from weddings to packaging to entertaining. Blackberry Farm has a preservationist on staff. So, whether you love Ball, Mason, Kerr, Weck or other jars, take your pick and jump right into this fun, southern-inspired craft. Some of my favorite things come in jars and I included them above for you to enjoy, but I'd love to know what else you have that I haven't yet discovered! I hope you'll join in our #southernchat this week to talk about all things  jars, preserving, canning & more!

southernchat

#southernchat: jars & canning (Monday, 2/18/13, 9:00 pm est)

Q1: When you think of jars, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

Q2: What kind of jars are your favorite? Brands, shapes, sizes & more!

Q3: Have you ever tried canning & preserving? If not, would you give it a try? If so, any tips to share?

Q4: I shared some of my favorite things in jars, so what are your favorite things in jars?

Q5: What are some of the most creative things you've seen done with jars?

{ If you’re interested in sponsoring the southern jars & canning chat, or to learn more about #southernchat, to be a guest or host another giveaway, click here to learn more!}

Jars + Canning: Phickles Pickles, Emily G's Jams, Bella Cucina pesto, IceMilk Aprons, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, St. Helena Olive Oil Co. Sea Salt, Blackberry Farms Grain and Nut Granola for Williams-Sonoma, Canning for a New Generation book.