I have been wanting to make some Black and Blue Jam using blackberries and blueberries. We had a good blackberry crop this summer and when the blueberry prices dropped at the end of the season I stocked up. What I did not use for the jam went into the freezer for more jam, blueberry pancakes and other dishes. Something about cooking or baking with fruits during the cold days of winter brightens my day.
For the Black and Blue Jam, I used the Mixed Berry jam recipe from the Ball Book of Canning: http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipes/mixed-berry-jelly. If you have never canned before pick up Ball’s canning book (that’s how I learned) and start with recipes that call for water bathing such as jellies, tomatoes, pickles, etc. They are easy to master. Then when you’re comfortable you can move on to pressure canning! For the Cherry Jam, I used the Cherry Preserves recipe of Ball’s and added a few tablespoons of my homemade bourbon vanilla.
I am always looking for new label designs and really like the way brown paper looks but it is expensive to buy. So, I asked for paper bags the last few times I was at the grocery store and used them. Here’s the steps, it’s very easy.
• Take apart the brown paper bag, I didn’t worry about the wrinkles
• Cut it out and use just like normal copy paper
• You might want to adjust your printer settings to a thicker paper setting such as photo paper
• I set the color settings to Vivid, it helps the colors to be a bit brighter since the paper is dark
• Cut out the label and trim it so the ends overlap just a bit when wrapped around the jar. Dab just a bit of glue (I used an Elmer’s glue stick) in the middle of the back of the label to stick it to the jar then glue the ends together.
Here are the labels that I made. Feel free to use and happy canning.