June 27, 2010

Steam Juicer and Blackberry Jelly

The steam juicer has been the hot topic over on the forums at Chickens in the Road and a post by Dede ~ wvhomecanner on the Farm Bell Blog convinced me that I had to have one. I picked blackberries yesterday morning. Our wild blackberries are doing great this year. These are an inch long and so sweet.
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I washed them and put them in my new steam juicer pictured below. Please ignore all those Friendship bread starter bags in the background.
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I LOVE this steam juicer. It has simplified my life. If only I had had it last month for my cherries! You can find the one I bought here.
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Water goes in the bottom, your fruit in the top and the juice is drained into the middle section and out the tube into a waiting jar. Awesome little invention! It took a few hours to extract the juice but extract the juice it did! From 2 and a half quarts of blackberries, I got almost 2 quarts of juice! Seedless, wonderful juice without the mess of a jelly bag and dripping and crushing....just beautiful juice pouring from the tube into a half gallon jar.
You can can this juice for use later or you can make jelly. I made jelly using this recipe!
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Blackberry Jelly
3 3/4 cups juice
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 box pectin
1/2 tsp. butter or margarine (optional)

Extract juice from blackberries. Bring 3 3/4 cups juice and 1 box pectin to full rolling boil. You can add 1/2 tsp butter or margarine to prevent foaming. Stir in 4 1/2 cups sugar. Return to full rolling boil. Stir for exactly one minute. Remove from heat. Skim foam if any. Ladle into prepared jars. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with and adjust lids and bands. Process in boiling water bath for 5 minutes.
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We've already opened a jar and ate it with some sour dough bread and butter! Delicious!

12 comments:

Rose said...

Ooh! Those blackberries looked good enough to eat just as they were! But the jelly sounds yummy too!!

Julie Harward said...

That looks just wonderful! I don't know if you saw it , but I featured your cook book on my post. Blogger has been eating a few of my comments so I didn't know if you had seen it :D

Jennifer said...

Yum Yum... I've never made blackberry jelly, I just make jam. Pretty Cool!

KentuckyFarmGirl said...

Thank you so much Julie!

Jennifer, I like the jelly much better. I don't like the seeds.

Nancy M. said...

Those blackberries look delicious!

Sammy said...

Looks wondeful!

Janet, said...

You know, my son bought me one of those for Christmas. I haven't used it yet. Our blackberries aren't ripe yet, I like blackberry jam the best. I'm glad to hear that you like the juicer, I'll have to give mine a try soon.

KentuckyFarmGirl said...

I think you will love it Janet. I have more blackberries steaming in mine right now.

thedomesticfringe said...

Looks wonderful!

prolix said...

always start your juice feast with the fruit only juices first..... then move onto the veg juices as the day goes on. Even though the fruit is liquidized, it still needs to be consumed on a relatively empty stomach or fermentation occurs creating bloating and gas.Juicers

Sandy said...

This was both the easiest and best jelly I ever made!

BizzyLizzy said...

Hi! Just saw this post. Love it. I hate blackberry seeds (it a health problem). Have been looking for a seedless version of jam, think I'll do jelly instead. This looks awesome, however, how many jars does it make? I read and re-read and can't find that info anywhere. Thanks. Victoria

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