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What wild berries the bears didn’t get to first have been lovingly picked all summer long by my dearest friend, Lynn, and her doggy pal, Lena Mae. Lynn always tries to save some for me to pick when I finally get upstate New York for a visit. Then we combine all of the berries and make a winter’s supply of jam.

I don’t much follow the USDA regulations that say all jams have to be preserved in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Nor do I use pectin. I like the pure berry taste that really stands out when you boil the berries with some sugar and lemon juice until they are thick. It does take a bit of sugar to get the mix to gel, but the lemon offsets the sweetness and highlights the berry flavor. I do make sure that my jars are sterilized and hot when I am filling them and that my caps and lids are new. I fill the boiling hot jam into the jars, cap tightly, turn upside down and let cool. When cool, I turn right side up and store in a cool spot for winter’s toast. This is the way my grandmother did it, my mother did it, and we never had a problem. So it is what I do. However, in my last preserving book, The Best Little Book of Preserves and Pickles, I tell you to follow the USDA rules – I may do it my way in my kitchen, but I know better than to mess with the government in print!

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On our last trip to the country, my best buddy Lynn and and I went berry picking.  Of course, Lena Mae, women’s best friend, had to go along, too.  The wild blackberries and raspberries are absolutely glorious and bountiful this year and Lynn had already filled the freezer with bags of them.  The blackberries are bigger than usual and the raspberries tiny, but sweet as sugar.  Lena Mae can pick them right off the bush and often finishes a pick with her head and nozzle covered in berry juice.  We picked enough to make some mixed berry jam along with a cobbler and we still have a freezer-full waiting to be turned into Wild Berry Liqueur.

 

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