In case you follow us on instagram, you might have noticed that we have been picking blueberries with Ilona from nofastfoodtoday. It was quite great, I can tell you. Lars and I just wanted to pick about 1 Kg of blueberries and ended up with 2.5 kg of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Yeah and Ilona and her boyfriend had their own fruits. Oh my 😀 later that evening we had some prosecco with red berries and I can tell you it is a dream came true. You might have noticed by now that it’s not Lars, who is writing this article even though he likes the prosecco with berries as well. He just leaves the as I call them ‘drunken berries’ for me. That’s ok. I can live with that.
Back to berries. At first I thought well, what shall we do with 2.5 Kg of berries. Well, I say it like this: they only lasted about 5 days 😀 I made some jam as you can read in this post. But most of them we ate raw or with yoghurt or on top of pancakes. We had some smoothies as well and yeah, I had my “big” godchild over. He just turned 2 Tuesday so he ate up all the rest. He just loves fruits and he just stopped because there were none left to eat.
We were quite surprised by the raspberries. The you can buy here are not that great and pretty sour usually, so it surprised us to see how they taste when they are freshly picked. They were so great, it remembered us of the taste of aroma because it was so intense. Sadly, we just discovered the farm now and their time is up now 🙁 but I am pretty sure that next year we will be there more often.
My actual purpose was to share my recipe for the jams. And because we had so many berries we decided to make 2 jams 😉 Both are quite easy and tasty but I gotta say that the red berries one always seems to disappear from our fridge and I am beginning to suspect Lars…The only other options would be either creepy as hell or impossible. (like, as if mosquitos would eat jam:D )
It should be enough for 4 jars. Best thing is to sterilize the jars in advance for 10 minutes in the oven at 150°C (300°F) and put the lids in boiling water for about 5 minutes. It just expands the the longevity of your jam.
The preparations are as simple as it can get:
Put everything in a pot, stir it and boil it while stirring from time to time. Puree it as fine as you like and fill it in the jar, turn them upside down to cool and that’s it.
This one is as simple as the one before, just do exactly what you did in the first recipe. It is always boiling, stirring, puréeing, and filling it up in jars.
It is so easy so why not make your jam yourself next time? I always tend to use the 3:1 jam sugar so you get more fruit. The more fruit the better;)
We did some other stuff with the berries as well so if you have too many, maybe you get some inspiration here.
enjoy it, Jana 🙂