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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves

Cranberry harvests are happening now! Soon the garnet-colored berries will be in the markets, and when they arrive do pick up a bag or three so you can make these delicious Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves.

 Winter jam making has its own rewards. The kitchen is not already hot from the summer heat. The overall sense of hurry hurry hurry, there is more to do, is absent. And this recipe actually calls for frozen and thawed blackberries along with their juices. This means no berry picking to fit into your day...

Cranberries have a high pectin content, naturally. So no packages or packets of pectin are needed. Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves have four simple ingredients that come together for a uniquely delicious flavor. and a jar of this tucked into a gift basket will give you a new best friend for life!

This recipe has the option to test your cooked preserves for the desired consistency. It is simple to do, but you must remember to place the plate or small bowl (glass or pottery) in the freezer before you start the jam. I do recommend that you take a moment to complete this step. One time when I made this delicious batch, I did not complete the test. And while my jars were delicious (and I assure you I ate every one!) my finished product was a bit loose...

Ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • blackberries

  • cranberries

  • pink grapefruit

  • sugar

You will also need the following:

  • large stockpot

  • stirring spoon

  • ladle

  • canning funnel

  • measuring cups and spoons

  • jars, lids, and rings

  • water bath canner

Now we are ready to begin!

How to make Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves.

Blackberry, Cranberry, and Pink Grapefruit Preserves
adapted from Preserving the Harvest
makes 6 - 6oz. jars and a bit for now

6 c blackberries, thawed along with the collected juices
1 bag 12 cranberries
2 c sugar
2 medium pink or ruby grapefruit, juiced and pulp reserved

1 small glass or ceramic plate, place in freezer before you begin the jam. This will be needed for checking if your jam is cooked to your liking.

Fresh Grapefruit for Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves

Juice the grapefruits, and scrape pulp from the rinds. Remove all visible seeds.

Winter jam making is wonderful, make up a batch of Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves while cranberries are in season.

Chop the cranberries, combine all ingredients in a large stainless stockpot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer stirring frequently to prevent sticking.

When mixture begins to thicken, adjust heat if needed, stirring constantly until the mixture is cooked and thick.

The total cooking time will be 20 - 25 minutes.  

This is a natural pectin recipe and you will need to adjust cooking time accordingly. 

If you wish to check for a "thick jam" consistency, remove the plate from the freezer, add a small teaspoon of jam onto the plate to cool. Check for texture. then proceed with jarring, capping, and the water bath for long term storage.

Uniquely delicious, Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves

When the jam is cooked, place into hot jars, cap by hand, and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. 

Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves make a perfect gift for friends!

Remove from the water bath canner and cool.  I prefer to store sealed jars without the rings, but please store as you prefer. 

Recipe featured at: 
Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves featured at Little Frugal Homestead.

Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household featured at Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop.

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  1. I love making preserves. I usually make small batches and then freeze them.

    1. This is quite delicious, but I have never frozen it. Because it contains no added pectin, it might be a bit soft when thawed...

  2. This sounds fascinating to me. My family never "canned" or made things that could be preserved so I am a little fearful of poisoning us. I love the flavors of grapefruit and cranberry. I can only imagine how wonderful it tastes.

    1. Making and canning jam are safe and relatively easy. This jam in particular is high in acid content, so very safe and shelf stable with only a few minutes in the canner, or freeze if desired. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

  3. Thanks for sharing with us at Farm Fresh Tuesdays Blog Hop! Your preserves are one of my features at this week's hop - see you there!
    Melissa | Little Frugal Homestead

    1. Thank you for the feature of Blackberry Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit Preserves!

  4. Something sounds so appealing about home made jams!

    1. I agree! One of my favorite things I put up each year to stock my root cellar.

  5. Oh man what a wonderful burst of flavor!! Thanks for sharing at the what's for dinner party. I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

    1. This recipe is just that, a wonderful burst of flavor! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. Enjoy your week ahead.


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