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The blackberries seem plentiful and quite early this year, so I thought it was time to dig out the jam jars and put my own little bit of autumn in a jar.  This recipe is tried and tested and easy to do.  You will get around 3 jars of juicy jam at the end, so thats enough for you plus a present for someone dear if you’re feeling generous.

Ingredients
•500g blackberries
•500g jam sugar
•Juice of half a lemon

Method

•Chill a saucer or plate
•Wash all the blackberries and allow to drain
•Put the sugar, lemon juice and blackberries into a large saucepan and stir round a couple of times
•Dissolve the sugar over a low heat
•Bring to the boil and boil gently until the jam reaches setting point
•To test for this recipe, take a teaspoon of jam and place it on the chilled saucer. Leave for a minute and then push it with a teaspoon. If it creases on the surface its ready
•Cool the jam a little before putting into jars.
•Ideally the jars should be warm when the jam is added.
•Seal tightly and look forward to enjoying through the winter months

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