I Made Mulberry Jam
My whole family went mulberry picking about a week ago and we picked around three kilograms of mulberries. Two of which I used for making jam.
All our hands got covered in juice. As we started picking, my dad and I at least tried to only use one hand to pick them, but after a time it is so easy to forget and we ended up with juice all over both hands.
My brothers climbed deep into the tree to find the mulberries. We also ate a lot of them....
Ann, my littlest sister, had a lot of fun, eating and smearing mulberry everywhere. Mostly she kept it all over her face... arms and clothes.
Oh look, dirty hands.
Mosquitoes also happen to like living near mulberry trees, and they happen to like my blood more than mulberries, needless to say everyone else in my family was glad I had come. I kept all the mozzies from biting them. When we had picked well over enough berries to make some jam we went home. The day after that I made the jam.
I even succeeded in scalding my fingers while heating up the jars to put the jam in. I used 2kg of the berries, even though I only had enough setter for 1.5, that could have been a mistake..... since in the end the jam never set properly...
So I spent ages de-stalking the mulberries and since I had nothing better to do I counted how many I put in the jam. Just before I was half way through, I made a guess that there would be 600 mulberries. As it turned out I guessed very close. Also after splattering mulberry juice over my shirt as I snipped the stalk off the 200th mulberry I decided to get an apron...... kinda too late, but it did collect some later splatters.
I also ended up sitting on the bench because I could reach things easier and, well, when one is sitting, one is not standing up!
The total number of mulberries in the jam is 602. Though when I made my guess there would have been about 612.... but some got eaten as I was doing it, mostly by other people not me. Mostly by my Mum who took these photos with me in them.
2kg of sugar looks like a lot, but it all went in. As did some lemon juice and the not-enough-amount of jam setter.
I felt rather short standing there mixing the jam in that huge pot.
Finally I scooped it into jars. Most of the jam went inside the jars..... and the rest of it ran down the side or landed on my fingers. Which if you have ever made jam, will see as a painful situation. As there is no choice but to put down the ladle and the jar before being able to get the boiling hot jam off your finger.
The 2kgs of mulberries made 7 jars full of tasty jam.
And one other bad excuse of a jar full..... empty..
Have you ever made jam?
Did yours set?