thank you for your replies
has anyone tried blackberry jam in the microwave?
I might experiment - I take it the amounts will be same as plums.
Also - has anyone tried making wine with the plums - I did years ago and it was a disaster(as was my rhubarb) - scummy, bitter and ended up down the drain.
I've made blackberry and elderberry which turned out like a good port!
I need to check out some bushes when time and energy permit, on the perimeter of our farm that might be sloes. They've never blossomed before till this year - must be the harsh winter.
Welcome Poisondwarf. I am sure I have made blackberry jam in the microwave, as that is how I made all my jams and I used to go blackberry picking when I lived in the UK. Hopefully next year we may have more than four berries as we have a new bush . Anyway I made it with the traditional 1lb fruit or 1lb juice to 1lb sugar. I think I would be tempted to use the same even now, even though I often reduce sugar amounts, as I seem to think blackberry doesn't set well and I don't like using the sugar with pectin as it is too expensive.
I would use the juice of a couple of lemons as well as the pound of sugar to pound of fruit as this should solve the pectin problem;it will also stop it tasting too sweet,brightening the flavour of the blackberries.
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