It’s black raspberry season! We picked a lot of berries to preserve and of course enjoy now! This is one of my favorite berries. We pick wild black raspberries that are grown along the fields.
The first night after picking black raspberries, I made a yellow cake and added some of the berries, which was absolutely delicious. Zach was also eating them in a bowl with milk and sugar.
To preserve the harvest we froze some of the berries to be able to make other goodies down the road and enjoy the berries through winter.
We also made jam with the berries!
We first measured out the amount of berries we needed, then I got to work on crushing the berries down. Crushing berries is almost like going to the gym, because even though they are soft and crush easily, there is a lot of them, so you will definitely feel it in your arms.
Once they were crushed to a consistency that we liked, we began to boil them with some butter and sure jell. Then we added the sugar and let it boil some more.
Once the jam was done and we skimmed the foam off the top, we began filling our jars and putting the lids on them. Then we put the jars in the water canner for 10 minutes at a boil to seal up. When the jars were sitting on the counter we heard them popping away, which is a sure sign that they sealed.
We are very happy to already have some canning done for the year. I hope to have a lot more canned this year than I did last year, and my mom also is canning a lot with me.
We also made some black raspberry rustic pies. We made the dough for a pie and the pie filling just as we would a regular pie. Then we put the round pie dough right onto a cookie sheet, put the pie filling in the middle and then folded the dough up around the berries. We brushed the crust with milk and sprinkled it with sugar before baking them off.
What is some of your favorite things to make with black raspberries?
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