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Blackberry Lavender Preserves

Blackberry Lavender Preserves can be made with fresh or frozen berries. Lavender is the perfect accent flavor for luscious blackberries.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Home canning is much easier than you think it is.

If you’re a canning novice, fruit preserves are a great place to start. Because jams, jellies and preserves are acidic and high in sugar they are naturally resistant to bacterial growth.

To get started you just need the proper jars, a big pot and a bounty of fresh produce.

Actually, for this recipe, you can use either fresh or frozen blackberries. I have a blackberry bush in my garden. I collect the berries as they’re ripening and save them in the freezer until I have enough for a batch of jam.

For more information about home canning I suggest you visit the Ball Canning Website.

Scroll through the process photos to see how to make Blackberry Lavender Preseves:

a bowl of blackberries and a bowl of sugar with lavender sprigs
Use fresh or frozen blackberries, sugar and lavender sprigs and blossoms
three photos of a pot of boiling blackberry preserves
1. Combine the berries, sugar and lavender in a heavy pot. 2. Crush the berries and bring to a boil. 3. Boil until it passes the “gel” test.
a photo of a funnel in a canning jar with preserves being poured. Placing a lavender blossom in a jar of blackberry preserves.
1. Pour the preserves into sterilized canning jars. 2. Place a lavender blossom in each jar.
showing how to clean a canning jar rim and how to put the jars into a water bath.
1. Use a damp paper towel to clean the rim of the jar. 2. Place in the jars in a hot water bath and process for 15 minutes.

Here are some other fabulous blackberry recipes for you to try:

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If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.

Blackberry Lavender Preserves

Blackberry Lavender Preserves

Yield: 4-5 half pints
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Processing Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Blackberry Lavender Preserves can be made with fresh or frozen berries. Floral lavender is the perfect accent flavor for luscious blackberries.

Ingredients

  • 32 oz (905g) fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 4 cups (32 oz, 905g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large sprigs fresh lavender with leaves and blossoms (or to taste)
  • 4 lavender blossoms

Instructions

    1. Bring a very large pot of water to a full boil. Sterilize your canning jars and lids by boiling in the water for 10 minutes (or with the sterilize setting on your dishwasher). Meanwhile, place a small saucer in the freezer.
    2. Use a jar lifter or tongs to remove the hot jars from the water. Line them up on a clean kitchen towel.
    3. In a heavy pot, combine the berries with the sugar. Use the back of a large spoon or a potato masher to crush the berries until they begin to release some juice. Toss the lavender sprigs in with the berries and sugar.
    4. Over medium heat, cook the berries until the sugar dissolves and the juice begins to boil. Bring the preserves to a full boil and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes.
    5. To test if the preserves are gelled, spoon a dollop of preserves onto the chilled saucer and return to the freezer for a minute to cool completely. Remove the plate from the freezer and use the tip of your finger to push against the edge of the preserves. A properly set gel will "wrinkle" as it's pushed. Turn off the heat and use a pair of tongs to remove the lavender sprigs from the pot. Discard the used lavender.
    6. Immediately ladle the hot preserves into the sterilized jars, leaving 1/4" head space. Place 1 lavender blossom on the surface of the preserves in each jar. Use a damp paper towel to wipe the rim of each jar. The rim needs to be clean for the lid to seal properly.
    7. Place the lids and screw tops on the jars. Bring the water in the big pot back to a full boil. Use the tongs or jar lifter to lower the jars into the water. Make sure there is enough water to cover the jars by at least an inch. Cover the pot and bring back to a boil. Once the water comes back to a boil start your timer.
    8. Process the jars for 15 minutes. Use the jar lifter or tongs to remove the jars from the water. Place them on a kitchen towel to cool. Do not retighten the screw tops or the lids may not seal. As the jars cool and the lids seal you should hear a little "pop". You should see the circle in the middle of the lid indented rather than popped up.
    9. Once the jars are completely cooled unscrew the tops and check that the lids are firmly sealed. If any lids don't properly seal, refrigerate and use those preserves first.

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