Tuesday Inspiration: A foragers TI to bramble Jelly!

by Vivienne Albiston August. 21, 2012 913 views

Apparel: You need comfy waterproof wellies, nettleproof trousers and a fleece, Woolly jumpers get hung up on the prickles. `Fraid this is not a time to be wearing shorts! Wish I had longer legs or arms then this would have been in focus!!!

Added cover for your hands and arms…these work well but I think they`re steelworkers hot gear, sure you can find something.

Develop your pull and twist method for picking…gently. Pick the shiny polished black ones not the ones that have gone dull.Pick clean leave that little top bit on the plant, saves time later. Careful getting scratched blackberries have a fungus thing on em and ur scratches sometimes don`t heal well cos of it.

Appropriate bucket…not too big not toooo small. Beware going in fields with stock in em they tend to charge you cos they think you`ve come to feed em with ur lovely bucket…cept sheep they`re feared of everything! Or you could just run….Nb: Don`t pick at dog hind leg level if your picking in a city environment.

Fill your bucket 5/6 pounds in a hour is a good picking rate! Don`t worry about those little worms u sometimes see on em. Soak berries in cold slightly salted water for a while and they`ll float upwards. Add 4llbs blackberries to approx 1pint of water simmer and cook. Shove into a clean pillow slip, tie up from a convenient thingy and let drip overnight in a fly free area!( you can shove a shower cap over the bowl in the morning to stop dust and flies.

Add 1llb sugar to every 1 pint of juice. Bring to rolling boil for approx 10 mins ( can be longer) and bobs your uncle. Test for set. Drop on saucer a small amount, skin should develop. No pectin needed…take care pectin degrades in sunlight and over time so don`t let ur juice hang around toooo long.If you want to add pectin add the juice of 2 lemons but u shouldn`t need it, happy bramble jellying.

Alternatively pick very clean, don`t wash, roll in sugar and freeze individually on a tray, to drop em in ur christmas drinks…lovely

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Sadhya Rippon 7 years, 1 month ago

OMG, what a performance to pick blackberries. I have Sylvanberries growing along the fence of my allotment. They are nasty brutes with loads of thorns, but the fruit is four times the size of blackberries, incredibly prolific, and they make delicious jam. I could send you a plant or two in the Autumn if you are interested.

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Finbarr 7 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic set !!

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David Cardona 7 years, 1 month ago

Cool! Thanks a lot for sharing!

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Sherij 7 years, 1 month ago

Very Nice!

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Inawe 7 years, 1 month ago

Yum! :) Love the step by step..

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Mallusatish Reddy 7 years, 1 month ago

Amazing set,very nice~!~

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Moira 7 years, 1 month ago

mmm , delicious set.

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