We are lucky enough to be able to lease property each summer to keep our lake cabin (trailer) on. We spend almost every weekend there enjoying the beach, the water and all of our wonderful friends and neighbors there. In the back yard of the lot which we rent is a huge mulberry tree. Every other year this tree produces a massive and beautiful crop of mulberries. Last weekend my daughter and I spent some quality time picking the mulberries and this week we processed them into a very yummy jam. Here is the process we used.
I find jam turns out best if made in small batches. So we used 4 cups of berries, 4 ½ cups of sugar and one package of Sure jell.
Be sure to prep the berries. Mulberries come of the tree with a little bit of a stem still intact. We sat down with a scissors and simply trimmed off the little “tails”. Then put the berries in a heavy bottom sauce pan and mush them up (a hand potato masher works great). I added ½ cup of sugar to liquefy the berry juice a little. Once the berries are mashed follow directions on your pectin. I used Sure jell so I added the pectin to the existing mixture and brought it to a rolling boil then added the other 4 more cups of sugar.
Now bring to a rolling boil again and keep boiling for 1 minute.
Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Remove jars and place on heat resistant serface.
Let them cool and store or better yet enjoy now!