Mulberry Jam Recipe

Mulberry Jam Recipe Recipe

Mulberries look similar to blackberries, but they taste totally different. They are a combination of sweet, tart and peppery flavors.  They are native to India, Pakistan and Iran.  I believe the leaves are used to cultivate silkworms.

Lulu's dad, who is from India, loves mulberries.  I think they remind him of his childhood.  We always catch him red-handed when he sneaks out to the garden to pick mulberries. Mulberries are very difficult to pick without their leaking a little bit of juice. His white shirt and hands get stained with the juice of the berries and he comes back to the house with a grin on his face.

The darker they are, the better they taste. Daddy gathered a bunch of the fruit but the girls ate a lot of them and left me about a quart. No ripe mulberries were left on the tree. But what was left was more than enough to make some jam for breakfast. I made the jam so that we could enjoy mulberries during the fall and winter, but I have a feeling they won't make it that far!

Mulberry jam recipe

Ingredients

Yields: 8 cups

4 cups fresh mulberries
5 cups granulated sugar
1 (3-ounce) pouch liquid pectin
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Directions

Place the mulberries and sugar in a pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 10-15 minutes. The content should be syrupy. Add pectin. Bring the mixture back to a boil for about 1 minute. Stir continuously. Remove from the stove. Add the vanilla extract. Set aside.

Fill a large pot of water and bring to just under a boil. Place the Mason jars, lid, heat-proof funnel and tongs in the pot and let it boil for 10 minutes. Be sure to read the instructions that come with your Mason jars. They'll give you exact time and techniques.

If necessary, skim any foam that develops on the top of the jam before pouring into the jars.

Remove the jars from the water and fill with mulberry jam, leaving about 1/4-inch of head space or whatever your canning directions say. Carefully place the lid on the jar. Tighten the collar around each jar. Bring your large pot of water to a boil and place all the sealed jars in it for 10 minutes.

Remove the jars from the water. If the top of the lid still pops, the vacuum didn't form and you'll need to consume the jam in the next couple of weeks, storing it in the refrigerator. Otherwise you can store it in your pantry for up to a year.

Enjoy!


Tips

To insure good sterilization of the product, I stack a dozen magnets together to create a stick and use it as a gripper to place the lids on the jars without touching them. Just make sure the magnets are clean!

When you bring the jam back to a rolling boil for the second time, your candy thermometer should read 220°F.

Another test to see if the jam is done is to place a drop it on a cold plate. After it cools down (2 minutes), if you tilt the plate and it stays in place, it's time to put into the jars.

The jam will taste better if you let the sealed jar sit for at least a week before opening.

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on August 13, 2009.


Comments

Discussion:
[-] Mulberry Jam Recipe - Guest-Trisha984
Oh wow mulberry jam! I have yet to tackle making cherry jams but this just sounds poshier and more exciting! And I didn't know they were native to India, Pakistan and Iran! I would've thought the berries were of eastern European descent... ahhh you learn something new everyday!

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[ Posted at 9:03 AM on 8/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] Mulberry Jam Recipe - Guest-Jeff
Nice write up on canning. I bought this magnet on a stick for a couple bucks that has been valuable for doing that. I am also a safety nazi when canning. Although I have noticed many new dish washers come with a sanitize cycle for canning so I may have to upgarde.

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[ Posted at 10:05 AM on 8/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] Mulberry Jam Recipe - Guest-Teanna
I am DYING to try mulberries but I have never ever seen them in a store! I need to find them!

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[ Posted at 11:18 AM on 8/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] It's gonna be hard - Guest-Melissa
As Jackie said, they are messy to pick, which is why you don't see industrial-agro mulberry orchards. Machines can't do it, and it's too labor intensive to get humans to do it. You'll have to make friends with somone who has a tree!
[ Posted at 4:14 PM on 8/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] Mulberry Jam Recipe - Guest-Connie
I was wondering why I'd never seen them in the store!! I now have two mulberry trees myself, so I get to have all I can eat! And yes, it took me about 2 hours to get 6 cups of mulberries!!
[ Posted at 5:56 AM on 5/21/10 | Reply ]
[-] mulberry - Guest-Sara940
The jam sounds delicious.

Mulberries make me think of Mulberry Street in a book I read as a child.I don't think I've ever seen a mulberry in person...

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[ Posted at 1:54 PM on 8/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] Mulberry Jam Recipe - Guest-noraffr
thanx for the recipe!! i shud try this jam. have got some mulberries in my fridge :)

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[ Posted at 3:30 PM on 8/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] memories - Guest-denisechezdanisse
This post brings back such memories. When I was a little girl, our neighbor had a mulberry tree, and she let us pick berries. My mom made jam...

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[ Posted at 4:10 PM on 8/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] Miss - Guest-betty159
Hey Jackie!! We share the same last name :):)

Thank you so much for dropping by my site, i appreciate your comment! & It's GREAT to know that people are commenting from the other side of the world hehe

i'd like to keep in contact with you?? maybe via email?

I adore your photography, and the fact that you share so many cultures in your family its wonderful to have so many in one family. i am a HUGE fan of indian food as well, i work with indians so everyday they bring in home cooked indian food (and share it with me! hehe)

hope to hear from you soon


Betty

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[ Posted at 6:43 PM on 8/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] Amanda's Cookin - Guest-AmandaFormaro
Oh yum looks fabulous!

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[ Posted at 7:30 PM on 8/13/09 | Reply ]
[-] Mulberry Jam Recipe - Guest-Forager
Oh I have such fond memories of mulberries as a kid - we used to climb the tree and eat as we picked. What we collected my mother would make into mulberry pies. Jam sounds just as delicious and sure to please kids!

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[ Posted at 7:35 AM on 8/14/09 | Reply ]
[-] Mulberry Jam Recipe - Guest-Veron
I have yet to try mulberry jam but from the sounds of it, I would love it!

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[ Posted at 8:02 AM on 8/14/09 | Reply ]
[-] Lucky Duck! - Guest-JessicaFoodmayhem
You have a mulberry tree? I have got to see your garden! Even if I get more space, I may no ever be able to grow lots of stuff because of the weather in NY so I'll just have to keep on gazing on at your pictures.

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[ Posted at 10:01 AM on 8/14/09 | Reply ]
[-] Mulberry Jam Recipe - Guest-gaga
I've never had a mulberry before and didn't even know what they look like. Thanks for sharing.

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[ Posted at 1:46 PM on 8/14/09 | Reply ]
[-] AWESOME! - Guest-Connie
I tried this recipe last night and it turned out wonderful!! I got six 1/2 pint jars of jam and it tastes amazing. I have two mulberry trees and your recipe was the simplest I'd found yet. Do you have any suggestions for a lower sugar version?
[ Posted at 5:54 AM on 5/21/10 | Reply ]
[-] mulberries - Guest-Timeflies
I live in the country and we have lots of volunteer mulberry trees, thanks to the birds. We use an old bed sheet and get the grandkids to help hold a corner of it under the tree and hubby shakes the branches and the mulberries fall into the sheet. I have gallons of mulberries in just a few minutes. We make jam and pie and cobbler with them. I freeze some in zip lock bags too.
[ Posted at 10:41 PM on 6/23/10 | Reply ]
[-] Mulberry Jam Recipe - Guest-espressonut
After looking at a good number of mulberry recipes, this is the one I chose! The mulberry tree in the yard is huge and was just laden with bushel baskets full of dark, ripe mulberries I gathered by shaking the true onto bed sheet.

This is my second summer living in rural Wisconsin and I am discovering all sorts of interesting fruit and vegetables. I've never eaten a mulberry or a gooseberry or planted a single plant. But the man I'm dating was raised on a Wisconsin farm and now lives on a hobby farm and has opened up a whole new world to me. I suddenly have two large pea patches at my condo and my 175 strawberry plants and eight rhubarb plants off my deck. Yesterday I made two gooseberry and cherry meringue pies (my creation) now mulberry jam!!

Life is good!! :D
[ Posted at 8:13 PM on 7/3/13 | Reply ]

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