It’s finally Saskatoon berry season and I couldn’t be happier! It’s one of my all time favorite summer treats. We recently went out on a berry picking trip and came home with a bounty of lovely purple berries. I now have a pantry stocked with jam to fill our Saskatoon cravings!
Saskatoon Berry Jam (regular or sugar free)
Makes 12 125 ml jars
- 9 cups of whole Saskatoon berries
- the juice and grated peel of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 cup of water
- 6 cups of granulated sugar
- 1 package of pectin
- 2 cups of splenda or sweetner of your choice
- 1 package of no sugar needed pectin
Place the berries in a large pot and crush them. Add the water, lemon juice and peel and pectin. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a full boil. Add the sugar or sweetener and bring the mixture back to a boil, again stirring constantly. Boil hard for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Ladle the jam into jars which have been washed and sterilized. Leave 1/4 inch space at the top. Put on the lids (also washed and sterilized) and screw on until fingertip tight.
Place the jars into a canner of boiling water. Make sure there is enough water that it comes up about 1 inch over the jars. Process for 10 minutes.
Remove the canner from heat and carefully remove the jars placing them on a protected surface – I use a tea towel on my counter top. After they have cooled check to make sure they all sealed. If any jars did not seal place them in the fridge and use within a couple of weeks.