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Canning, Freezing and Drying: Chocolate Raspberry Jam

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Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

August 17, 2011
7:42 AM

Post #8761153

Having a bumper crop of berries this year, I searched online for new ideas and found this one.

To your regular berry jam recipe, add 1 bar of gourmet chocolate to the berries when cooking down. I used Ghiriadelli 86% cocoa, low sugar pectin, 5 C sugar, 6 C crushed berries, and a dash of vanilla.

Very subtle chocolate undertone to the berries, and a bit darker than the usual jewel tone of raspberry jam. Delicious, and will make good holiday gifts.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 17, 2011
7:49 AM

Post #8761158

You're kidding, right? Holiday gifts? How about spread on toast tomorrow morning?
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

August 17, 2011
8:10 AM

Post #8761185

Oh, we've been eating it up as fast as I put it up -- but squirreling some away for the bleak winter months. And, still have a couple gallons of berries in the freezer yet to process. Meanwhile, raspberry vinegar and liquer are both soaking in gallon jars. Berry good year for me.
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 17, 2011
8:21 AM

Post #8761200

Can you still just water bath the jam or do you have to use a pressure cooker?
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

August 17, 2011
9:08 AM

Post #8761253

Water bath 10 minutes unless you plan to eat it right away, then you can just put the lids on and let them seal. I don't usually process jams as the only 'danger' I am aware of is mold, which is easily detected. Adding in the chocolate, though, was a bit of a wild card for me so I've kept these refrigerated and plan to water bath batches for winter use.

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