This past Saturday my good friend let me and my son Thomas visit her pasture where her wild blackberries grow and pick til our little fingers gave out. These bushes were loaded with wild blackberries. If you have ever picked wild blackberries then you know they aren't very big. It was hot and I clearly didn't dress appropriately as my arms and legs were shredded on the thorns and my sunburned face and bloody fingers well, let's just say it was totally worth the 100+ degree Oklahoma day. All this so just so I could copy the Blackberry Jalapeno Jelly recipe my husband tried in Fredericksburg, TX.
If you haven't ever visited Fredericksburg, well cute, quaint German town doesn't do it justice. They have over 20 wineries and a big festival for the Fourth. Tons of wine and delicious food, you can't get better than that.....except when adding this delicious jelly I found.
It's great over cream cheese with crackers but I am also looking forward to serving it with fish, chicken and making a blackberry vinaigrette with it. I have even seen recipes for a barbeque sauce using some.
It is super easy to make jelly or jam. If you don't make your own you really should try it. You cut your costs in half and you control how much or if any sugar goes into your product. I like to use agave nectar instead of sugar. But feel free to use whatever sweetener you like.