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I absolutely love my baking stone (I have a square pizza stone similar to this one because it is more versatile than a round one.) I use it all the time and for pretty much everything I put in the oven. ( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .) Which I learned is a mistake. The food I bake on my pizza stone is starting to taste weird. The stone smells and smokes when I put it in a hot oven. Why? Because baking and pizza stones are porous. That’s how they do their job of creating perfectly baked bread and pizza crusts. But the porous stone can also absorb and trap the fats and oils in the food baked on top of it. Over time, the oil heats and releases into the lovely seasoning you created by baking on the stone and makes your pizza or bread taste awful and/or fill your kitchen with eye watering smoke. Bleach! In other words, I should have used a metal baking sheet to make oven baked French fries and not my baking stone. Oops. Save this tutorial to

Making Blackberry Jam without Pectin

Husband and I picked a big bowl full of wild black berries on the in-laws farm. We brought our sweet treasures home and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. I wanted to turn them into blackberry freezer jam.

Mother in law taught me how to make freezer jam when I was just a girlfriend. It’s easy to do and I don’t have to worry about my fear of canning because you pop the jelly into the freezer instead of a water bath when you are done. Easy!


I already had a bunch of new jelly jars, rings, and lids left behind from an old roommate so the expense was minimal. I had plenty of sugar on hand too.


I decided to make my freezer jam without pectin. I’d like to go on about how I don’t want extra additives in my food (which I actually try to avoid as much as possible) but the reality was that I spent an hour in Kroger looking for pectin and they didn’t have any. I since Chef Druck made jam without pectin and Food in Jars has an amazing blackberry jam recipe I figured I’d combine the two and give it a go.

I got four and a half jars of jelly from one bowl of blackberries. It is a little sweet for my taste, but as first efforts go, Husband declared it a win!

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Comments

Ginger said…
Mmmm! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!
Unknown said…
I love blackberries! Thanks for sharing this great jam recipe with us at Anything Related!
{Rebekah}
good2Bqueen said…
I'm a little late to this party, but am looking for a recipe for freezer jam that does not require pectin. Would you mind sharing the recipe you came up with?
Anonymous said…
Is pectin really "an extra additive"? I thought it occurred naturally in many fruits.