Blackberries are widely known for its overflowing amount of antioxidants. It is an edible fruit of the rosacea family. Just like other berries, blackberries are often eaten out of hand or added to baked goods, desserts, salads, dishes, or blended into smoothies.
Blackberries are a rich source of antioxidants that helps combats damaging free radicals in the body. It also contains potassium, an electrolyte that maintains your body’s acid balance; promote proper heart functioning, and aids in building muscles and protein. Blackberry recipes are rich in folate that is necessary for brain function, mental and emotional health.
How to make blackberry juice concentrate
Step #1: Place the blackberries in a saucepan and add water, adequate enough to make the berries float in the pan.
Step #2: Turn the heat on to medium and cook the berries until they reach a gentle boil. Stir the berries occasionally and mash it while still on the saucepan.
Step #3: Take few more minutes to bring the blackberries back to a gentle boil.
Step #4: Let it cool for a few minutes while preparing to express the juice.
Step #5: Prepare a colander and top it with several layer of cheesecloth. Put the colander over a bowl to hold the juice.
Step #6: Pour the mashed blackberries into the colander and let the juice drain through the cheesecloth.
Step #7: Allow the berries to cool. Once cool enough to handle, twist the bag closed and squeezed out the excess juice.
Step #8: Toss your favorite sweetener such as brown sugar or honey and stir well until completely dissolved.
Preserving the blackberry juice concentrate
Step #1: After stirring your favorite sweetener, allow the blackberry juice concentrate to cool to room temperature.
Step #2: Pour the concentrate into ice trays and put it inside the freezer.
Step #3: Let it sit on the freezer for about 6 hours to allow the concentrate to freeze solid in the trays.
Step #4: Transfer the blackberry juice cubes to a freezer bag. Squeeze out excess air and seal the bag. You have the option to place the bag inside a plastic freezer storage container to further preserve its freshness.
Step #5: You can write down the expiration date (estimated 8 months after storage date) on the bags.
Canning the blackberry juice concentrate
Step #1: Pour the concentrate on a clean, sterilized jar.
Step #2: Seal the jar with a metal band.
Step #3: Place the jar into a hot water bath canner, with water level just below the metal bands. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes in the hot water bath.
Step #4: Take out the jars and let it cool. The button on the lid is sucked down as the juice cools. This makes a vacuum seal. You can place the jar at room temperature until ready to use.
These sweet and delicate fruit contains antioxidant and essential nutrients that is required for a normal body functioning. Making a homemade blackberry juice concentrate is surely worth the time and effort. Forget about the processed blackberry concentrate sold at various supermarkets, which often contains artificial sweeteners and other additives.
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