Home Made Blackberry Jam/Jelly

In last weeks blog post I shared with you 15 FREE Summer Holiday Activities For Your Kids.
This week I actually followed my own advice and used this list as a reference to plan activities for my kids. One of the things we did was picking berries in the forest. there where a lot of berries growing there, but a lot of them weren't ripe. So we didn't pick a lot but still,
enough to make some jam/jelly out of them!

My kids are 6 and 4 years old and they both enjoyed picking the berries for themselves. They where so proud every time they found a big one! And every now and again they would taste if the berries still tasted good ;) We had so much fun. The first time I was kind of skeptical and wasn't sure if they'd enjoy picking berries in the forest. But I'm glad I gave it a go because now they ask us if the green berries are already black so we can go pick them. 

After we went home we all rested a bit and then went ahead and made the jam together. I couldn't believe how easy it was to make the jam. We washed the berries well, put them in a small pot to heat them up. Added some sugar (to taste) and some lemon juice. I didn't have any pectin in the house so I just used a tiny bit of agar agar. For those of you that aren't familiar with agar agar, it's a gelatinous substance, obtained from algae, so it's vegetarian as well. It's discovered in Japan, where it is called Kanten. To be completely honest using pectin makes a better jam, but since I didn't have any, and the kids reaaaaally wanted to make the jam that evening, I went ahead and used the agar agar. 

I think it's very important for kids to learn that food doesn't magically appear in boxes in the supermarkets. I'm a firm believer of making kids aware of the fact that fruits and veggies grow in nature, milk comes from a cow etc.  This way they experience all the wonderful things nature has to offer. And hopefully, appreciate nature more.

We all had some home made blackberry jam on a cracker a soon as it cooled off. The kids loved it and where very proud that they hand-picked the berries AND made their own jam. I would definitely say that day was a success.

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