Wanting something low in sugar and pectin-free, I came up with this simple preserves recipe. After tasting a few teas and jams recently that were made with douglas fir tips, I decided to add some to my recipe. Earlier this spring, I snipped some douglas fir tips from the trees on our property. I dried them, ground them in a spice grinder and added them to my blackberry preserves, it's delicious! The fir tips add a sweet, woodsy taste that pairs really well with the blackberries. It tastes like a walk in the forest!
Wild Blackberry Preserves
6 cups fresh blackberries
1 1/2 cups evaporated cane juice
1 1/2 cups raw honey
4 tablespoons powdered douglas fir tips (more can be added, or it can be omitted altogether)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a heavy-bottom pot and slowly start to bring to a simmer. On medium heat, simmer the preserves until your desired consistency is reached, I cook mine for about 40 minutes when the consistency is slightly thinner than pudding. I don't mash the berries, I try to keep them as whole and juicy as possible. Once your desired thickness is reached, let the pot rest a few minutes before pouring into prepared jars. Follow basic water bath canning directions to safely process the preserves.