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Blackberry Port Jam

Blackberry Port Jam is a low-sugar cooked jam made with Pomona’s Universal Pectin. Pomona’s Pectin contains no sugar or preservatives and jells reliably with low amounts of any sweetener.
This recipe was adapted from Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publication Canning Magazine by Mia Valcarcel, who wanted to make it with Pomona’s Universal Pectin.


From Mia: The port I used is from a local Maryland vineyard and contained overtones of chocolate and raspberry. The original recipe called for cloves, but I used cinnamon instead. I think it boosted the flavors more than cloves would have.
If more sweetener is needed, you can add an additional 1/2 cup of sugar before your jam is removed from the stove. 
Servings 4 cups


  • 2 cups mashed blackberries about 4 cups whole berries
  • teaspoons calcium water see step #1
  • 1 cup port wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice bottled
  • ½ cup sugar
  • teaspoons Pomona’s Pectin mixed with sweetener
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon optional


  • Before you begin, prepare calcium water.
    To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well.
    Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.
  • Wash jars, lids, and bands. Place jars in canner, fill canner 2/3 full with water, bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and keep jars in hot canner water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small sauce pan; cover and heat to a low boil. Turn off heat and keep lids in hot water until ready to use.
  • Measure mashed blackberries into sauce pan.
  • Add calcium water, port wine, and lemon juice, and mix well.
  • Measure sugar into a bowl. Thoroughly mix pectin powder into sugar. Set aside.
  • Bring fruit mixture to a full boil. Add pectin-sugar mixture, stirring vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes to dissolve the pectin while the jam comes back up to a boil. Once the jam returns to a full boil, remove it from the heat. Taste the mixture to see if you need to add more sugar. This will depend on how sweet or tart your blackberries are. If adding more sugar, turn the heat back on, stir well while mixture returns to a full boil, then remove from heat. Add cinnamon now if desired to help boost the flavors.
  • Fill hot jars to ¼” of top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids. Put filled jars in boiling water to cover. Boil 10 minutes (add 1 minute more for every 1,000 ft. above sea level). Remove from water. Let jars cool. Check seals; lids should be sucked down. Eat within 1 year. Lasts 3 weeks once opened.

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4 Responses

  1. Annee
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    Can I substitute caramel moonshine for the port wine in this recipe? Or any other flavor of liquor or wine? Thank you.

    • Shelby Collings
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      Hello Annee,

      Yes, the port wine should be able to be replaced by any other wine or your caramel moonshine. Happy jamming!

  2. Lisa bach
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    Where can I buy Pomona’s Pectin powder is it the same as ball. Thank you

    • Shelby Collings
      | Reply

      Hello Lisa,

      Pomona’s Pectin is not the same as Ball. Pomona’s Pectin is an all natural pectin, that is about 10x more concentrated than Ball and is not mixed with dextrose (sugar) and chemicals. You can purchase Pomona’s Pectin in natural health food stores near you, with our Store Locator, or online through our website under the “buy” tab.

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