Maya and her friends were Beatles fanatics starting in middle school and referred to themselves for a time as “The Grean Apples” and later just “the Gaggle.” We gave the girls pretty much carte blanche to cook in our kitchen. One day they got a wild hair to make Mulberry Jam, after picking a bucket of mulberries from Elmwood Park. Each girl got to take a couple of jars home and they had a blast making it.
3 lbs. mulberries
1/2 cup lemon juice
7 cups sugar
1 pkg liquid pectin
Wash berries. Put into a large pot and mash gently. Heat on low heat for 15 minutes, covered. Add sugar and lemon juice, and bring to the boil. Stir in the pectin, and keep at a boil for one minute, stirring constantly.
Pour into prepared jars and seal. (I think we had just run the jars through a hot dishwasher, but I can’t remember if we sterilized them.) We just kept it in the refrigerator and they were gone fast anyway.