if you’ve out blackberry picking in the autumn hedgerows, you’re in for a treat! You’ve probably watched them ripen from red to a deep blue colour over the past few weeks and they’re finally ready for picking. I love that we can pick up so many free if you find a good spot but supermarket blackberries are just as juicy and tasty at this time of year. Pick the plumpest, juiciest and deepest in colour and then how about a healthy ketchup alternative; a blackberry ketchup?! Rich in colour, slightly sweet yet tangy, this is a perfect accompaniment to cold meats or as zingy side relish to any meal.
This simple blackberry ketchup base is a delicious alternative to traditional tomato ketchup, with options to spice it up as you wish.
[Perfect to freeze]
To make this delicious homemade Blackberry Ketchup, you’ll need….
- 2 cups of fresh ripe blackberries
- 300ml apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
Flavour options: you can add further spice to this ketchup by adding freshly grated ginger or cinnamon and nutmeg.
Remove any stalks/leaves from the berries and wash them well. Put them in a saucepan, along with the remaining ingredients including spices if using, but not the sugar and bring to a boil.
Allow them to simmer for 20-25mins until the berries are soft.
Remove from the heat and put through a sieve to remove any seeds.
Now return to a clean pan and add the sugar. Bring to the boil again, stirring to allow the sugar to dissolve and the mixture to reduce.
Season with a little salt and pepper and pour into a sterilised jar. If unopened, this can keep for months. Otherwise, keep a batch in the fridge and use it to liven up any meal!
Do you know how easy it is to freeze fresh Blackberries?
Simply lay them out in a single layer on a large tray and pop them in the freezer. An hour or so later, scoop them up into a bowl or freezer bag and that’s a winter supply of vitamins and antioxidants sorted! So, if you’ve used up your haul already, it’s worth getting back out there and secure a few for those warming winter crumbles!