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Blackberry Syrup {+Canning Instructions}

Made with fresh summer berries, you’re going to love this delicious Blackberry Syrup. This is a delightful homemade treat for pancakes, waffles, baked goods, drinks, and more. You can freeze or can this easy blackberry syrup recipe.

jars of blackberry syrup and a basket of blackberries on a white board

Blackberries are the dandelions of Washington.  They grow wild everywhere and are free for the picking. When you want to savor that delicious taste longer than the short season lasts, homemade blackberry syrup is the way to go!

Let me teach you how to make this incredibly fresh syrup. You can keep it in the fridge, freeze some for later, or even can it. You’ve got options. Go get some berries and let’s do this.

Homemade syrup is great for using on whole wheat pancakes, incorporating into Mojito Mocktails or a Peach Mule Mocktail, or drizzled over cold start Instant Pot yogurt.

HOW DO YOU MAKE Blackberry SYRUP FROM SCRATCH?

I’ll walk you through it in photos, but you’ll find a printable and detailed recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Rinse the berries and add them to a heavy-bottomed pan (I use my cast iron dutch oven). Now we’re going to cook them down over medium heat and gently mush them as they heat up.

Once the berries are hot and steaming, use an immersion blender to puree everything. If you don’t have an immersion blender, no worries. You can use a blender; just make sure you remove the middle part of the lid to allow the steam to escape and blend in batches. 

Now, you’ll place a fine-mesh strainer over a clean bowl and pour the berries into the strainer. You may need to “push” the sauce through with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon to get every last drop. Then add the filtered sauce back to the pan, add the sugar and (optional) lemon juice, and bring to a gentle boil for 5-10 minutes or until reduced by one-third. Cool and store!

5 photos showing step by step how to make blackberry syrup

But maybe you want to can it too? No problem! You’ll find canning instructions in the printable recipe card below. And here is what that process looks like.

6 step by step photos showing how to can blackberry pancake syrup

And if you have a plethora of leftover blackberries, try your hand at Blackberry Freezer Jam or making Homemade Gluten-Free Blackberry Crisp

Canning Blackberry Syrup Equipment List

Check out this in-depth post for a complete list of canning supplies.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • You can use frozen blackberries (related: How to Freeze Blackberries). Let them heat up in the pot with a splash of water. You’ll need to cook everything a bit longer to reduce the liquid as they defrost.
  • When you are reducing the syrup by cooking it down, it may seem too liquidy and you may be tempted to add more sugar. Allow it to cook for at least 5 minutes and taste it before adding more sugar. The syrup will thicken as it cools.
  • If you don’t have enough jars to fill the canner, consider Canning Water in a few jars to stock your emergency drinking water supplies.
  • Blackberries have a lot of natural pectin. If you cook this syrup too long at too high of a heat, you’re going to end up with blackberry jelly (if deseeded) or blackberry jam (if you left the seeds in). It’s still safe to can, but you will need to heat it prior to using to allow it to be pourable.

a small jar of blackberry pancake with a lemon and mint on a white board

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Blackberry Syrup {Canning Blackberry Syrup}

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Canning Time10 mins
Total Time50 mins
Made with fresh summer berries, you’re going to love this delicious Blackberry Syrup.

Ingredients

  • 12 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice {optional}

Instructions

  • Combine 1/4 cup water and berries in a heavy-bottomed pot. Cook down over medium heat until the berries are very soft and steaming.
  • When hot, use an immersion blender in the pot to blend the berries.
  • Ladle hot berry sauce into a metal sieve placed over a bowl.
  • Use a spatula to work the sauce around until all that is left in the sieve is the seeds. Return the now seedless sauce to the cooking pot.
  • Mix sugar into the sauce, cook on medium-high, stirring often until the syrup has reduced by 1/3 (about 5-10 minutes).
  • If you're not canning the syrup, simply transfer it to small containers. Refrigerate and use within a month, or freeze for six months.

How to Can Blackberry Syrup

  • Prepare your water bath canner by filling it with water. You just need to have enough water to cover the jars by 2 inches once the water is boiling.
  • Set the canner on the stove. Turn the burner to high.
  • Wash and sanitize your jars. You’ll want to keep them warm to avoid having them crack when placed in the canner. You can fill them with hot water, or place them on a tray in the oven at 170 degrees F.
  • Wash your lids and set aside in a clean bowl.
  • Ladle in the warm syrup into jars, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Remove any bubbles from the jar (I use a chopstick).
  • Use a wet clean rag and wipe the rim of the jars to make sure it is free of any food.
  • Place a clean lid on the jar. Add a ring, and tighten to fingertip tight.
  • Using canning tongs, place jars in the boiling water. Put the lid on the canner, and once the water is back to a rolling boil, process for 10 minutes.
  • When the 10 minutes is up, remove the canner from the heat, and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Using the canning tongs, remove the jars and place them on a thick towel in a place where they won't be disturbed for 12 hours.
  • After 12 hours, check the seal on the jars by pressing down in the center of the lid. If there is any give, either refrigerate and use those jars in the next month or reprocess.
  • Store in a cool dark place for 9-12 months.

Notes

Recipes makes five 8oz jam jars.
If you don't have an immersion blender, carefully transfer in batches to a regular blender. Leave the center component of the lid off to allow the steam to escape.
You can leave the seeds in if you'd like.
Nutrition Facts
Blackberry Syrup {Canning Blackberry Syrup}
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 50
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 8.1mg10%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe was originally published in September 2017. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added.

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17 comments on “Blackberry Syrup {+Canning Instructions}”

  1. I quartered this recipe and it is so good! The blackberry really shines through. Thank you 🙂