I have always wanted to try canning. I even asked for canning "supplies" for last christmas/hanukkah/festivus. I've never been 'brave' enough to start --- but I promise it's not so scary once you do it.
My sweet sweet father-in-law was on a day trip along the Natchez Trace a couple of weeks ago and came across some lovely blackberries. Lucky for me he picked me up about 8 quarts.
Being new to canning I thought I'd need the whole amount - Oh, how wrong could I be!!?! Turns out with only 4 quarts, I made 12 half pint jars and 8 pints. We've done so much with it that I hope we have enough for the winter -- my dad put it on vanilla ice cream with fresh pineapple the other day. Divine.
I neglected to take any pictures of the process - but I wanted to share the recipe I used. This is one I found on one of my fave blogs, Food In Jars. Besides, her pics are amazing and I couldn't do it any better.
I've found another blackberry recipe with maple and bourbon....to be tried, shortly.