Ballykenver Farm’s Blackcurrant Jam Recipe


With juicy blackcurrants currently in abundance this is the perfect time for picking and creating tasty treats using these highly nutritious berries.

Blackcurrants are a delicious and versatile superfood that you can eat fresh or use in a variety of recipes, including jams, jellies, and baked goods. These berries are packed with vitamins and nutrients, which provide many health benefits. So, if you’re looking for a tasty and nutritious addition to your diet, give this tried and tested recipe for Blackcurrant Jam, a go!

You only need a few ingredients and most can be purchased from Ballykenver Farmshop & Kitchen in Armoy – run by Farm Foodie Amanda Hanna.


  • 2kg of blackcurrants
  • 1600g of jam sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons


Mix all the ingredients in your maslin jam making pan over a low heat, stirring gently. 

After 3-4mins raise the heat to high and pop your temperature probe in the pan.

As the mixture simmers, scrape any sugar from the sides back into your jam. 

When the jam comes to a rolling boil that cannot be stirred down check the temperature and cook, stirring until the temperature reaches 105 degrees C. 

The jam is ready when a small drop placed on a cold plate forms a skin and wrinkles when you push your finger through it.

Pot into prepared jars and seal immediately.

The Farm Foodies

Our members celebrate the extraordinary food that is available locally – because they know it, grow it and produce it themselves.  Current members Ballykenver Farmshop & Kitchen and The Lamb Van both share a deep understanding of what makes food from this part of the world so very special, and why everyone should share in it.

Not only is the ancient landscape of North Antrim spectacular on a global scale – its wonderfully mild micro-climate creates the perfect conditions for an absolute abundance of fresh vegetables, fruit and meat – all with the most incredible flavour. The landscape is protected from over-development and the pollutants of industry, so produce grows just as nature intended.

Slow Food Movement

We are members of Slow Food Causeway, coordinated by Taste Causeway which is an accredited member of Slow Food UK, part of a global grassroots organisation that is committed to making good, clean and fair food.  It’s a sign of genuinely sustainable food that is unique to the area, that doesn’t harm the environment in its growth or production, and that is for and available to everyone.

Become a Farm Foodie

If you’re a local food grower or maker, committed to ethical, sustainable food that tastes amazing, and you want to share it with more local people, it makes sense to join the Farm Foodies Group. Ask about the New Member Packages – email

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