How to Get Seeds Out of Blackberries

Overview

As yet no research program has succeeded in producing seedless blackberries. Unless each drupelet--the tiny segment of the berry--contains a fertile seed, that part of the fruit will not develop. Dealing with seeds by tolerating or removing them becomes part of the natural process of harvesting and enjoying this delicious bramble fruit. Separating the seeds from the blackberry means a loss of pulp as well, but juice and flavor remain intact.

Step 1

Fill a mixing bowl half full of ripe blackberries and cover the berries with clean water. Carefully stir the berries with a rubber spatula to float away dirt and debris. Run water over the berries until the overflowing water runs clear.

Step 2

Sort the berries by hand, throwing out any over-ripe fruits or green berries. Discard insect-damaged berries or trim out the ruined sections.

Step 3

Weigh the blackberries and transfer to a saucepan, adding 1/4 cup water per lb. of berries. Heat over medium low heat, stirring occasionally until the fruit comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for five to 10 minutes.

Step 4

Cut two squares of cheesecloth large enough to line the colander, with several inches overlapping the strainer's edge. Place the colander with the double layer of cheesecloth in a large mixing bowl.

Step 5

Crush the cooked blackberries in the sauce pan with a potato masher. Pour the crushed berries into the colander.

Step 6

Press the mash lightly against the sides of the colander to extract part of the juice. Allow the mash to cool to room temperature.

Step 7

Twist the cheesecloth closed over the berry pulp and push down with gentle steady pressure to extract more juice. More pressure adds more pulp and more color to the juice. Discard pressed pulp, seeds and cheesecloth.

Step 8

Refrigerate juice immediately in a clean sealed storage container.

Tips and Warnings

  • Pressing clean ripe blackberries without cooking yields juice suitable for immediate use but not safe for storage even if refrigerated. Use only top quality fresh berries for raw juice.

Things You'll Need

  • Blackberries
  • Mixing bowl
  • Kitchen scale
  • Sauce pan
  • Water
  • Potato masher
  • Kitchen shears
  • Cheesecloth
  • Colander
  • Storage container and lid

References

  • National Center for Home Food Preservation: Making Jams and Jellies
  • University of Kentucky: Preparing and Canning Jams & Jellies
  • University of Missouri Extension: Jam and Jelly Basics

Who Can Help

  • Purdue University Extension: Uncooked Jams
Keywords: blackberry seeds, seedless blackberries, ripe blackberries

About this Author

James Young began writing as a military journalist in Alaska and combat correspondent in Vietnam. He specializes in electronics, turnery, blacksmithing, outdoor sports, woodcarving, joinery and sailing. Young's articles have been published in "Tai Chi Magazine," "Sonar 4 Ezine," "The Marked Tree," "Stars & Stripes," the "SkinWalker Files" and "Fine Woodworking."