Friday, November 21, 2008

Christmas Jelly

I grew up on homemade jam and jelly, and I have been making it myself for a long time. I think it tastes so much better than store bought jam.
It is great when you can make it with fresh fruit. In the winter months, I make it using juice instead. It is so much more affordable, and I think it makes great Christmas gifts.


It is so easy too. I wanted to share my favorite recipe with you. I used Pineapple juice, but you can also use apple, or grape.

Pineapple Jelly:
4 C. bottled or canned pineapple juice
2 Tablespoons filtered fresh lemon juice
7 C. sugar
2 (3-ounce) pouches liquid pectin

Place a sieve over a large pan, lined with a paper coffee filter, and strain juice.

In an 8-quart pan, combine the pineapple and lemon juice
Over med. heat, heat the juice until warm. Add sugar, stirring constantly, until dissolved. Increase the hear to med-high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and bring to a full rolling boil. Add entire contents of both pectin pouches. return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly for one minute.
Skim off any foam, and ladle into jelly jars, leaving 1/4-inch head space. Wipe jar rims and threads with a clean, damp cloth. Cover with lids and apply screw rings.
jars and lids before using.
Always remember to wash lids and jars in hot soapy water, or run them through the dishwasher.

Process jars in a 200 degree water bath for 15 minutes.


This recipe takes about a half hour from start to finish, and makes quite a bit of jelly. Once you try it, I bet you won't go back!

21 comments:

APA said...

WOW! I can't believe all the wonderful and easy recipes I am picking up here in blogland. First, there was beer bread (I had wanted to make my own loaf for so long and now I have made two!), some veggie meals that were delicious and now this jelly...from juice. I had no idea! Thank you so much. I may have to add this to my To Do List!

QuiltedSimple said...

This is a great idea - homemade is so much better - and we always run out of the stuff I make with fruit by....about November.....so I'll have to try it with the juice. Great idea - thanks!
Kris

Suzanne said...

Hey Katie, what a simple and great idea! Do you have to store them in the freezer or do they have a shelf life? They'd go great with my tea breads during the holidays. Suzanne ~ Ewer Wondering

Steph said...

What a fantastic idea! Pineapple - I'd never thought of that but it sounds fantastic!

Heather said...

I am SOOOOOO doing this.

lucky knitter said...

Sounds like a great gift idea for the holidays!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

I thank I have a half of an hour to spare. Sound SO good. I will try this and you try my dressing ;)

Renee said...

I have got to try this, thanks!!

Marcia said...

what a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing! This sounds great -- just to second a question that was asked earlier -- how long is the shelf life usually or can they be frozen?

melissa s. said...

what a great idea for Christmas gifts! how long do you process them in the canning bath?

Hilary said...

Thanks for the recipe! I've always been a bit intimidated by jellies and jams, but this one actually makes me think I could do it. Sounds yummy too!!

amandajean said...

thanks for the recipe! I think i might have to make some of this (in apple flavor) for my dad. he would love it.

Jessica said...

This looks like such a yummy treat!

Missy said...

I MUST try this. My kids eat pineapple like there's no tomorrow!

Meagan said...

I will have to make pineapple-my favorite fruit! Chris ate all of the strarb jelly I made for Christmas gifts, yes all 12 jars of it over the past few months-so I am back to the drawing board! Juice jelly is a great idea due to the shortage of fresh fruit this time of year!

t does wool said...

thanks for the recipe,Katie...and the reminder about processing!

tiennie said...

Oh yum! I've never head of pineapple jelly but it sound delicious!

Ebeth said...

I LOVE THESE PONCHOS FOR PEANUTS! Beautiful gifts, Katie!

Gretchen said...

this is wonderful. I did can this year for the first time but I'm almost out of all the jam I made. Love this idea though for gifts.
thanks!

Ruth said...

They look sooo fantastic!! I love the labels too.

What a lovely christmas present idea!

Ruth xx