Favorite All Purpose Jelly Recipe

After years of making jellies and jams, I have often come across recipes that are too runny, set up too much, or come out just about right.  Here are the TWO that are at the top of my list.  Why two?  One is for liquid pectin and the other is for powdered.  Some prefer one over the other!  Or sometimes you just have one on hand and not the other.  I have had the most success with these two recipes overall.  Keep in mind that adding fruits with more natural pectin will make a firmer jelly.  Also, if you have never canned before, make sure you have researched jelly making basics as I have omitted those here. Jelly and Jam Basics

Favorite All Purpose Jelly using Liquid Pectin

Yields about 7-8 half-pints
4 cups prepared juice
7 1/2 cups sugar
2 pouches liquid pectin
1/2 tsp butter (optional)

Using a large pot, mix sugar and juice until sugar dissolves.  Add 1/2 tsp butter to reduce foam.  Over a medium-high heat, bring to a boil while stirring constantly.  Stir in liquid pectin (I always have this sitting in a cup with the tops already cut and ready to go).  Bring to a rolling boil and boil hard for one minute while stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and remove foam if necessary.  Ladle hot jelly into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace, wipe rims, adjust 2 piece lids.  Process in boiling water canner for 10 minutes.

Favorite All Purpose Jelly using Powdered Pectin

Yield about 7-8 half-pints
5 1/2 cups prepared juice
1 package powdered pectin
7 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp butter (optional)

Using a large pot, mix pectin and juice until pectin dissolves.  Add 1/2 tsp butter to reduce foam.  Over a medium-high heat, bring to a boil while stirring constantly.  Stir in sugar until dissolved (I always have this measured out in a bowl ready to go).  Bring to a rolling boil and boil hard for one minute while stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and remove foam if necessary.  Ladle hot jelly into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace, wipe rims, adjust 2 piece lids.  Process in boiling water canner for 10 minutes.

 

 

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