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Friday, January 18, 2013

It's Jelly...It's a Pie...It's Apple Pie Jelly

I do not accept failure easily. That's why I was determined to try again in my quest to make The Boy's beloved apple pie jelly.

In hand to help me: A new recipe, proper cookable pectin, and a single sentence piece of advice emailed from my dad:

A whisk would be better than a wooden spoon.

Got it.

Ingredients:
  • 3 c unsweetened apple juice
  • 4 T pectin
  • 1 t butter
  • 2 c white sugar
  • 1 1/3 c light brown sugar (not packed)
  • 3/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg


In a large pot, over medium-high heat, whisk pectin into apple juice until it is completely dissolved. Add butter.


Bring the mixture to a boil. This will take somewhere from 5-10 minutes. Once it boils, whisk in sugars and spices.


Return the mixture to a roiling boil. Allow to boil for 3-5 minutes, stirring often.


To test if the jelly is ready, dip up a spoonful of jelly using a metal teaspoon. Allow the spoonful to come to room temperature (this doesn't take long). If the mixture thickens to a jelly consistency that you like, then it's ready to can. If not, then boil for another few minutes, stirring constantly.


Remove the mixture from the heat and pour into jars to either preserve, refrigerate or freeze.



The jelly will stay good for:
  • 1 year if preserved
  • 1 year if frozen
  • 3 weeks if refrigerated
My jelly-making attempt was deemed successful by The Boy. Worth the time and effort, I'd say...this jelly is amazing. It's like having apple pie on your toast in the morning.

Mmmmm.

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