This is an extremely easy and delicious jelly recipe! I’ve never really done any kind of canning and the last batch of jelly I made remained completely liquid. The first time I made this jelly it turned out perfectly, so it is completely idiot-proof if I did it successfully! My husband loves jelly so he was thrilled when I found this recipe.
- 3 1/2 cups wine, equivalent of one standard sized 750 ml bottle of wine plus a little more*
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 1.75 oz pckg of fruit pectin (I used Sure-Jell)
- 4 cups granulated sugar
- 12 qt pot (Make sure you have a large, tall pot because I used a squattier one before and it boiled over everywhere. Huge mess!)
- Something to grip the jars as you pull them out of the pot. We used a device like a pair of tongs shaped to fit around the mouth of a jar. They usually sell them next to the canning supplies.
First of all boil your jars and your lids to get rid of any bacteria. Don’t boil the inner lid with the rubber seal as this can damage it and prevent your jar from sealing properly.
Now combine your wine, lemon juice and pectin in a pot and bring mixture to a boil while stirring rapidly. Once mixture is boiling, add the sugar and keep stirring to dissolve all of the sugar. Bring mixture back to a rolling boil and boil for at least one minute. The longer you boil it, the thicker your jelly will be.
Once the hot jelly is finished, ladle it into your jars leaving 1/2″ at the top of the jars for breathing room. Put the lids on them and then boil the jars for 5 minutes. Once the hot jelly is finished, ladle it into your jars leaving 1/2″ at the top of the jars for breathing room. Put the lids on them and then boil the jars for 5 minutes. Let the jars sit undisturbed for 24 hours. You’ll hear the lids pop as they suck in and seal. After the 24 hours are up try it out! You’ve now made your own jelly! Enjoy!
*Use any bottle of wine that you like. Oak Leaf is sold at Wal-Mart for under $3 a bottle. I think they’re bottled in smaller bottles so just double check before you buy. You can use any wine you might like. We make most of our own wine so we have a surplus on hand that we use. I’ve been making jelly out of our first batch of wine which didn’t turn out too well. At least we’ve got a use for it now!
I found the original recipe here.