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July 6, 2008

My first Jelly making documentary

Filed under: Uncategorized — by rlaughlin @ 7:48 am

First you take the berries and ya pick ’em, ya pick ’em….then ya boil ’em, ya boil ’em…ahem.  That’s just not workin’ for me…let’s try it another way. 

After the berries have been picked, give them to your cousin who will boil and strain them overnight to make berry juice.  If you want to do this yourself, she said that she added 4 cups of water to the berries then boiled them.  Then she put them in cheesecloth to drain overnight.




Put the jar lids in a sauce pan of water then set to low heat.  This step is done so that the jars seal correctly.  The water, although on a low heat setting, will be hot, so use a fork to get them from the water (voice of experience talking here).




While your cousin adds the Sure-Jell (or any generic berry juice thickening agent) and stirs the mixture to a boil, measure 5.5 cups of sugar.  Then add sugar to the boiling mixture.



Stir constantly until the mixture boils again.  You can choose to talk during this step, however, one must continue to stir.  Notice I have a clamped mouth, first time stirrers should refrain from talking in order to focus on stirring.  Seriously, it can be dangerous.  The liquid is hot and sticky, if you stir wrong it can splash onto your arm and that hurts (voice of experience again)


 Once the liquid is boiling again, time it for 2 minutes then pour it into the jars.  In this picture on the left there is a blue funnel thing that makes pouring easier, I highly recommend this gadget.  On the far right side the jars are upside down, after pouring they stay upside down for 5 minutes to help with the seal.



Once all the jars have been set upright they are cooled.  During the cooling process the jars seal, this is indicated by a quiet and cute little popping sound.  Once completely cooled you can write the type of berry and year on the lid.


That’s it.  The next step is to enjoy the jelly.  My Aunt said that we had to wait for the first snow fall to open the first jar.  This is an urban legend and can be ignored, it in no way affects the taste of the jelly.

What is not an urban legend is that this jelly taste best on a Sunday afternoon, spread on a warm biscuit, while sitting at a table surronded by people you love.  The joy is greatly increased if it’s after church and the biscuits are a side for a dinner of roast with carrots, potatos and butter – sweet iced tea is optional.


  1. Wow! I’m duly impressed! Stir on, Director-Wannabe….stir on.

    Comment by April — July 6, 2008 @ 6:10 pm |Reply

  2. The time thing is a challenge for me 😉

    Comment by rlaughlin — July 6, 2008 @ 8:04 pm |Reply

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