= a half vacation day from work to make jelly:@)
Mulberry Jelly-makes approx 7 half pints
3-4 quarts mulberries, washed and *picked through-aim for 4 qts, 3's ok if fat and juicy
1/2 C water for each quart of berries
3 Tblsp lemon juice
1 box full sugar pectin
5 C sugar
- Add berries and water to a 6 quart pot. *I read some recipes that call for stemming the berries. If you have that kind of patience... I'm guessing you're not from Philly:@)
- Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for 10 minutes while continuously crushing berries with a potato masher or back of large spoon. Be careful of splatters, they stain!
- Put several layers of cheesecloth in a strainer, place it over a large bowl with a few inches clearance between the bottom of the strainer and bottom of the bowl.
- Carefully pour berries and juice into strainer, let drain until it stops dripping. Mine sat for less than an hour, you can let it go longer if you'd like to.
- You should have between 3 1/2-4 cups of liquid (use all of it no matter how much). Discard the solids.
- Add mulberry juice, lemon juice and pectin to a 6 quart pot.
- Bring to a boil, add sugar, return to a rolling boil and cook for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and add to sterilized jars, wipe rims, add lids and bands. (Complete safe canning practices can be found on-line.)
- Process in hot water bath for 10 minutes.
- Remove from water, set jars on a kitchen towel to cool.
- Count the pings and love life:@)
Preserve a little bit of summer and have a happy day!