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Old 09-03-07, 12:51 PM   #1
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I made Jelly!!

I was checking out the back yard after the storm we had a little while back and noticed our grape vines actually produced grapes this year. It seems I accidently trimmed them a bit last summer when I was getting rid of the nightshade and poison ivy. We used to have so many grapes that my mom would fill the shelves in out pantry with quart size jars of home made jelly. (with 7 kids you had to save money where you could) So, my fiancee and I picked all the ripe ones and had enough to make 10 8oz jars of fresh home made concord grape jelly. we just finished a little while ago and I can't wait to try it. One jar didn't seal so I am keeping that one and one other for myself. The rest will go along with Christmas presents. Since I've cut my hours at work for nursing school things are going to be tight. Making the Jelly was so much fun!!! I'm going to do a bunch more trimming of all the other crap growing back there and make some more cuts on the vines so I'll have more and more grapes the next few years. I can't wait to make apple jelly and strawberry jam too!!!
Anyone else making jelly this canning season?
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Old 09-03-07, 01:02 PM   #3
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Just heard a pop!! that means the last jar sealed!! Not bad for my first time if I do say so myself I'm so excited!!!
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Congrats!!! There's so much reward in putting up your own stuff. I fondly remember helping my grandmother , mother, and aunt can applesauce using the fruit from just two trees in our backyard. It's amazing how much we got from those- usually about 100 12oz Masons per year. My mother-in-law used to can the best tomatoes too. Yummy!

Think you'll do some other canning this year?
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Congrats!!! There's so much reward in putting up your own stuff. I fondly remember helping my grandmother , mother, and aunt can applesauce using the fruit from just two trees in our backyard. It's amazing how much we got from those- usually about 100 12oz Masons per year. My mother-in-law used to can the best tomatoes too. Yummy!

Think you'll do some other canning this year?
I plan on making some apple jelly from unsweetened apple juice. The only other edible thing we have growing in our yard at the moment is chokecherry and I might make some jelly with those. My grandpa used to have 1/2 an acre of his property as a garden but now all that's left is 1 apple tree. No one is living there right now but I might try to get out there and pick some apples for apple sauce. If my neighbor has too many cucumbers again this year I'll try my hand at making pickles. But for now, the plan is simply different types of jellies
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you rule! I'm going beach plum picking tomorrow on my weekly ride at Sandy Hook NJ. Want to make jam....
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Always wanted to try making jelly ... never seemed to have the time. I had the perfect opportunity when I live in Saskatchewan with 4 crabapple trees. We opted for apple sauce and pies instead. I like buying those little jars of jelly from local vendors whenever possible. Recently tried some with various wines mixed in. Very tasty!
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Always wanted to try making jelly ... never seemed to have the time. I had the perfect opportunity when I live in Saskatchewan with 4 crabapple trees. We opted for apple sauce and pies instead. I like buying those little jars of jelly from local vendors whenever possible. Recently tried some with various wines mixed in. Very tasty!
It doesn't actually take very long, and it's not that hard. If you can make a pie, you should have no problem with Jelly.
And as far as sharing goes, any of you in the Detroit area who might want to donate some jars or fruit I'd be more than happy to send you home with a jar of jelly or jam
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It doesn't actually take very long, and it's not that hard. If you can make a pie, you should have no problem with Jelly.
And as far as sharing goes, any of you in the Detroit area who might want to donate some jars or fruit I'd be more than happy to send you home with a jar of jelly or jam
OK, I'll admit it was laziness Wish I lived in the Detroit area ... I'd take you up on your offer. Do you deliver across the US/Canadian border?
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Must be jelly cause jam don't shake like that.
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OK, I'll admit it was laziness Wish I lived in the Detroit area ... I'd take you up on your offer. Do you deliver across the US/Canadian border?
sorry, I don't have a passport right now. Never got around to getting one. That and between work and school I won't have a day off until Christmas time
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Must be jelly cause jam don't shake like that.
I don't get it...
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Just finished 13 jars of apple jelly tonight!! Not sure what's next, but can't wait
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13 jars of apple jelly usally means you're going to be making friends with the toilet in the very near future right?
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13 jars of apple jelly usally means you're going to be making friends with the toilet in the very near future right?
only if i eat it all myself. unfortunatly though, the recipe I used wasn't quite right. The apple didn't set right so as of right now I have 13 jars of apple syrup/glaze. I think I can save it but I need to buy some more lids before I try. I found another recipe from the same source calling for half the juice and have the sugar for the same amount of pectin...I think that might be the problem
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Can I get your jelly recipe? Did you make it with real sugar or Splenda?
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only if i eat it all myself. unfortunatly though, the recipe I used wasn't quite right. The apple didn't set right so as of right now I have 13 jars of apple syrup/glaze. I think I can save it but I need to buy some more lids before I try. I found another recipe from the same source calling for half the juice and have the sugar for the same amount of pectin...I think that might be the problem
Depending on the pectin, if you use less sugar, it will thicken less, not more.

I can't tell what kind of pectin you are using, but just in case you don't already know, there's a product called Pomona's Pectin that will allow you to adjust the thickness (or lack thereof) of the jelly/jam/preserve before you can the jelly. It uses calcium instead of sugar(s) or whatever to thicken the fruit.

http://www.pomonapectin.com/

There might be other brands that do the same thing.

Also nice about this product is that you can use any sweetener, or none if you wish.

Have fun! I'm not canning any this year. I have too much leftover from last year.
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13 jars of apple jelly usally means you're going to be making friends with the toilet in the very near future right?
One time, I drunk a whole gallon of apple juice. In about 5 minutes.

Why didn't sesame street warn me that this was a bad idea?

I made very good friends with the toilet.

Oh wait.. there wasn't one.
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Can I get your jelly recipe? Did you make it with real sugar or Splenda?
I just used the recipe in the Sure Jell box. The grape one worked pretty well. I assume the apple was my fault
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I just used the recipe in the Sure Jell box. The grape one worked pretty well. I assume the apple was my fault
Different fruits have different amount of pectins. For this reason, going by the recipe for the specific fruit (and form) is very important with products like Sure Jell (and Certo, if it's still around). Apple is one of the highest in pectin...interesting that your apple jelly didn't gel.
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