Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tutorial - Making Raspberry Jelly

Please welcome Colleen Bass of Needles-n-Pins Stitcheries as she walks us through the process of making homemade raspberry jelly.

Raspberry jelly

You need to sterilize your canning jars, rings and lids. I reuse my canning jars and rings every year, but NEVER reuse the lids. Always buy new lids.  I sterilize them and leave them in the water while I am cooking the jelly.


Fresh wild raspberries (takes about a 1 gallon freezer bag of berries for 4 cups of juice)
Pectin packets (from the grocery store)
Lemon juice

You only need the juice from the raspberries so you get this by putting the cold berries in a cheese cloth or berry bags and squeezing the juice into a bowl.

Place 2 small plates in the freezer for testing the jelly later. After you get all the juice out of the berries discard the squeezed berries. Pour 2 cups of berry juice in a stainless steel pan. The stainless steel works the best. Bring this juice to a boil. Then add 2 cups of sugar and dissolve. Add 3 teaspoons of lemon juice and ½ a packet of pectin. This is what you start with….after testing the jelly you may have to add more lemon juice or sugar.

Cook 3-4 minutes while boiling. Now you need to be careful with this step as the jelly juice in the pan when boiling will rise to the top of the pan, so to prevent overflowing I always lift the pan off the heat until it goes back down. After about 3 minutes or so, take the little plate out of the freezer and spoon a tablespoon or so on the plate to test if the jelly will jell ok. After you put the jelly on the plate wait a few moments and then tip the plate and see how the jelly runs down the plate. If it is slow and creeping and seems to be jelling then the jelly is ok….if not and it runs fast you will need to put a little more ingredients in. I start with about ¼ cup of sugar and another teaspoon of lemon juice. After letting it boil a little I test again. You shouldn’t have to add too much to the original ingredients. Just depends on the quality of the berries that year. Once and awhile I have to add a little more pectin if the berries aren’t as high quality that year. You will learn what is best for that year.

When the jelly is jelling ok you then take the jars out of the water and ladle the cooked jelly into them. Leave the lids off for several hours for the jelly to “set-up”. When the jelly has set you can put the lids on and tighten them up and put them in storage. Whalla… have just made jelly.

raspberry jelly

Sounds pretty easy huh? Well, let me tell you we had quite a learning curve when we first started doing this several years ago. This first year the jelly wouldn’t jell and we kept adding stuff to it and I think we had more sugar than jelly in them. Also after letting it sit for hours to jell in the jars some of the batches didn’t set very good so we had to pour them back into the pan
and add a little more “stuff” to them.  The jelly actually tasted pretty good. So it takes practice. This year the berries were great and I think we have the best jelly we ever have had.

So all of you berry pickers out there… you can make jelly! Thanks for joining me in my jelly making process. Hope you enjoyed it.  

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