Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Certo Strawberry Jelly

On Tuesday my son Dan made Strawberry Jelly as I am not able to eat seeds. This jelly is really good. He found it on Kraftfoods.

Certo Strawberry Jelly


3 3/4 cups prepared juice ( 3 quarts ripe strawberries)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
7 1/2 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl
1/2 tsp. butter or margarine
2 pouches Certo fruit Pectin


Bring canner, half full with water, to simmer. Prepare jars for canning; wash in hot soapy water rinse in warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain jars well before filling.

Stem and crush strawberries thoroughly, on layer at a time. Place three layers of damp cheesecloth or a jelly bag in large bowl. Pour prepared fruit into cheesecloth. Tie cheesecloth closed; hang and let drip into bowl until dripping stops. Press gently. Measure exactly 3 3/4 cups juice into 6 or 8 quart saucepan. Stir in lemon juice.

The above step: Dan used the blender to liquefy the berries in about 1 cup batches. Then he put these batches into a sieve lined with 3 layers of cheesecloth and squeezed this mixture in the cheesecloth and then through the sieve, into the pot.

Stir sugar into juice in saucepan. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in pectin. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.

Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8" of top. Wipe jar rims. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary) Cover, bring water to gentle boil. Process 5 min. Remove jars and place upright on a towel to to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing the middle of the lids with your finger. (if lids spring back, they are not sealed and should be put in frig).

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