Apple Jelly (from Juice)
My husband loves apple-cinnamon jelly and we just could not find anything he liked at the big box grocer, so I came up with this. I have to say that the applesauce bonus is one of the great things about this recipe. It's great!
- Serves: 5 persons
- 4large Fuji apples
- 52fluid ounces apple juice
- 1(12 fluid ounce) can frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
- 4(3 inch) cinnamon sticks, or more to taste
- 1teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 8cups white sugar
- 1(3 ounce) pouch liquid pectin
- ½teaspoon unsalted butter
Step 1Core apples but leave on peel.
Step 2Pour apple juice and concentrate into a large, heavy pot. Add apples, 4 cinnamon sticks, and ground cinnamon. Bring to a boil and cook until apples are soft, about 15 minutes.
Step 3Remove apples with a slotted spoon and place in a food processor. Pulse until no longer chunky, then put back into the pot and cook for another 15 minutes.
Step 4Meanwhile, inspect five pint-sized jars for cracks and rings for rust, discarding any defective ones. Immerse in simmering water until jelly is ready. Wash new, unused lids and rings in warm soapy water.
Step 5Use a fine mesh strainer to strain out apples, and place applesauce in a container and refrigerate to eat later. Strain juice again using many layers of cheesecloth. Pour the liquid back into the pot with the cinnamon sticks.
Step 6Add sugar and pectin and bring to a rolling boil, adding butter just before it boils to keep it from foaming.
Step 7Ladle into the prepared jars, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each jar if desired. Place the seals and lids on the jars, making sure to clean the rims of any syrup that may have gotten on the mouths of the jars.
Step 8Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars 2 inches apart into the boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water to cover jars by at least 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil, cover, and process for 20 minutes.
Step 9Remove the jars from the stockpot and place them upside down on a towel for 45 minutes to help the lids to seal. Turn jars over and let rest for 12 to 24 hours.