I remember being a very small child and watching my mom, grandma, and aunts make home made canned jelly. The process seemed so overwhelming, and it’s definitely not something we kids ever got to join in on. Canning jelly at home has long been a sort of dream of mine, as I love many of the “old” domestic arts. I figured it would have to wait until the kids were much older, but when I got the chance this week to make jelly with my mom, I decided to go for it.
You know what? It wasn’t very hard. YOU DON’T EVEN NEED SPECIAL CANNING EQUIPMENT!!! Not only that, but the kids got to join in just about as much as they do on other cooking projects, and I know they’re going to be so proud to have “their” jelly on sandwiches and toast this winter!
Don’t be intimidated by the number of pictures in this post, it’s actually very easy, and it probably took a little less than an hour to make 12 half-pint jars. I just don’t usually have another adult around when I’m doing crafts and cooking, so I got a little shutter-happy since I wasn’t doing it all on my own.
Home Made Jelly Recipe
- 4 cups of juice
- 7 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 tsp. butter (optional, but a good idea according to Granma)
- 2 pouches of CERTO brand fruit pectin
Start by washing your jars and the ring tops.