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“This recipe came from my mother-in-law. It's a family favorite.”
READY IN:
50hrs
YIELD:
9 eight oz. jelly jars
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 12 cups wild cranberry juice
  • 7 cups sugar
  • 1 (6 ounce) fluid ounces box Certo (2 pouches) or 1 box fruit jell (2 pouches)

Directions

  1. Note: 3 1/2 cups of wild cranberries equals 3 cups of prepared juice.
  2. ------Day1------.
  3. Pick cranberries.
  4. Remove stems and leaves.
  5. Wash and drain.
  6. Prepare a pan as a strainer.
  7. This is done by using 2-3 layers of good cheesecloth, (or you can use an old but clean linen dish towel).
  8. Drape over a large pan and secure with clothes pins.
  9. A large enamel basin works well.
  10. Using a stock pot or a large canning pot, add berries.
  11. Add water to barely cover the berries.
  12. Bring to a boil.
  13. Turn down heat to medium or medium low.
  14. Continue cooking until cranberries start popping and they look translucent.
  15. (about 1-2 hours) Pour the cranberries onto the prepared strainer.
  16. Do not handles the berries, even with a spoon, while draining.
  17. (Handling the berries will make a cloudy jelly.) Drain overnight.
  18. ----------Day2-----------.
  19. Measure out 3 and 1/2 cups of the wild cranberry juice into a stockpot or small canning pot.
  20. Add the 7 cups of sugar.
  21. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly.
  22. Add the 2 pouches of"Certo" or"Fruit Jel", still stirring, and bring back to full boil.
  23. Boil for 1 minute.
  24. Remove from heat and let sit 3 minutes.
  25. Skim the form off with a skimmer or metal spoon.
  26. Pour quickly into prepared jars.
  27. Process jars.
  28. (Note: Instead of processing the jars I pour melted parrafin over the top of jell. About 0.125 of an inch. Cover with lids and let cool on a towel.) Once jars are cool, test each one for a seal by pressing the center of the lid.
  29. The lid should not flex up and down.
  30. If it does fefrigerate or reprocess with a new lid.
  31. Note: Apple juice can be added to the wild cranberry juice if there isn't quite enough juice to equil the 3 1/2 cups.

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