Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Joys and Jelly

The other day my daughter came to me and said I want to learn how to make jelly. I said well it just so happens that I've been wanting to make peppermint jelly with some mint from the garden. So we rounded up the necessary supplies and away we went. It really does my heart well when she wants to do something with me. She is a 14 yo after all. So below is the recipe also with some pictures of the finished product. When we sampled our jelly she said oh you know what we can put this on ice cream and add chocolate chips and have our own peppermint ice cream. Next time I make it I will add more peppermint than it calls for, I like it very strong.

Mint Jelly

1 1/2 Cup firmly packed mint leaves

2 1/4 Cup water

2T lemon juice

3 1/2 Cups sugar

1 pouch of liquid pectin

Green food coloring (opt) I didn't use it

Rinse leaves in colander, chop finely. In large sauce pan combine mint and water. Bring to boil. Remove from heat cover and steep for 10 minutes. Pour into damp cheese cloth over large glass bowl. Let drip until you have 1 3/4 cups of liquid. In deep saucepan, add liquid, lemon juice and sugar, bring to boil over high heat stir often. Stir in pectin boil hard, stir constantly for 1 minute. Add food coloring if using. Remove from heat skim off foam. Place in jars leaving 1/4 inch head space. Process in canner for 10 minutes. Makes about 6 small jelly jars.


Kristi said...

That looks yummy! What a special day for you both. Blessings to you!

Extraordinary Ordinary Life said...

How do you use mint jelly? Do you just put it on toast?

Heart 4 My Home said...

What a pretty color. I am so glad you and your daughter had this together time. Soon they will be off to college and those days will be but grand memories. One of the great things is that one day, down the road, when she is married and has children she can repeat the same lessons & memories to her children.