Homemade Jelly. Just like Grandma made. Can you smell it? Can you taste it? The holiday season is rushing towards us with cooling weather, steaming hot drinks, snuggly scarves and your long list of presents to buy for family, friends, school teachers, co-workers, and others. Don’t forget about making cookies for Santa!
But, your budget is tighter than those skinny jeans you just bought, and you won’t be able to get something for everyone! How would you like to make your gifts, and make your Grandma proud at the same time? Sure you would! Grandma always made ornaments by hand, she had the best jams and homemade jelly, and she had plenty for everyone. Her house was known for amazing cookies too! Wish you could do all that like Grandma? Sure you do! And you can.
Let me show you how to combine your favorite Piper and Leaf tea with Grandma’s homemade jelly recipe, and give you something to brag about!
6 tablespoons of pectin (you can find this in the canning aisle at Wal-mart)
1 flat of ball canning jelly jars, cleaned & sterilized
* The day before you make the jelly, run your jelly jars and lids through your dishwasher to get a good sanitary cleaning. This is important. You will want them clean and dry before you pour in your jelly.
Fill your large stock pot half-way with water, and set the heat on high to boil. Place 8 jelly jars on the counter nearby, and stack the lids and collars within easy reach. Then, continue with the recipe:
Pour 2 cups of water into the small pot, and bring to a boil. Stir in the 4 tablespoons of loose leaf tea and steep for 3 minutes. Strain the tea through the mesh tea strainer and pour the liquid back into the small pot. Whisk in 2 heaping cups of sugar, and boil for 2 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, and quickly stir in 6 tablespoons of pectin. Whisk this mixture until the liquid is completely clear. Use the large metal spoon to skim the froth/foam off the top of the jelly liquid.
Very carefully, fill the jars almost to the top. You’ll want to leave ¼ – ½ inch at the top of the jars. Then, place the flat metal lid on each jar. Press down and make sure the lid is secure. Then, screw on the metal jar collar.
Using your tongs, place each jelly jar into the water bath/large stock pot. Allow them to bathe for 20 minutes in the boiling water. Then, use your tongs again to remove the 8 jelly jars. Set them aside to cool. A fun note, you should hear each metal lid gently “pop” with the suction upon cooling slightly. If this does not occur, your jelly will not be safe to consume past 1 week. If the lid “pops”, your jar is tightly sealed and able to last for up to 1 year. When the jars are completely cooled, you can decorate them jars with ribbon, tie on a Christmas gift tag, and wrap them up to give away!