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My neighbor Dot taught me how to do this. She turned 100 this year! 2 lbs of apples should make approximately 1 1/2 c. pectin. Refrigerate and use within 4 days or pour into containers and freeze for up to 6 months Use slightly under ripe apples, crab apples or fresh apple peelings. Please note: Do not use the store bought apples that have the waxy coating on them.
- Fill a large pot with quartered unpeeled apples, and then add just enough water to almost cover.
- Place on med-low heat stirring occasionally until the apples are fully cooked.
- Strain through a cheese cloth tied over a large container.
- (Secure by a cord tied around the rim.) Pour the hot apple mixture into the strainer, cover and let set overnight Do not press as this will turn the pectin cloudy.
- Collect the clear thick liquid To test the strength of the pectin, pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol into a glass and then drop in a spoonful of cold pectin.
- The pectin will coagulate into a jelly-like mass.
- If this can be picked up with a fork it is concentrated enough.
- If it cannot be picked up by the fork then the concentration is too weak.
- Boil it down to increase the concentration.
- Test again To use: Use 4-6 tbls.
- of homemade pectin for every 1 cup of prepared juice.
- Use equal amounts juice/pectin and sugar to make jelly.
- Place juice/pectin sugar in a large pan and place over med-high heat.
- Stir constantly to keep it from burning to the bottom of the pan.
- After the jelly comes to a full, rolling boil, let it do so for about a minute.
- To test, dip a large spoon into jelly mixture and then hold it over the pot sideways.
- If the jelly falls off the spoon in a sheet rather than a drop it is ready.
- Bring it to a vigorous boil on high heat.
- Remove from heat and bottle in hot sterilized jars.