Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins
A great jelly recipe from ages ago.
- 4 cups highbush cranberries
- 6 cups water
- additional water (as needed)
- 7 cups sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon margarine or 1⁄2 teaspoon butter
- 1 packet liquid pectin (Certo)
- Bring the berries and water to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Crush the berries or put through a food mill.
- Strain the juice in a cheesecloth-lined sieve.
- Add any additional water if need to bring the juice up to 5 cups.
- Bring the juice and sugar up to a boil.
- Add the margarine, then the liquid pectin.
- Bring back to a boil, stirring constantly boil hard for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat.
- Skim foam from surface and pour into sterile pint jars and seal.
- Process in boiling water bath for 5 minutes.
- NOTE: Highbush cranberries are a fruit of the honeysuckle, and completely different fruit than the lowbush or commercial cranberry.
- Highbush cranberries grow on a shrub with pointed leaves whereas cranberries grow on a vine with oval leaves.
- Highbush cranberries have a single seed, which needs to be removed.
- If you have ever smelled something reminiscent of stinky socks on a stroll through the bush, you are likely very close to a good patch of highbush cranberries.
- The seeded pulp of the highbush cranberry can be used interchangeably with the pulp of the regular cranberry in any recipe.