Cook1 hr 30 mins
Warning honey sweetened jellies require longer cooking times than sugar jellies. I have not put in amounts because the juice you get from the apples will vary. I put the proportions of the other ingredients in the directions.
- Wash the apples and remove the stems and dark spots. Quarter but do not peel or core. Place in a medium size enamel pot.
- Add just enough water to half cover the fruit. Cook over low heat until fruit is soft (about 1 hour) place cooked apples in a jelly bag and drain out the liquid. You will get more juice if you squeeze the bag but the jelly will be cloudy if you do.
- Measure the juice. Add 1/2 c honey for each cup of juice. Boil until jelly is done.
- To test if your jelly is done remove the syrup from the heat and scoop up a small amount of jelly with a cold metal spoon. Raise it about a foot above above the pot away from the steam and wait about 20 seconds. Tip the spoon so that the syrup slides off the side of the spoon. If the syrup forms two drops that flow together and slide off the spoon in one sheet the jelly should be done. If it slides off in several separate drops cook it longer.
- Add 1/4 c mint leaves for every quart of juice. Stir and allow to cook 1 minute further.
- Remove leaves and ladle into hot sterile jars. Seal and process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes or as according to canners instructions.
- For special occasions you can pour hot jelly into buttered molds.
This was amazing. I had never made jelly before and the directions were clear and helpful. My jelly turned out to be a dark brown, probably because our Anna apples give us pink applesauce. I suspect that using a green apple would yield a beautiful green jelly. Regardless of color, the taste and texture are wonderful. Thank you for giving me an alternative to white sugar an the incentive to try making jelly.
A delicious and very different recipe to my normal one! I used 3 lbs of tart green cooking apples from our garden, and the jelly set very firm - probably due to my pectin loaded apples! The honey was a great addition to this jelly - and we enjoyed this with grilled lamb chops one sunny lunch time. Do be patient - it does take longer for the setting point to be reached than normal sugar jelly. I used a lot of mint in mine, as we all love mint sauce and mint jelly. Thanks! FT:-)