Prep 48 hrs
Cook 2 hrs
This recipe came from my mother-in-law. It's a family favorite.
- 3 1⁄2 cups wild cranberry juice
- 7 cups sugar
- 1 (6 ounce) fluid ounces box Certo (2 pouches) or 1 box fruit jell (2 pouches)
- Note: 3 1/2 cups of wild cranberries equals 3 cups of prepared juice.
- Pick cranberries.
- Remove stems and leaves.
- Wash and drain.
- Prepare a pan as a strainer.
- This is done by using 2-3 layers of good cheesecloth, (or you can use an old but clean linen dish towel).
- Drape over a large pan and secure with clothes pins.
- A large enamel basin works well.
- Using a stock pot or a large canning pot, add berries.
- Add water to barely cover the berries.
- Bring to a boil.
- Turn down heat to medium or medium low.
- Continue cooking until cranberries start popping and they look translucent.
- (about 1-2 hours) Pour the cranberries onto the prepared strainer.
- Do not handles the berries, even with a spoon, while draining.
- (Handling the berries will make a cloudy jelly.) Drain overnight.
- Measure out 3 and 1/2 cups of the wild cranberry juice into a stockpot or small canning pot.
- Add the 7 cups of sugar.
- Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly.
- Add the 2 pouches of"Certo" or"Fruit Jel", still stirring, and bring back to full boil.
- Boil for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and let sit 3 minutes.
- Skim the form off with a skimmer or metal spoon.
- Pour quickly into prepared jars.
- Process jars.
- (Note: Instead of processing the jars I pour melted parrafin over the top of jell. About 0.125 of an inch. Cover with lids and let cool on a towel.) Once jars are cool, test each one for a seal by pressing the center of the lid.
- The lid should not flex up and down.
- If it does fefrigerate or reprocess with a new lid.
- Note: Apple juice can be added to the wild cranberry juice if there isn't quite enough juice to equil the 3 1/2 cups.
Thank you, thank you. We have a highbush cranberry in our yard, and I've been searching for a jelly recipe for ages. I finally found yours and it's just what I was looking for. Thanks, again.