Here on our little hillside, in WV, we try to live a simple life. One where we can try to make the best decisions in regards to what we feed our family, and where we source our foods. We try to make green decision that are not only good for our family but for our community and planet as well. There is no place I would rather raise a family, than these WV hills! So I guess it is our responsibility to preserve them, and our heritage.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

black raspberry jelly

So after our first harvest of raspberries, we decided to make jelly.  Oh my is it good! 
 These berries are growing in our yard and are organic. 

Making the jelly is very similar to the jam, except you need to juice the berries to remove seeds before making the jelly.  I washed the berries then added them to a stock pot with just enough water so they would not stick and burn.  Simmer the berries for about 5 minutes and then cool and strain through a cheese cloth. 

You need 4 cups of juice for the jelly.  If you are running a bit short squeeze a little water through the berries in the cloth to make the 4 cups.  Add 4 tabelspoons of lemon juice and one packet of pectin.  Put on heat and bring to a boil.  Add 5 1/2 cups of sugar and return to a boil.  Bring to a hard boil for 2 minutes.  Add to jars, skim foam off top, clean rims and add lids.  Invert on countertop for 5 minutes then flip and let sit for 24 hours.  Make sure to label the jars with the contents and date.
One batch of jelly down and they are ready to be picked again.