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Sugarless Homemade Organic Raspberry Jelly Sweetened with Honey!

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Yes Sugarless Homemade Organic Raspberry Jelly Sweetened with Honey!

This jelly contains no additives preservatives sugar and was made form home grown berries and honey.

 
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Step 1: What You Need For This instructable

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4 Cups of berry juice (were using Red Raspberries)
1 cup Honey
4 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 Teaspoons of No Sugar Pectin Powder
4 teaspoons Calcium Water


TOOLS
2 large pots
1 canning pot
some canning jars and equipment
a food strainer and 2 bowls
measuring cups and cooking utensils
thermometer

Step 2: Step One: Gathering Your Ingredients

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  First you will need some berries i am growing a lot of them on my property pick them as they ripen and keep them frozen.
Then you will need some honey, i get my from the bees themselves, if your not a beekeeper find a local one and buy some honey form them.
 Its just better honey, then store bought honey.
Pectin, i searched for a way to not use sugar in making jelly and found that if you use a special kind of pectin is possible. There were a couple of companies selling this pectin, i choose  Pomona pectin specifically because they have a guide to use honey as a sweetener.http://www.pomonapectin.com
NOT because it is cheap, but you use a lot less of pectin its about one teaspoon a 8 oz jar.
i paid 50 bucks for a pound of this stuff, with shipping but i thought it worked great.
 This pectin comes with packet of calcium this is mixed with water to make calcium water. (next step will show you how)

Lemon juice i would squeeze from real lemons but i forgo to buy some and had this juice.


Step 3: Step Two: Making the Calcium Water

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 With the pectin you get a packet of calcium powder,  mixing this with water gives you calcium water.

One teaspoon Calcium Powder + One Cup Water Mixed in a jar, shake and store in fridge lasts a while throw out if it is settled too much.
 Shake before you use it.

Step 4: Step Three: Making Berry Juice

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 i have this food strainer, this is well worth the low investment you can find used all the time at flea markets garage sales craigs list ebay.
And these machines work great berries go in juice comes out seeds skins are ejected out.
   Assembly is pretty easy mount it to the table most have a screw clamp. handle, screw thing, spring, cone They make different cones for different things they do have one just for berries. 
   But a bowl under the cone funnel, and at the end to catch the seeds.
  Once you start cramming the berries into the hopper at the top and turn the crank.   The juice and pulp with start oozing out of the funnel and the seeds and stems will be coming out the end into another bowl.
 Start cranking !  once you ran them through once do it again and a third, or fourth but after the second it gets harder.
 This will get out every last bit of juice from the berries. Then use a spatula to scrap off the pulp from the cone.
 IF YOU DONT HAVE A FOOD STRAINER.
 you should really think abotu getting one, but you can mash the berries and strain the juice from them with a cheese cloth.
 

Step 5: Step Four: Setting Up Your Canning Stuff

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OK your going to have the biggest pot or a canning pot that will have a metal rack to hold the jars off the bottom .
Then you need a pot to boil the metal lids. And a third big pot to boil the jelly.
  Ok now fill the two pots with water put them on the stove, put them on high CAREFULLY put in the jars, in the one pot a the lids in the other smaller pot. Just let them boil turn it down if you start to lose too much water. Make sure the water is covering the jars at all time.
 

Step 6: Step Five: Cooking the Juice into Jelly

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Ok now you got your jars and lids in boiling water
Take one cup of pure honey straight from the hive, (or if you don't have bee's then any other honey will do) And stir in 2 teaspoons of the pectin powder , mix it very well and set it aside.

take your third pot and add
4 Cups of the strained berry juice
4 tablespoons of Lemon juice
4 teaspoons of the calcium water (not the powder the water solution you made and have in the fridge)

Have your thermometer in the pot at all times, make sure to bring mixture to a boil and stir for 15 minutes keeping it at 200 degrees.
After 15 minutes of constant 200 degrees, add your Honey Pectin. Making sure to stir this in very well and using all of it.
Then Bring back up to a boil and Keep it at 200 for another 15 minutes. Until it starts to gel you will be seeing skin start to form on top and you can use the "spoon method" were you take a spoon in cold water dip it in the cooked jelly it should not drip off the spoon but the drips should form a sheet as it sets up.
 Now pour it through a strainer to get all the clumps and stray seeds out.


Step 7: Step Six: Jarring the Jelly

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Now that your jelly is cooked and thickening remove the jars from the hot water with the jar tongs, in your canning kit.  Use a funnel to pour the hot jelly into each jar.
Use your magnet on a stick to get the hot lids from the boiling water, then screw on the lid "finger tight".
Then put them back into the canning pot on the metal rack, and plunge them back in the boiling water for another 20 minutes.
 After that remove the jelly filled jar from the hot water bath and place them on a towel.  Soon you will hear the POP. This means you did everything right and your jelly is sealed let this sit over night to cool down and enjoy.

  I'm using 9 oz hex jars with the lug lids, most use the 2 part lids i and canning this for sale so i use fancier jars and lids.
 Also made labels printed on refrigerator magnetic backing, so they just stick to the lid. Then they can be easily removed and stuck to your refrigerator.

LoganMackey (author) 2 years ago
Honey Vs Sugar. What are their differences?

Both sweeteners contain glucose and fructose. However, for sugar, in the process of manufacturing, the organic acids, protein, nitrogen elements, enzymes and vitamins in the sugar cane are destroyed, whereas honey, a natural sweetener, subjects only to minimal heating. Also, honey has certain beneficial antioxidant and antimicrobial properties which are not present in table sugar.

Here are three honey nutrition facts that will make you feel good about eating honey:

One:
One tablespoon of table sugar or sucrose contains 46 calories, while one tablespoon of natural sweetener honey has 64 calories. Though honey may have more calories, we actually need to use less of it since it is sweeter than table sugar. As a result, you may in fact consume even less amount of calories that you would with sugar. And in the long run even though honey is more expensive, it may be more economical than table sugar. I was taken aback when I first found out how much table sugar I was consuming when I take a can of coke -- 10 teaspoons, and a 50g chocolate bar -- 7 teaspoons!

Two:
Table sugar is sucrose, which is made up of two molecules bonded together. When we eat table sugar, our stomach has to use its own enzymes to separate the molecules apart before we can use the sugar's energy. Honey is quite different. The bees have added a special enzyme to the nectar that divides the sucrose into glucose and fructose -- two simple sugars for our bodies can absorb directly.

Hence, honey vs sugar, honey has a healthier Glycemic Index (GI) which measures the negative impact of a given food on the blood-glucose level. The lower the GI rating, the slower the absorption and infusion of sugars into the bloodstream and hence a more gradual and healthier digestion process.

Three:
Unlike honey, table sugar lacks minerals and vitamins (hence it's been often called empty calories), they draw upon the body's nutrients to be metabolized into the system. When these nutrients are all used up, metabolizing of undesirable cholesterol and fatty acid is impeded, contributing to higher cholesterol and promoting obesity due to higher fatty acid on the organs and tissues. That is why it is not uncommon for fat people to suffer from malnutrition and many other health related problems. So the message is, honey vs sugar, if you are watching your weight, honey will be a smarter choice than sugar. Besides the differences in nutrition, I feel sugar can never compete with honey in taste. Though both are sweet, honey has such a unique flavour that can be very useful and superior in many foods and beverages. The range of honey floral varieties is so vast that experiencing for yourself the uniqueness of each variety and being able to appropriate each variety to exploit every possibility to complement and improve taste of different types of foods becomes a skillful art.
rimar20002 years ago
Great instructable, MadMan.inc, but if it is honey based, it is not sugarless...

Anyway, I understand the idea. Your jelly makes my mouth water!